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Every system in your Arlington, TX home is essential for your comfort and convenience. One system you cannot live without is your plumbing system.
Your plumbing system is made up of two parts. The first is the water delivery system. It is responsible for bringing clean, treated water to your water main and to the faucets, bathtub, and toilet. The second part is the drainage system. It is responsible for removing water and waste from your home to your septic system or a wastewater treatment plant.
Simple daily household tasks will be challenging or impossible if either part of your plumbing system isn’t functioning properly. This can make, like in your home, difficult and inconvenient.
With all the home repair videos on YouTube and other websites, more and more homeowners are making home repair DIY projects. While some projects are excellent DIY projects, there are some repairs that should only be handled by a professional, and a plumbing repair is one of them. Your plumbing system is very complex. If you make one small mistake, you could end up doing more damage.
If your plumbing system is experiencing any of the following issues, you should leave the repair to a licensed plumber.
#1 You Have No Running Water
If you don’t have any water coming into your home, you have a serious problem. You rely on running water to perform many household tasks, and without water, life in your home will come to a standstill.
There are a few possible reasons that you don’t have water coming into your Arlington, TX home.
- A clogged tap connection
- Aged materials
- Clogged pipes
- An issue with the water main
- The emergency shut-off valve has triggered or has been damaged
- Frozen pipes
These are serious issues that would require the assistance of a licensed plumber. Before you call a plumbing professional, you should check with a neighbor to see if they have running water to determine if there is a widespread water outage. If your neighbors have running water, the issue lies with your plumbing system, and you should call a plumbing professional immediately.
#2 Weak Water Pressure
Adequate water pressure is essential in performing daily household tasks. If the water pressure coming from your faucets and bathtubs is weak, simple tasks like rinsing your dishes and washing your hair will take longer than necessary. In addition, poor water pressure will affect the way water-based appliances, such as your washing machine, dishwasher, and refrigerator with a water dispenser or an ice maker, function.
If only the hot water pressure is poor, the issue is likely due to a malfunctioning water heater. If the hot and cold water pressure is poor, the issue is with your plumbing system.
If the water pressure from one faucet or showerhead is poor, the aerator could be clogged. If there is inadequate water pressure coming from all the faucets and showerheads, there could be a clogged pipe or a leak in the waterline. If this is the case, you should call a plumber for emergency service. When water leaks from the waterline, the standing water can cause significant water damage and cause mold growth.
If you have a water pressure issue, it is best to call a licensed plumber as soon as possible.
#3 Discolored Water
When you turn on the wat4er in your home, the water should be clear. If the water has a brown tint, you should call a plumbing professional as quickly as possible.
If just the hot water is discolored, the issue lies within your water heater. When sediment builds up in the tank, it can break up and come out in the hot water. In addition, if the inside of the tank is starting to break down, pieces of metal will come out in the hot water, causing it to be discolored.
If the hot and cold water is discolored, there is a good chance that your pipes are corroded, and the rust and corrosion are mixing with the water.
Because it is unsafe to use discolored water, it is essential that you call a plumber right away. If you need to use water before a plumbing professional can get to your house, it is best to boil it first.
#4 Dripping Faucet
Many people look at a dripping faucet as a minor issue that doesn’t require immediate attention. These people assume that since the facet is just dripping that they aren’t wasting much water. The truth is that a dripping faucet is more serious than you think.
If there is a faucet in your Arlington, TX home that is dripping, it is a sign that there is an issue with the faucet’s mechanics. If you allow the issue to continue, it won’t be long before the dripping becomes a steady stream, which will waste a significant amount of water.
In addition, a dripping faucet wastes more water than you might think. If your faucet is dripping one drop of water per second, you will waste up to 11 gallons of water per day and 330 gallons of water per month. This amount of wasted water will cause a significant increase in your water bill, and it is harmful to the environment.
It is best to call a plumber as soon as your faucet starts dripping. A plumbing professional will charge you to repair or replace the faucet, but the cost of the service will pay for itself in the money you will save on your water bill.
#5 Your Toilet Is Running Constantly
If the toilet in your home is constantly running, you have a problem. A properly functioning toilet will run after it is flushed, and when the water tank is full, it should stop running. If the toilet continues to run after the tank has filled, you should call a plumber immediately.
There are a few issues that will cause your toilet to run continuously.
- The flapper is leaking and needs to be replaced.
- The refill tube is too long and needs to be shortened.
- The float height needs to be adjusted.
- The toilet’s seal is failing.
You may not think that a running toilet isn’t an emergency; however, it is best to call a licensed plumber immediately. The amount of water wasted from a running toilet is significantly higher than the water wasted from a dripping faucet. A running toilet can waste up to 30 gallons in just one day, which equals 900 gallons per month.
It is best to call a licensed plumbing company as soon as your toilet starts running constantly.
#6 Slow Or Clogged Drains
There is nothing more annoying than a slow or clogged drain. If the water goes slowly down the drain in your Arlington, TX home, simple daily tasks will take longer than they should. If your bathtub drain is clogged, the tub will fill with water when you take a shower. If the drain is clogged completely, you won’t be able to use the sink or bathtub.
You may be tempted to remove the clog yourself using a liquid drain cleaner; however, there are a few reasons why this isn’t the best option. First, there is no guarantee that the drain cleaner will remove the entire clog. If part of the clog is left behind, it is just a matter of time before the clog gets larger, and the water will start draining slowly again. The drain cleaner won’t reach the clog if the drain is clogged completely, making it completely ineffective.
In addition, liquid drain cleaners contain harsh chemicals that can cause damage to the pipes, which is a very expensive issue to repair.
If the drains in your home are slow or clogged, it is best to call a licensed plumber. There are several methods a plumber can use to remove the clog. They can use a camera to find the location of the clog and see how large it is. Using this information, a plumbing professional will choose the best way to remove the clog.
#7 Water Heater Issues
The water heater in your Arlington, TX home is one of the most essential appliances. You rely on hot water every day, and your dishwasher and washing machine rely on hot water to function properly. Because your water heater is so essential, you should do whatever possible to prevent a complete water heater breakdown. If your water heater is experiencing any of the issues below, you should call a licensed plumber immediately.
- No hot water
- The water isn’t getting hot enough.
- Discolored hot water
- Foul-smelling hot water
- Poor hot water flow
- You are running out of hot water often.
- Strange sounds coming from the water heater
- Moisture or water pooling around the water heater
If your water heater isn’t functioning properly, a plumber can come to your home to inspect the water heater. A plumbing professional can also determine whether your water heater can be repaired or if it needs to be replaced.
#8 Frozen Pipes
Winters in Arlington, TX, are relatively mild, which is why many homeowners don’t wrap their pipes with heated tape. It is not uncommon for the temperature to drop below freezing at night, and without heated tape, the pipes can freeze.
If you turn on the water on a cold night and nothing comes out, there is a good chance your pipes have frozen, and you should call a licensed plumber immediately.
When your pipes freeze, the water expands in the pipes, which can cause them to burst. If this happens, your home will flood and will sustain significant water damage.
A licensed plumber will be able to thaw the pipes as quickly and as safely as possible. They can also put heated tape on the pipes to prevent the pipes from freezing again.
It is best to call a plumber as soon as you suspect that your pipes have frozen.
#9 Appliance Installation
If you purchased a washing machine, dishwasher, or refrigerator with a water dispenser, an ice maker, or both, you might be tempted to install it yourself to save money. Unfortunately, this is not the best idea. If you don’t install the appliance correctly, it won’t function properly, and you could end up doing permanent damage to the appliance. If your new appliance is under warranty, making the job a DIY project could void the warranty.
A licensed plumber will know how to install these appliances properly. In addition, when you have a plumbing professional install the appliance, the warranty will be valid.
Why Choose Benjamin Franklin Plumbing Of Fort Worth?
If you are having an issue with the plumbing system in your home and want to work with the best plumber in the business, schedule an appointment with Benjamin Franklin Plumbing Of Fort Worth.
We are a full-service plumbing company that has been serving customers in the area for years. We provide plumbing service and repairs, leak detection, water heater installation, maintenance, and repair, and we install water filtration systems.
Over the years, we have earned an excellent reputation in the community and the industry. We have a 5-star rating on Google, and Home Advisor has listed us as a Top Rated and Elite Service. In 2017, we were the winner of Home Advisor’s Best Of award.
We understand that most people have busy lives, and your time is very valuable. This is why we guarantee to be on time for your scheduled appointment. If the plumber is late, you will be paid $5 for every minute they are late.
We have been in the plumbing business long enough to know that plumbing issues can arise at the most inconvenient times. If you have a plumbing issue outside of our regular business hours, we will do our best to get a plumber to your home as quickly as we would if you were to call during our regular business hours.
To schedule an appointment for plumbing service, give us at Benjamin Franklin Plumbing of Fort Worth a call today.