3 Plumbing Problems That Don’t Involve Leaky Pipes and Fixtures

A plumber doing a maintenance check-up on a sink Leaks are the leading problem associated with pipes, fixtures, appliances, sewer lines, and other plumbing parts. In some instances, the leak is a sign of a major problem — like internal rust. In most cases, though, leaks are easy to fix.

However, leaks are not the only problem you will encounter with your plumbing system. Expert Plumbing, Heating, Air and Electrical says that there are times when you have to call an emergency plumber in for complex issues. Here are other types of plumbing problems and their solutions:

Low Water Pressure

Low flow faucets and showerheads are common these days. However, there will be times when the water from such fixtures tends to flow slower than normal. This can be inconvenient when you are filling your bathtub, dishwasher, and washing machine.

Low water pressure is also a common problem like leaks. This might happen when there are many of you in the house who use the faucets and showers at the same time. If the low water pressure is only happening with one fixture, the calcium buildup might be the cause. Calcium buildup is usually stuck at the faucet or showerhead’s aerator. To fix this, you need to remove the aerator and get rid of the mineral deposits therein. The aerator is located at the tip of the faucet and you can remove it easily by hand.

Frozen Pipes

You can prevent frozen pipes by letting one of your faucets drip a little all day long during winter. In case you still end up with a frozen pipe, close all your fixtures and your water supply’s main valve. Call a professional to tackle the problem right away. Frozen pipes are difficult to handle, so it is not advisable to do the repair all by yourself.

Water Hammer

Water hammer refers to the loud banging sound you hear when you quickly close a water valve. It is too loud that you might end up calling an emergency plumber right away. In technical terms, this problem is referred to as hydraulic shock. This can cause other problems to your plumbing system, so calling a professional is a wise decision. Setting up a water hammer arrestor is a long-term solution for a hydraulic shock, but make sure its installation is accurate.

Water supply is one of the things many homeowners take for granted. However, neglecting your plumbing system can cause you a lot of hassles, such as leaks, low water pressure, frozen pipes, and water hammer. For complex plumbing problems, it is best to call a professional plumber to have them fixed. Also, learn how to maintain your plumbing system properly.