When you own a home, it can feel as if there is always some maintenance or chore waiting for you. And it is understandable that from time to time, homeowners get behind on this to-do list or choose to put off some of these projects. However, it is essential to know that putting off some chores and tasks related to your home’s plumbing system can result in costly and messy problems in your future. Below are several common plumbing problems that can easily be avoided if you stay on top of your plumbing maintenance and to-do list.
No one wants to stop what they are doing and deal with a slow to clear drain. Maybe you are getting ready for work or heading out for the evening when you notice the drain is not clearing correctly. But if you continue to ignore this warning sign, you will soon face a drain line that is completely blocked and threatening to overflow.
When a drain is slow to clear, take the time to clean it with a pot of boiling water or a cup of baking soda followed by a cup of vinegar. You might even need to do a little plunging. But eliminating that slight clog will save you from a complete blockage and costly plumbing bill later.
Most of us look at a dripping faucet and see only a slightly annoying drip of water. But what you are not considering is the amount of water wasted, the cost of that water, and the potential for a bigger problem. Typically, a dripping faucet can be repaired with a new washer or O-ring. However, if it is left uncorrected, that water can begin to corrode the fixture and result in a severe leak and water damage to your home. So take care of the minor problem for a few dollars to avoid a bill from your plumber and one for water damage restoration.
A Slow Flushing Toilet
If your toilet is not flushing as quickly as it once did, you should be concerned. There is no worse feeling than seeing the water rise in the toilet bowl. But as soon as the water begins to flow down the drain, you forget about your sudden fear of a flood of dirty water. That slow-to-flush toilet is a warning that you might not be as lucky in the future.
The smart move is to grab a plunger and take care of the partial clog immediately. In most cases, the issue is caused by a large wad of toilet paper clogging the drain. A few good plunges with a flanged plunger should help move that wad of paper along and let it break apart and wash out of your home’s drain line. That will eliminate the possibility of an overflowing toilet and the contamination of your bathroom.
A Tiny Leak
When you reach under the sink and discover a few drops of water, it is easy to ignore the problem and plan to fix it later. But the longer you let a small leak go, the larger it will get. Some people will go as far as placing a cup or bowl under the sink to catch the leaking water. But the only real solution is to take the time to make the repair or call in a licensed plumber. Small leaks never remain small for long.
When you need professional help eliminating a minor plumbing issue, call (505) 308-2776. The All-Out Plumbing & Mechanical team is here to help you repair the little issues before they grow into costly and big problems.