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Most people will experience small plumbing problems from time to time. Sometimes, these problems are exactly what they seem to be–minor. On the other hand, there are many plumbing problems that only seem small; in reality, they could be masking more serious problems. We rely on our plumbing system every day. When those small issues turn into major problems, they can stop up the entire household until plumbing service can be procured. In Rhome, TX, customers rely on Benjamin Franklin Plumbing of Fort Worth to tackle their plumbing problems whether they’re large or small. Here, we’ll explore those typical plumbing problems that you should monitor just in case there’s something more serious going on.
Many people have experienced pipes. You might have a leaky faucet in your Rhome, TX, kitchen, or bathroom right now. These issues are easy enough to ignore, but just consider how much water you could be wasting–water that you’ll still have to pay for when your water bill comes due.
Sometimes leaky faucets could be caused by water pressure that’s set too high or mineral buildup. Another problem that could be at the root of your leaky faucets is corrosion. Corrosion is a serious problem, especially when it affects your pipes. Pipe corrosion is a major concern as it can cause pipes to fail. If your pipe ruptures, you could wind up with thousands of dollars worth of plumbing damage plus the need for plumbing service repairs!
The best thing to do if you have multiple leaking faucets or your leaky faucet persists even after you clean the aerator or make adjustments is to contact your plumbing service. Benjamin Franklin Plumbing of Fort Worth can send a skilled plumbing professional to your home to evaluate your faucet leaks. They can fix the problem and inspect your plumbing system to ensure nothing more sinister is going on that’s behind your leaky faucets.
Low Water Pressure
If you’re experiencing low water pressure, that can certainly be an inconvenience when you’re trying to wash dishes or shower, but low water pressure is not a circumstance to take lightly. Low water pressure can be a clear sign that you have a plumbing leak–and a rather serious one if it’s affecting your water pressure to a great extent.
Unfortunately, the pipes of your plumbing system aren’t entirely visible. While you can open cabinet doors to check pipes below your kitchen and bathroom sinks, there are expanses of the system that you simply can’t see because they’re located in the walls or beneath the floor. In this case, your absolute safest option is to contact your plumbing service to visit your Rhome, TX, home and assess the problem. If you do have a leak, it’s essential to repair it before the water can cause even more property damage.
Low water pressure could be caused by a municipal water problem. You could investigate and contact them before you call your plumbing service. The mineral build-up may also be at the root of the problem. Unless you’re certain of the cause, you should contact Benjamin Franklin Plumbing of Fort Worth to sort out the problem.
If the leak is extensive and has already damaged drywall and other structure materials, you may need to contact a contractor who specializes in those types of home repairs. You may also need mold remediation services.
If your plumbing system is prone to clogs, don’t ignore the possibility of a major problem. Small clogs are a nuisance. You may even be adept at unclogging your sinks or other drains where there’s a clog. However, numerous clogs can indicate a more serious blockage in the line. While you may be able to open the line a bit, the clog may be much too stubborn for DIY efforts.
Seriously blocked drains can cause water to back up in other sections of your plumbing system. Clogs can also put extra pressure on pipes. If your pipes are aged and have signs of corrosion, they could rupture with a serious clog, and that’s a mess you don’t want to experience if you can avoid it.
If you’ve been experiencing numerous leaks at your Rhome, TX, home, contact your plumbing service to perform drain cleaning. They can use hydro-jetting equipment, for instance, to clean the drains. Whatever you do, don’t continue to throw commercial drain cleaners into your drains. If there are multiple clogs in the line, the cleaning solutions could wind up sitting in the plumbing system where they could do damage to your pipes.
In order to keep your plumbing system functioning smoothly, invite your plumbing service to your home to clean your drains if you’ve begun to experience more than the occasional clog. Benjamin Franklin Plumbing of Fort Worth features a number of drain cleaning solutions we can employ to clear out the clogs and keep your plumbing system in top-notch working order.
High Water Bills
Have your water bills been costing you more than usual lately? While it could be your teenagers taking luxuriously long showers, your increased bills could also indicate a leak in your plumbing system. Take to your household members to see if they’ve been taking longer showers than usual or doing more laundry than usual. If you have a company that is using extra water, that could lead to a bump in your bill.
However, if no one is responsible for using more water, you should consider the possibility of a leak. Contact your plumbing service to see what they suggest. If it’s been a while since your last plumbing system maintenance appointment, you should schedule one. A Rhome, TX plumbing technician can determine if there’s a leak somewhere. If there is, it’s crucial to repair it quickly and also assess the damage that the leaking water may have caused.
If you live in an older home, you might chalk up your noisy pipes to simply the age of the system. Unfortunately, loud, rattling pipes indicate that your pipes aren’t secure. In fact, the longer you ignore the rattling, the more likely your pipes have become unsecured. This is a problem that should be addressed. As water flows through the pipes and causes them to rattle, the constant shaking can lead to a rupture.
Let your plumbing service tackle this problem by securing the loose pipes and assessing their condition. It’s definitely less inconvenient to deal with this issue before a rupture occurs. It’s also much less expensive to tackle plumbing problems when they’re still at the “small problem” stage.
Running Toilet or Other Toilet Problems
A running toilet or toilet that leaks might not seem like a major problem. Plus, if you can fix these issues yourself, you may not need to contact your plumbing service for help. However, a running toilet should be addressed because it’s going to cost you. You’ll literally be needlessly flushing water away that you’ll have to pay for. When a toilet is constantly running, it can go through hundreds of gallons of water in just one day! If you’re seeing a big increase in your water bill and your toilet has been running, at least you’ll know what the increase occurred.
If your toilet is leaking, that’s certainly inconvenient and can be messy. However, the leak can do damage to your bathroom flooring. If you need help sealing the toilet, your plumbing service can help. Don’t ignore these issues or you could wind up with bigger bills than you expected!
No Hot Water
Not having hot water is inconvenient when you need to shower or wash dishes. Often, households do run out of hot water because someone has already used it up. However, if you still don’t have hot water after about an hour (or even less time), there could be a problem with your hot water heater.
Hot water heater problems become more common as the appliance ages. Generally, these units should last between 8-13 years. Your plumbing service can evaluate your water heater to determine what’s amiss. One common problem for water heaters as they age is rust and corrosion. If your water heater’s anode rods become corroded, they can deteriorate and lead the tank to corrode.
Additionally, your hot water tank problems could be due to sedimentary buildup. Minerals can settle at the bottom of your hot water tank. The sediment can cause clogs, reduce water flow, and damage the water heater to the extent that you’re left with lukewarm or cold water.
If your water heater is not producing hot water or is not functioning as it should, call our plumbing service to check it out. We can make quick water heater repairs or, if needed, we can help you source a new water heater and then install it to perfection.
Most people don’t give too much thought to their sewer systems. In fact, if sewer issues occur, you might even think that it’s a municipal problem. Sewer problems can be serious, however, especially if they begin to cause a backup in your home. If sewage comes back up through your drain, it can be a nightmare. Sewage contains bacteria that are harmful to both humans and pets. Plus, it’s a mess that has to be cleaned up with care.
If you suspect that the sewer line has a clog, don’t assume it’s minor. Your entire household’s plumbing system depends on the sewer line working properly. A clogged sewer line can be caused by food or grease buildup in the line. However, it could also be caused by encroaching tree roots or even a collapsed sewer pipe. If the pipe has collapsed, no amount of drain cleaner will solve the problem, so it’s best to avoid using these products from the start.
If you have a blocked sewer line, contact your plumbing service right away. They can clear the block using a router. They have access to professional plumbing and sewer system equipment that most homeowners do not. It’s important to have a rooting system that can cut through tree roots if necessary in order to clear the line. Also, the rooting system can extend all the way from your home to where your sewer line enters the main city line.
Your plumbing service should be able to tell you what’s causing the sewer clog. In many cases, it’s easy to tell once they retract the router. You may even see them cleaning off the tree roots from the cutter. Often, a thorough rooting solves the problem, but not always. Once tree roots get into the sewer line, they’ll keep growing even if your plumbing service cuts through them. Over time, these roots can cause the pipe to collapse. If your sewer line collapses, it will need to be replaced.
Sewer line replacement is a major project. Often, it requires the digging up of property in order to access the collapsed pipe so it can be removed and replaced. The cost for this repair can be substantial–several thousand dollars. Nevertheless, once replaced, the sewer line will function properly again. Your plumbing service can discuss the ins and outs of the situation with you.
Don’t let these small plumbing problems turn into major ones. Sometimes a major problem can occur quickly, so the sooner you contend with seemingly small plumbing problems, the better. Benjamin Franklin Plumbing of Fort Worth serving Rhome, TX features a team of experienced plumbing services who are licensed and certified to perform all of our plumbing services. Your plumbing system and fixtures are in safe hands with us. Be sure to call us with questions or to schedule a plumbing system inspection. We can get to the root of small problems fast. If you need plumbing repairs, you can expect efficient and affordable service.