We’ve all had that leaky faucet, clogged toilet, or maybe that moment when you step onto a soaking wet carpet and suddenly uncover a slow leak. Everyone knows this common stress and uncertainty that can come with plumbing issues. Complications with your plumbing can seem overwhelming if you don't know what to watch for. So, here are some common plumbing problems experienced by Southwest Florida residents along with potential indicators that you may need to call a plumber right away.
1. Drains Clog Easily
All drains are susceptible to getting clogged, which is why it's important to know some ways you can remedy the situation on your own. One thing you can do about a possible clogged drain is to clean in and around the drain at the first sign of a problem. Remove any soap scum, hair, food particles, or other debris to keep it from accumulating and worsening your problem. If you continue to have drainage issues after a thorough cleaning, it may be time to call in the professionals for a more extensive evaluation of your drainage system.
2. Water Pressure Is Poor
If only one faucet in your kitchen or bathroom is running at low pressure, you may be able to fix the problem by cleaning it or replacing with another device. However, if you're experiencing low water pressure throughout your entire home, this may be a sign that there is a hidden leak or blockage in your plumbing system. In this situation, it's always best to call a plumber for assistance. You don't want to end up with a huge flood or other costly issues due to an undetected leak.
3. Mold and Mildew Is Present
Especially in the bathroom, kitchen, and laundry room, undetected leaks can lead to the growth of mold and mildew, which can create significant health hazards for individuals living in the home. In some cases, you may be able to remove existing mold and mildew with a thorough cleaning. However, if a minor mold problem goes untreated, it's time to call in the experts.
4. Toilets Malfunction or Clog Often
Toilets can get clogged from time to time for various reasons. Often, these isolated incidents can be easily remedied with the use of a plunger. On the other hand, there are cases when a toilet needs professional repairs to stop recurrences of overflowing water. Some indicators that you may need to call in a plumber include:
Your toilet clogs multiple times a week
The toilet tank does not refill with water after flushing
You notice standing water around the base of the toilet
Your toilet doesn't completely flush
The toilet runs constantly
You notice rust or corrosion anywhere in or around the toilet
5. Faucets Drip
In addition to the annoyance of hearing a constant drip in the kitchen or bathroom, a leaking faucet can result in an enormous water bill each month. You can also end up with costly repairs due to pooling water. Fortunately, there are a few things you can try that may help stop the constant drip.
First, try to turn the faucet as far toward the off position as possible. If the drip persists, you may want to replace the washer, which requires taking the faucet apart. If you don't feel comfortable disassembling your faucet, or you've tried this and the faucet still leaks, contact your plumber for help.
Whether you're currently experiencing a plumbing issue or looking for a reliable plumber to perform an inspection of your pipes, Certain Water Services is happy to help. For more information about our plumbing services or to schedule an appointment with a highly experienced professional, contact us today.