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The plumbing system in your Rhome, TX, home is very complex. It comprises two parts, the water supply system, which brings clean water into your home, and the drain system, which removes water and waste from the home. If either part of your plumbing system isn’t working properly, life in your home can be difficult and oftentimes inconvenient.
With all of the do-it-yourself videos on YouTube today, more and more homeowners are making home repairs, DIY projects. Some do this to save them the cost of hiring a professional to handle the job, while others prefer DIY for the sense of accomplishment they get when they have completed a task. While some projects around the house are great DIY projects, there are other home repairs that should only be left to a professional. Plumbing repairs are a perfect example. If you make one simple mistake, you can end up causing more damage, which will result in an expensive bill.
Plumbing issues should never be ignored. If you are experiencing any of the issues listed below, you should call a licensed plumber immediately.
#1 Slow Or Clogged Drains
As careful as you are with what you put down the drain, food, grease, soap scum, and other debris can build up on the inside of your pipes, causing drain issues. If the drains in your Rhome, TX home are not draining properly, it can make showering, washing dishes, and simple daily household tasks difficult. If the drain is completely clogged, these things are impossible.
Many homeowners will try to save themselves some money and try to remove the clog themselves. Some will try liquid drain cleaners to break down the clog, allowing the water to flow down the drains easily. Unfortunately, these products don’t always work. Also, the harsh chemicals in liquid drain cleaners can be damaging to your home’s plumbing system. If the drain is completely clogged, the drain cleaner won’t be able to reach the clog.
Some homeowners will go to the hardware store to buy a drain snake to remove the clog. This is a tool used by licensed plumbers; however, if you don’t know how to use the drain snake correctly, you could end up causing damage to the pipes, resulting in a leak.
The best way to fix your slow or clogged drains is to hire a licensed plumber. A professional can use one of several methods to remove the clog quickly, safely, and completely. If the plumber is having trouble finding the clog’s source, they can send a small camera down the drain to figure out what is causing your drain issues. When you hire a licensed professional, you can be sure that the entire clog will be removed, preventing drain issues in the future.
#2 Gurgling Pipes
When the water goes down the drain, it should do so quietly. If you hear a gurgling sound when your water goes down the drain, you should call a plumber.
The problem is due to a significant clog. When a clog gets too large, the water will need to change directions to get down the drain, causing the gurgling sound. This is an issue that is easy to ignore, but you shouldn’t. If you allow the problem to persist, it won’t be long before the clog gets so large that the water won’t go down the drain at all, which is a very inconvenient issue. If you call a plumber as soon as your drains start to gurgle, you will prevent a completely clogged drain.
#3 Dripping Faucets
Many homeowners ignore a dripping faucet and don’t bother to call a plumber to make the necessary repairs. They figure that since the water is just dripping, it isn’t a big deal. Also, after a day or two, they get used to the sound of the dripping faucet, making it easy to ignore.
If there is a faucet in your Rhome, TX home that is dripping, you should call a licensed professional immediately. If the faucet is dripping, it is a sign that there is something wrong with the faucet that needs to be repaired. If you allow the problem to persist, the dripping could become a steady flow.
Also, a dripping faucet wastes more water than you think. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), a leaking faucet can waste up to 3,000 gallons of water per year, which is the same amount of water necessary for 180 showers. Not only is this massive waste of water bad for the environment, but it will also cause a significant spike in your water bill.
If there is a leaking faucet in your Rhome, TX home, you should call a licensed plumber to make the necessary repairs.
#4 Running Toilet
If the toilet in your Rhome, TX, home is functioning properly, it will run after you flush the toilet. Once the toilet tank is full, the toilet should stop running. If your toilet continues running even after the tank is full, you should call a licensed professional to figure out why the toilet is running and then make the necessary repairs.
There are a few issues that could be causing your toilet to run. These include:
- The plunger in the toilet tank is broken or malfunctioning.
- The tank’s seal is broken.
- The float height needs to be adjusted.
- The refill tube needs to be shortened.
If you think that a dripping faucet is a massive waste of water, the amount of water wasted by a running toilet will shock you. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), a leaking toilet can waste 4.5 gallons of water per minute, which equals 300 gallons of water per hour and close to 6,500 gallons of water per day. A waste of water this significant can cause your water bill to increase by up to $60 per day.
To prevent such a massive waste of water, you should call a licensed plumber as soon as you notice that the toilet is running. The longer you wait, the higher your water bill is going to be.
#5 Poor Water Pressure
If you notice that the water pressure in your Rhome, TX, home is not as strong as it used to be, you should call a licensed plumber. Poor water pressure can make it difficult to wash food off your plates while doing dishes and difficult to rinse the shampoo out of your hair. Also, poor water pressure can make it difficult for your appliances that use water to function properly.
If the water pressure is only poor when you turn on the hot water, the problem likely lies within the water heater. Over time, sediment and mineral deposits can build up inside the tank, which can clog the pipes. If both the hot and cold water pressure is poor, the aerator on the faucet or showerhead could be clogged. The problem could also be something more serious, like a leak in the waterline. If this is the problem, the water will pool up behind the wall, which can cause significant water damage. A leak like this can also promote mold growth, which can be very difficult and costly to remove.
If their water pressure is poor, it is a sign that something is going on that should be repaired by a licensed professional as soon as possible.
#6 Water Heater Issues
The water heater in your Rhone, TX, home is one of your most essential appliances. If your water heater isn’t working properly, you won’t be able to shower, wash dishes, and do laundry. Without hot water, simple everyday tasks can be difficult.
The best way to avoid a complete water heater breakdown is to contact a licensed plumber if you notice any of the following issues:
- No hot water or the hot water is not getting hot enough: There are a few issues that could be causing these problems. The thermostat on the water heater could be faulty, and the water heater won’t be able to reach the desired temperature. The problem could also be a broken element. If just one of the water heater’s two heating elements is broken, the water won’t get as hot as you would like. If both of the heating elements have failed, you won’t have any hot water at all. Until you call a licensed plumber, you will continue to have issues with your hot water.
- You are running out of hot water quickly: If you find that you cannot get through a shower without running out of hot water, you should call a licensed professional. If there is a buildup of sediment at the bottom of the tank, there won’t be as much room in the tank to hold enough hot water. For example, if you have a 40-gallon water tank, the sediment will make it so that your tank only holds 30 gallons. This will cause you to run out of hot water sooner than you should. The problem could also be due to a faulty heating element.
- Strange sounds coming from the water heater: If you hear a banging or clanging sound coming from the water heater, there could be large pieces of sediment floating around in the water tank, clanging against the sides. If this problem goes unresolved, it can cause the water tank to fail, resulting in a significant flood.
- Moisture or pooling water around the water heater: There should never be moisture around the water tank. If there is, you should call a plumber immediately. There could be a broken, clogged or a disconnected hose. The problem could be something more serious, like a leak in the tank itself. This is an emergency situation, and you should call a plumber immediately.
If there are any issues with your water heater, the repair should not be a DIY project. It takes just one simple mistake to cause even more damage. Also, if your water heater is still under warranty, trying to fix the problem yourself will void it.
#7 Frozen Pipes
The weather in Rhome, TX, is relatively mild; however, it is not uncommon for there to be the occasional cold night during the winter. If the temperature drops below freezing, your pipes could freeze. This is a very serious problem that would require the immediate assistance of a plumber.
If the temperature has dropped below freezing and the water doesn’t come out of the faucet when you turn it on, your pipes are likely frozen. When the pipes freeze, the water inside will expand, which can cause the pipes to burst. When this happens, it can cause a significant flood in your home.
A licensed plumber will know how to defrost the pipes quickly and safely, which will prevent a flood.
If you have any plumbing issues in your Rhome, TX home, contact Benjamin Franklin Plumbing of Fort Worth. We are a family-owned and operated company that has been serving residential and commercial customers in Rhome. TX and surrounding areas for years.
Each of our plumbers is licensed, insured, and highly trained, ensuring that we can handle any plumbing problem that you are having. We understand that your time is precious. If the plumber is late coming to your home, you will receive a $5 credit for every minute that they are late.
At Benjamin Franklin of Fort Worth, we take great pride in our customer satisfaction. We have an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau, and we were the 2017 winner of Home Advisor’s Best Of. We also have a 4.4-star rating with Home Advisor and a 5-star rating on Google. These accomplishments should give you confidence that we are more than capable of handling your plumbing issue.
We understand that plumbing emergencies can arise at any time of the day or night. Because of this, we offer emergency service. If you have a plumbing issue late at night or on a Sunday, we will still send a licensed plumber to your home as quickly as possible.
To schedule an appointment, give us at Benjamin Franklin Plumbing a call today.