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You rely on the plumbing system in your Mansfield, TX home every day. Your plumbing system is made up of two parts. The first is the water delivery system, which delivers clean, treated water to your faucets, showerheads, and toilets. You rely on this system daily for bathing, cooking, cleaning, and flushing the toilet. In addition, your water-based appliances rely on water to function.
The second part is the drainage system. This system is responsible for removing water and waste from your drains, toilet, washing machine, and dishwasher, and you need it daily.
If either part of your plumbing system isn’t working properly, life in your home will come to a standstill. You can’t perform many basic tasks without a properly functioning plumbing system; therefore, you should be able to recognize the signs that it is time to call a plumber. If you make the call as soon as a problem begins, you can prevent it from escalating to a major issue that would require an expensive plumbing repair.
If the plumbing system in your home is exhibiting any of the following issues, you should call a plumber right away.
#1 No Water Coming From the Taps
There is nothing worse than turning on the water in your Mansfield, TX home, and nothing comes out. This issue may require the assistance of a plumber; however, before you make the call, there are a few things you should check.
First, make sure your water bill has been paid, and your service hasn’t been suspended. Next, check with a neighbor to see if they have water to rule out a widespread water outage. Finally, check another tap. If just one tap isn’t working, the issue isn’t with the water delivery system. It could be the faucet or showerhead or a leak in the waterline leading to that tap only.
If everything checks out, you will need to call a plumber. There are a few issues that could be causing the problem, and you will need a licensed professional to determine which one is causing your lack of water.
- Corroded pipes
- Clogged pipes
- Outdated or damaged materials
- An issue with the main water line
- Frozen pipes
The sooner you call a plumbing professional, the sooner you will have running water again, and life in the home will go back to normal.
#2 Rust-Colored Water
When you turn on the faucet in your home, the water should come out clear. If the water has a brown tint, you should call a plumber immediately. Discolored water signifies contamination, and your water won’t be safe for use until the issue has been resolved.
Before you call a plumbing company, find out if a water main has broken. When this happens, it is not uncommon for the water to become contaminated. This is an issue that the city or town would be responsible for repairing.
If there are no water main issues outside the house, you will need to call a plumber. If only the hot water is discolored, the issue lies within your water heater. Discolored hot and cold water signifies an issue with the pipes.
Over time, your pipes can begin to rust and corrode. When this happens, the rust and corrosion can break off and contaminate your water.
A licensed plumbing company can locate the corroded pipes and replace them, ensuring the water coming from the faucets and showerheads is clear and free of contamination.
#3 Drain Issues
If the drains in your home aren’t functioning properly, your life can be very inconvenient. Slow drains are a hassle because the sink or bathtub with a slow drain will fill up when the water is running. Clogged drains don’t allow any water to go down the drain, and you won’t be able to use the sink or tub until the clog has been removed.
You may be tempted to use a liquid drain cleaner to remove the clog in hopes of saving time and money. Unfortunately, this isn’t the best idea. Using these products won’t guarantee the entire clog has been removed. Liquid drain cleaners can appear to be functioning properly; however, if the entire clog hasn’t been removed, another drain issue can occur again shortly. Also, these products contain chemicals that can damage your plumbing system.
If you hear a gurgling sound when the water goes down the drain, it is a warning sign that there is a major problem on the way. When a large clog forms in the drain, the water will need to change directions to get past the clog and down the drain. When the water changes direction, it will produce air pockets that cause a gurgling sound.
A licensed plumbing company can use a drain camera to find the location of the clog and determine the size. This helps them choose the most effective method to remove the clog. When they are done, the water will flow freely down the drain.
#4 Dripping Faucet
Many people can easily ignore a dripping faucet. After a day or two, you won’t even notice the sound of the dripping. Also, since the faucet is dripping and not running, you may assume you aren’t wasting water.
If there is a dripping faucet in your Mansfield, TX home, it is more serious than you think. If the faucet is dripping, there is likely an issue with the faucet. If you ignore the problem, the dripping can escalate to a steady stream that you cannot stop. In addition, a dripping faucet wastes a lot more water than you might think. A faucet that drips one drop per second can waste 11 gallons of water per day and 330 gallons per month. This is a significant amount of wasted water. It can cause an increase in your water bill and is harmful to the environment.
When you call a plumber, they will inspect the faucet to determine whether it can be repaired or if it should be replaced. Fortunately, the plumber’s fee will pay for itself in the money you can save on your water bill.
#5 Running Toilet
The toilet in your home should only run after your flush. When the toilet tank is full, it should stop running. If your toilet continues to run even after the tank is full, you have a problem that would require the help of a plumber.
A running toilet may not seem like a big deal; however, it is more serious than you think. In just one day, a running toilet can waste up to 30 gallons of water. In a month, it can waste up to 900 gallons of water. This is a lot of wasted water and will cause a significant spike in your water bill.
There are a few issues that can cause this problem.
- The flapper is cracked or damaged
- The float height needs to be adjusted
- The refill hose is too long
- The tank’s seal is failing
- Your toilet has reached the end of its lifespan
A licensed plumber will inspect your toilet to figure out why it constantly runs so that they can make the necessary repair.
#6 Poor Water Pressure
Poor water pressure can be a very frustrating issue. Without adequate water pressure, simple tasks like washing your hair and rinsing a dish will take longer than necessary. In addition, your water-based appliances rely on adequate water pressure to function at peak performance.
If the water pressure in your home is poor, you should call a plumber. If just the hot water pressure is poor, the issue is with your water heater. Poor hot and cold water pressure signifies an issue with your plumbing system. If there is a clog or break in the pipe that delivers treated water to your home, it will reduce the water pressure. There could also be a leak in the waterline, which can cause water damage and mold growth.
A plumber can inspect your plumbing system to determine what is causing the water pressure issues and make the necessary repair. This is a complex job and should only be handled by a professional.
#7 Water Heater Issues
You rely on hot water every day. Without it, you cannot take a hot shower or clean your home properly. In addition, your washing machine and dishwasher need hot water to function at peak performance.
If the water heater in your Mansfield, TX home is experiencing any of the following issues, you should call a licensed plumbing company right away.
- No hot water
- The water isn’t hot enough
- Discolored hot water
- Foul-smelling hot water
- You keep running out of hot water
- Strange sounds coming from the water heater
- Poor hot water pressure
- Moisture or leaks around the unit
Water heater repair is not a DIY project. Your water heater is a complex appliance. If you attempt a DIY repair, you could cause additional problems. Also, if your water heater is under warranty and you attempt a DIY repair, you will void the warranty, and any essential repairs won’t be covered.
It is best to hire a plumber who specializes in water heater repairs to inspect the unit so they can make the necessary repair or replace the water heater if necessary.
#8 Frozen Pipes
Winters in Mansfield, TX, are relatively mild, which is why many homeowners don’t have their pipes wrapped in heated tape to keep them from freezing. If there is an arctic blast, the temperature drops drastically, and your pipes can freeze.
You can tell your pipes are frozen if you turn on the water and nothing comes out. When your pipes freeze, the water expands, which can cause the pipes to burst, resulting in a flood. Frozen pipes are serious and would require an emergency call to a plumbing company.
A plumber will know the best way to thaw the pipes quickly and safely, preventing a disaster in your home.
#9 Appliance Installation
Having a washing machine or dishwasher installed isn’t a symptom to watch for, but it is still a reason to call a licensed plumbing company. Some people will try to handle the installation process themselves in hopes of saving time and money. While self-installation may sound like a good idea, it is best to call a plumber.
If you make a minor mistake while installing the appliance, you could cause a flood or damage to the appliance or your plumbing system. In addition, self-installation will void the warranty.
A licensed plumbing company can install the appliance correctly, allowing you to use the new appliance as soon as it is installed.
Why Choose Benjamin Franklin Plumbing Of Fort Worth?
If you need a licensed plumbing company to make a repair or install an appliance, schedule an appointment with Benjamin Franklin Plumbing Of Fort Worth. We are a family-owned and operated business that has been serving customers in the area for years. Thanks to the excellent service we provide, we have thousands of satisfied customers and a 5-star rating on Google.
We understand that our customers’ time is valuable. You won’t be given a six-hour appointment window when you work with us as many companies do. In addition, we guarantee there will be a plumber at your home on time for your appointment. If your plumber is late, you will be paid $5 for every minute they are late.
Our plumbers are highly trained and skilled and can handle any plumbing issue, whether it is something minor or something major.
We have been in the plumbing business long enough to know that plumbing emergencies often arise at the most inconvenient times. If a plumbing issue arises when our office is not open, we will do our best to get a plumber to your Mansfield, TX home as quickly as we would if you had called during our regular business hours. It is our goal to make the necessary repairs, regardless of the time or day.
To schedule an appointment for plumbing service or installation, give us at Benjamin Franklin Plumbing of Fort Worth a call today.