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Every household relies on water for many things. You need water to wash your hands and take a shower. Water is also essential in cooking and cleaning the house. Finally, you need to have water to flush your toilet. Most people don’t think about their plumbing very often. As long as the water comes from the faucets and goes down the drain properly, we aren’t too concerned about our plumbing.
If you are experiencing any issues with your plumbing, you should not make it a DIY project. You can do simple tasks like plunging a slow drain, but a plumber should only repair more serious issues. To be sure that your plumbing system is working properly, you need to be able to recognize the signs that it is time to call a plumber.
If you turn on the water in your Granbury, TX home, and you hear the pipes knocking, it is a sure sign that there is a problem. There are a few issues that could be causing the issue. The first is something called “water hammer.” This occurs when the pipe becomes too pressurized. Loose valves can also cause the knocking in the system, loose support straps, or if the water pressure is higher than 60 PSI. If the knocking goes unimpaired by a licensed plumber the pipes can begin to leak. They can also bend and break free from the mounting, resulting in a damaging flood.
Low Water Pressure
If you turn on the sinks or the shower in your Granbury, TX home, there is likely a plumbing issue. In some cases, the shower or the sink can be clogged. To find out if this is the problem, tie a bag full of vinegar over the faucet or showerhead and let it sit for a few hours. If this didn’t solve the problem, you would need to call a professional. There are a few reasons why your water pressure is low. You could have a clogged pipe, or if it is just the hot water that is lacking pressure, it could be an issue with your water heater. The problem could be something more serious, like a burst pipe behind the walls. If this is the problem, it can result in a damaging flood. The sooner you call a plumber to diagnose and repair the problem, the better.
For the first day or two, dripping faucets can be annoying. Eventually, you can get used to the sound, but allowing the faucet to drip is a bad idea. If your faucet is leaking one drip per second, it can waste over 3,000 gallons of water per year. This equals to about 180 showers. Not only is this bad for the environment, but it will also result in a higher than average water bill. If your faucet is dripping, you should call a professional. One common cause is the water pressure. If it is too high, it can result in a dripping faucet. The issue could also be with the tap. If it isn’t draining correctly when the water is turned off, it will continue to drip. Finally, the issue could be with the valve that controls the on/off setting. If this isn’t repaired quickly, it can result in permanent damage. A plumber can diagnose the problem and fix it before any water is wasted and before permanent damage can occur.
If the water goes down your drain slowly, it can be very frustrating. Many homeowners will buy a liquid drain cleaning to fix the problem; however, these products don’t always work. Also, they can be bad for the drains. If your drains are slow, you can try pouring a pot of boiling water down the drain to see if it removes the clog. If the problem persists, you should call a licensed plumber. There could be a significant blockage that needs to be removed with a pipe snake. It could also be something more serious like a broken pipe. Finally, there could be water in the main drain that didn’t drain properly and can result in mold growth behind the walls.
No Hot Water
If you turn on the hot water and it is coming out cold, there are a couple of potential issues. Water heaters are designed to hold a certain amount of hot water. If you used too much, it would take time for the water supply in the water heater to heat up again. If you haven’t used any hot water and it is coming out warm or cold, there could be an issue with your water heater. Water heater diagnosis and repair should not be a DIY project; therefore, you will need to call a plumber to make the necessary repairs.
When you turn on your faucet, the water should come out clear. If not, the color of the water can give you an idea of what is causing the problem. White or cloudy water is common if there is too much air in the pipes. Brown, red, or yellow water could mean that there is rust in the pipes. Green water signifies eroded copper plumbing. If the water is blue, it means that the pipes are complete corroded. Because bathing in or drinking dirty water can be hazardous to your health, you should call a plumber immediately to repair the problem.
If you are experiencing any plumbing issues, schedule an appointment with Benjamin Franklin Plumbing of Fort Worth. Our licensed plumbers can visit your Granbury, TX, home to diagnose and rectify the problem. The sooner you make the call, the sooner your plumbing system will be functioning correctly.