Common Arlington Plumbing Problems
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Plumbing problems typically occur at the worst possible times, before the arrival of guests, during the night or on the weekend. It is very seldom that trouble will occur at a convenient time. Even worse, is when you come home from work to find your home flooded with water and $60,000 worth of damages. Some plumbing problems simply can’t be anticipated but for those that can be, extreme difficulty can be avoided by providing a timely repair.
A clogged toilet isn’t a problem you can ignore. When a toilet that never gave trouble begins to clog repeatedly it is a sure sign that there is a problem requiring plumbers services. Quite often a toilet that suddenly begins to clog either has something stuck in the trap, or if other drains are also giving trouble there may be a clog in a drain or sewer line. For homes with septic tanks it may be a sign that pumping is required or that the field lines have failed.
It isn’t a good idea to try removing lodged objects yourself as toilets are porcelain and can break.
Septic, Sewer and Field Line Failure
Sewer lines can become clogged from grease, hair, food debris and tree roots. Advances in plumbing now provide the replacement and repair of most broken sewer lines without digging them up and replacing by using trenchless sewer line repair.
Septic tanks require routine pumping to ensure continuing function. The frequency will depend upon the size of the sewer tank, and the number of persons in the household. Typical recommendations are to have the septic tank pumped every 2-3 years. Ignoring this routine maintenance can result in failed field lines as they become non-functional due to grease and oils.
A septic field is the system of pipes that extend from the septic tank into the soil. Roots, oil and grease are often the causes of septic field line failure and they will have to be replaced. Never plant trees any closer than 50 ft. from the septic tank and keep the area of the septic field free from trees and shrubs. In addition, you do not want to place structures on top of the field lines as this can cause compaction of the soil and result in early failure of the septic field lines.
Leaky faucets can be as simple of a repair as replacing a worn washer. They often require new seats as over time they become worn and fail to properly cut the water off. The slow drips add up more than is realized, and with water being a precious resource leaks need to be dealt with quickly. Ignored too long those leaks and drips may lead to more extensive repair or even replacement of the entire faucet. Most sink drains are not large enough to allow a wide open faucet to drain water safely away and can result in the sink overflowing when worn parts allow water to break through. The damage to floors and walls from water can be catastrophic; in the long run repair is the preferred solution.
Slow, clogged and backed up drains is one of the most annoying of plumbing problems. This is one plumbing problem you don’t want to ignore as clogged drains can result in burst drain lines. Dealing with a broken drain line is far more expensive and time consuming than having a plumber to safely clean clogged drains.
Leaky showers or tub seals are another plumbing problem that can result in catastrophic damage to a home’s floors and walls. Removal of old shower and tub caulking and correct replacement is by far the wiser choice. A $3 tube of caulking can prevent tens of thousands of dollars or more in the cost of repairs to floor joists, wall framing, walls and flooring.
Routinely checking on the water heater isn’t a bad idea. If a pressure release valve has gone bad hot water is likely leaking out and will elevate the utility bill. An undetected leaking hot water heater tank or pipes is one of the most frequent causes of damage to the homes structure.
Signs that problems may be developing are the water taking longer than normal to heat up, water that is not as hot as usual, or is more hot than usual. You will want to check for leaks routinely. When installing a new hot water heater it is advisable to install a shower pan. While it will not contain the water from a ruptured line it may contain small leaks, succeeding in keeping water off of the floor. If the electrical or gas bill is elevated when weather isn’t the cause, it may point to a problem with the hot water heater.
It isn’t a bad idea to check on the water heater once a week, just visually check for any signs of water leakage, and carefully feel of the line extending from the pressure release valve. Touch cautiously as any water that is draining through the release valve will be hot. If it is hot it may have gone out, or there could be another problem with the water heater causing excessive pressure to build up activating the release valve. This requires calling a plumber for prompt repair.
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