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Have you ever thought about the number of times a day you use your plumbing system? Many people don’t, but if you pay attention for one day, you will see that your plumbing system is used multiple times a day. Most families turn on the water 20+ times a day. In addition, the toilet is flushed multiple times a day, and many families use water-based products daily.
Because you rely on your plumbing system all day long, you need it to function in tip-top shape.
Your plumbing system consists of two main parts, the water delivery system, and the drainage system. If either part of the plumbing system isn’t functioning properly, it can make life in your home very inconvenient. With all the do-it-yourself videos online today, many homeowners are making home repairs DIY projects. Although DIY is great for some projects, plumbing repairs aren’t one of them. The plumbing system in your Mansfield, TX home is very complex, and if you make one minor mistake, you could cause more damage and even cause a leak in the home.
If your plumbing system is experiencing any of the following issues, it is best to call a licensed plumber.
#1 Drain Clogs
Most plumbers will tell you that the most common call they get is for drain clogs. Regardless of how careful you are with what you put down the drain, food, grease, hair, soap, and chemicals will find their way down the drain, which can cause a clog.
If the clog in the drain is small, the water will drain from your sink or tub slowly. Even though the water will eventually go down the drain, this is still a frustrating problem. Slow drains will cause your sinks to fill up when the water is running. In addition, by the time you finish showering, you will find yourself standing in several inches of water.
Many people try to remove drain clogs themselves with liquid drain cleaners to avoid the cost of hiring a plumbing company. Unfortunately, this isn’t the best solution. There is no guarantee that the drain cleaner will remove the entire clog. If there is anything left behind, it won’t be long before you deal with another slow drain. In addition, these products contain harsh chemicals designed to break up clogs, and these chemicals can cause permanent damage to the pipes.
A completely clogged drain is an even bigger problem because you cannot use the sink or tub until the clog has been removed. Also, a liquid drain cleaner will be useless because it won’t reach the clog.
It is best to call a plumbing company if the water is draining slowly or won’t drain at all. A plumber can use a drain camera to find the clog’s location and determine the size, so they can choose the best approach, ensuring the entire clog has been removed.
#2 Noisy Drains
If the drainage system in your Mansfield, TX home is functioning properly, the water will flow freely and quietly down the drain. If your drains are making a gurgling sound when the water goes down, you should call a plumber.
Many people ignore this issue because they feel that as long as the water is going down the drain, it isn’t worth the time and money to hire a plumber. Ignoring the issue is a mistake, and a call to a plumbing company is essential.
The gurgling sound often signifies a large clog in the drain. When the water goes down the drainpipe, and there is a large clog, it will need to change directions to get down the drain. The change in direction can create air in the pipes, which causes a gurgling sound. Ignoring the issue will result in a complete drain clog, making it impossible to use the sink or tub.
A plumber can remove the entire clog, preventing issues in the future.
If you find water pooling under the sink in the kitchen cabinet or under the bathroom sink in the vanity in your Mansfield, TX home, you should call an emergency plumber. The same is true if there are watermarks on the walls or ceilings or standing water on the floor. These are all signs of a leak somewhere in the plumbing system that should be repaired immediately.
Ignoring the leak can cause significant water damage and mold growth in the area of the leak. In addition, the leak will waste a significant amount of water, causing your water bills to increase.
A plumbing professional can perform a leak detection service, which will help them find the leak’s location so it can be repaired. The sooner you make the call; the less water damage will occur.
#4 Water Heater Issues
Even though the water heater in your Mansfield, TX home is technically an appliance, it is still an essential part of your plumbing system. Without a water heater, you won’t have hot water to shower, clean, and cook. In addition, without a water heater, you cannot use your hot water-based appliances.
Because your water heater is essential to your daily life, you need to recognize the signs that your water heater has issues so that you can call a plumber right away. The signs to look for include:
- No hot water
- The water isn’t getting hot enough after letting it run for a while.
- Foul-smelling hot water
- Discolored hot water
- Poor hot water pressure
- Strange sounds coming from the water heater
- Moisture or leaks around the unit
Water heater repairs should never be a DIY project. If you don’t know what you are doing, you could cause more damage to the water heater. In addition, DIY water heater repair can be very dangerous. Finally, if the unit is still under warranty, it will be voided after a DIY repair.
It is best to hire a licensed plumbing company to resolve water heater issues. Plumbers are trained to repair water heaters safely, and your warranty will remain valid. The sooner you call a plumber, the better.
#5 Toilet Problems
Anytime a toilet in your Mansfield, TX home isn’t working properly, life in your home will be more complicated. This is especially true if you have just one bathroom in your home. Because a broken toilet can create chaos, it is best to call a licensed plumber right away.
The most common toilet issue is a clog. Toilets can get clogged when too much waste and toilet paper are flushed. In many cases, the clog can be removed by using a plunger. However, if the clog is too large or located too far down the drainpipe, the plunger will be useless, and you will need to call a plumbing company. A licensed professional can remove the clog safely and completely, so you can start using the toilet again and can be sure it will be flushed.
A running toilet is another common issue. Toilets are designed to run when you flush the toilet. When the toilet tank is full, the toilet should stop running. If it continues to run, you should call a licensed plumbing company.
Although it is easy to ignore a running toilet, you shouldn’t. A running toilet can waste over 30 gallons of water per day and over 900 gallons per month. This is a significant amount of wasted water and will cause a drastic increase in your water bills. In addition, wasting this much water is harmful to the environment.
There are a few issues that can cause a toilet to run constantly.
- The flapper is cracked or won’t stay closed.
- The float height needs to be adjusted.
- The refill tube is too long and needs to be shortened.
- The toilet tank’s seal is failing.
- The toilet has reached the end of its lifespan and needs to be replaced.
Because so many issues can cause a toilet to run, it is best to call a licensed plumber to diagnose and repair the problem.
#6 Dripping Faucet
Many people don’t worry much about a dripping faucet, and this issue is ignored often. A dripping faucet is more serious than you think, and you should call a licensed plumbing company immediately.
There are a few issues that can cause a dripping faucet.
- A worn-out washer
- A loose O ring
- Corrosion in the valve seat
- The faucet has reached its maximum lifespan and needs to be replaced.
If a faucet in your Mansfield, TX home is dripping, ignoring it will cause the dripping to escalate to a steady stream that you can’t stop.
In addition, a dripping faucet wastes more water than you think. A faucet that drips one drop per second can waste over 30 gallons of water per day and over 330 gallons of water per month, significantly increasing your water bills and harming the environment.
A plumber can inspect your faucet to determine if it needs a new part or if it is time to install a new one.
#7 Discolored Water
The water coming from the faucets in your Mansfield, TX home should be clear. If the water has a brownish tint, you should call a licensed plumber right away.
If just the hot water is discolored, the issue is with the water heater. If the hot and cold water is discolored, the issue is with the plumbing.
The most common cause of discolored water is corrosion in the pipes. As pipes age, they can begin to corrode, and the corrosion can contaminate the water. Corrosion can also occur if clogs remain in the pipes too long, and the clog can corrode the pipes.
An issue with the waterline issue underground can contaminate the water.
It is dangerous to shower, drink or cook with contaminated water; therefore, you should call a licensed plumber right away. If you have to use the water, it is best to boil it first until the issue has been resolved.
#8 Reduced Water Pressure
Poor water pressure is a very frustrating problem. Without adequate water pressure, simple daily tasks like rinsing a dish and washing your hair will take longer than necessary. Also, your washing machine and dishwasher won’t function at peak performance without adequate water pressure.
If just the hot water pressure is poor, the issue is with the water heater. Poor hot and cold water pressure signifies an issue with the plumbing system and requires a plumber’s help.
There are a few issues that can cause reduced water pressure.
- Outdated fixtures
- Clogged water pipes
- Corroded plumbing
- Faulty pressure regulator
- Partially or fully turned off water valves
- Faulty water valves
Because so many issues can cause this problem, you will need to hire a plumber to determine the cause and make the necessary repairs. The sooner you make the call, the sooner life in your home will return to normal.
Why Choose Benjamin Franklin Plumbing of Fort Worth?
If you are having issues with your plumbing system and want to work with the best plumbing company in the business, call Benjamin Franklin Plumbing of Fort Worth.
We are a family-owned and operated business that has been serving customers in the area for years. We provide all types of plumbing services and repairs. We also offer drain cleaning service, plumbing installation, and we are experts in installing, maintaining, and repairing traditional tank water heaters and tankless water heaters.
Our plumbers are professionally trained, highly skilled, licensed, and insured. They have the skills to repair any plumbing issue you have, whether simple or complex.
We understand that your time is valuable, which is why we guarantee to arrive at your home on time. If the plumber is late, you will be paid $5 for every minute they are late.
We have been in this business to know that plumbing issues can arise at the most inconvenient times, which is why we offer emergency service. If you have a plumbing issue, you can be sure we will be here for you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
To schedule an appointment for plumbing service, give us a call today.