3 - 4 Sneaky Plumbing Problems to Look Out For

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Real Estate Agent with Daily Real Estate Update
Plumbing issues are one of the most expensive types of home repair and maintenance. 
Thus, it's important to be vigilant so they don't sneak up on you. Here are four of the most common plumbing problems you might encounter. 

1. Leaky Pipes
 


A leaking tap can be annoying, but a leaking pipe can be much more serious. Pipes that leak large amounts of water or for long periods can cause significant home damage. Some houses that fall victim to leaks might need to be completely gutted, which can be a nightmare to deal with. 

Avoid sneaky leaks by taking care of your pipes in cold weather. Keep your home's interior temperature as constant as possible, and leave a little water running from the tap when temps dip well below freezing. Always address small drips and leaks before they become major problems. This is the easiest way to ensure you don't come home to a huge and expensive mess. 

2. Running Toilets

One of the most costly plumbing problems is often a running toilet. This subtle issue can cause you to waste almost 200 gallons of water a day. That much water being lost adds up to a lot of money quite literally flowing down the drain. There are two common reasons you might have a running toilet:

The valve between the tank and the bowl that controls the water flow is faulty.

Sediment buildup is causing a gap in the valve that is allowing water to get through. 

A quick visit and repair from a professional should easily stop your toilet from running.

3. Slow or Clogged Drains

Food, fat, hair, and more can clog the sinks, toilets, bathtubs, and showers in your house. To prevent a slow drain from becoming a full clog, take steps to fix this problem as soon as you see the early signs: gurgling, water backup, bad smells, and, of course, water that's slow to drain. At-home solutions for drain clogs include using a plunger and a plumber's snake or applying baking soda and vinegar. Take caution, however, when creating these mixtures as home. When in doubt, call in a plumber to clear your drains properly and effectively. 


4 . Low Water Pressure

A major problem in older homes is low water pressure. It might be caused by pipes that have worn out over time or by sediment that has built up during use. You can typically fix the latter issue with vinegar and elbow grease. The former, however, is more serious. Broken, corroded, or worn-out pipes can cause more than just low water pressure problems. They can result in pipe bursts and significant water damage. It's important you have low water pressure problems investigated to save time and money in the future. 

All four of these plumbing problems can appear when you least expect them and can become a nightmare for all involved. The most cost-effective way to handle any plumbing issue is to have a professional figure out what's going on before it becomes a serious problem.
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