The most common plumbing problems are clogged drains and toilets, leaky faucets and pipes, problems with the water heater, low water pressure, and a functioning toilet. Leaky faucets are annoying, wasteful and expensive. Sometimes, these droplets can be caused by a worn washer or o-ring, which can be easily replaced. In other cases, corrosion or even improper faucet installation may be the problem causing the drip.
A dripping hose bib is very common in spring and summer. After a long, cold winter, many hose bibs that aren't protected can crack and start leaking. We advise our customers to invest in a frost-proof hose bib, as it may reduce the chances of leaks in the future. The most obvious detriment to having a leaky faucet is wasting water.
Assuming that a faucet drips just once per second, that's 86,400 drips per day. At 15,140 drops per gallon, that's a total of 5.7 gallons of water wasted per day. That equates to more than 2,000 gallons a year, which is equivalent to about 8 tons of water literally going down the drain. These are the numbers of a single faucet.
If the house has more than one leaky faucet, waste multiplies quickly. Even if you have a slow drip faucet, you're wasting a lot of water. Fixing a leaky faucet and avoiding all these problems can be as simple as putting in new o-rings, but it also depends on the type of faucet you have. A functioning toilet is an even more wasteful version of the leaky faucet problem.
How bad can it get? Well, a small toilet will waste 20 to 30 gallons of water per day. A medium-sized toilet will waste more, while a functioning bidet will waste a dozen tons of water a month. If the toilet is running and a couple of quick movements of the handle don't make it stop, then you should call a plumber. Of course, the functioning toilet could be as simple as a leaking lid.
This continues to waste water, albeit at a very slow rate. One of the most common problems people call an expert plumbing professional for is slow drains. Often, these problems occur for reasons similar to those of clogged toilets. God knows what debris gets stuck in your pipes.
As with toilets, don't throw objects down the drain that could clog. Unfortunately, it's usually not possible to effectively submerge the kitchen or bathroom sink, and it's not a good idea to try because of how unsanitary it is. Leaky pipes are often the first thing people think of when it comes to calling a plumber. It could be a toilet pipe that leaks, a pipe that leaks under a sink, or just about any other pipe in your home.
Leaky pipes, such as leaky faucets, not only create enormous waste of water, but they also damage the home. Water rots wood, causes metal to rust and builds up to form breeding grounds for both bacteria and insects that transmit diseases. Leaky pipes and other fittings may need to be replaced. Even the highest quality items wear out over time.
If the culprit is an accessory, it could be so old that it would be impossible to find parts for it, at which point it's best to replace it. Pipes, whether made of metal or PVC, can be replaced much more easily than a complete system. A professional plumber will not only be able to advise you on how best to proceed, but also perform the repair or repairs of everything from a pipe leaking under the sink to signs that it is about to sprout behind the drywall in the hallway. Sudden increases in your water bill can be due to a variety of reasons.
One drip per second from a single faucet equals just under 6 gallons per day. Normal use for a family of four is approximately 200 gallons per day. Over the course of a month, that'll be 6,180 gallons instead of 6,000 and those extra 180 gallons will add up over time. The weather can also affect your bills; dry weather increases water use as you work hard to keep grass from dying.
The fact that there are more people living in your home also translates into greater water consumption. It has been estimated that an average household leak can waste 9,400 gallons of water per year. Uncontrolled plumbing problems can damage your pocket and haunt you when you need water most. Turning on the shower and never having hot water is terrible.
One drip per second equals 2600 gallons per year. As your water bill increases, as your patience decreases. Don't stress yourself, fix the drip by giving it a proper diagnosis. Finding out that your water heater isn't working is a hard wake up call.
Unless your home is warm inside, cold showers without hot water won't be a fun activity. A water heater should last 8 to 13 years, but that can be interrupted if you're not careful. Not every water heater is suitable for every home. In fact, if your heater is compact and needed for long periods of time, it won't last long.
Small, quick solutions can soon turn into big, costly problems if plumbing problems are ignored, so call your local plumber, such as Plumbing Systems Inc. While some problems are due to aging accessories or normal wear and tear on plumbing equipment, others may be due to the way certain systems are used and maintained. Leaky toilets are another easy solution with an inexpensive kit from the hardware store, but call your plumber if you need help. With towels, sheets, or other absorbent materials, try to contain the flow of water as best you can and call expert plumbing professionals.
You'll receive a profile from your plumber before it arrives so you know who's coming and will arrive on time (always). Plumbing your home is complicated and technical, but it can work reliably for decades without problems. This particular plumbing problem is relatively easy to fix if you're skilled, but if you're not, it's a simple job for the local plumber that will save you money in the long run. These are just a few of the most common plumbing problems that most homeowners will have to deal with in their home.
Your plumber can easily fix blockages, but you can also do a lot of things to prevent them from happening in the first place. . .