Plumbing is a nightmare for most homeowners. This is mostly because it creates unexpected expenses and scary problems. However, most plumbing problems can be avoided, especially when buying a new home. Before purchasing a home, you should conduct a thorough full house inspection to ensure that the sewer lines and piping systems are in good condition.
With that said, here are the most common drainage nightmares experienced in most homes and how to avoid them:
Blocked kitchen Sinks
Homeowners abuse kitchen sinks by putting food, grease and other inappropriate things down the drain line. Technically, kitchen sinks are designed to carry only water.
Avoid the expenses that come along with clogged kitchen pipes by investing in sink strainers. Sink strainers will keep things such as food and, on the odd occasion, jewellery from passing down the drain and probably getting stuck. You will get them in most hardware stores at affordable prices.
Toilet clogs are the most common types of clogs encountered within the home and often the nastiest too. The signs of a clogged toilet are mostly immediate. Instead of flushing normally, the water will back up in the toilet bowl or even overflow.
Flushing down anything else other than toilet papers can clog your toilet. This includes flushable wipes. Most old sewer systems are not designed to handle flushable wipes. Only dissolvable waste should be flushed down a toilet.
Dripping faucets and pipes are a common problem in most homes. Other than being a nuisance, leaky faucets can cost you money. This is because drips add up quickly and can hike up your water bills if not fixed in a timely manner.
Leaking faucets are mainly caused by natural wear due to use, making it difficult to avoid. However, you can slow the wear by turning the faucets on and off carefully and slowly. Ensure that you do not exert too much pressure on the handles. Conducting inspections regularly will help you detect leaky pipes early.
Some of the common signs of leaky faucets and pipes include; white lime deposits, visible rusting, small drips or moisture.
Blocked shower or tub drain
This drainage problem is mostly experienced in homes with females due to hair getting stuck in the draining system. It happens naturally but can lead to costly repairs if precautions are not taken. Removing hair from the bottom of your shower instead of washing it down the drain will prevent your shower or tub drain from getting blocked.
Low water pressure
Most plumbing problems are mainly a result of low water pressure. Depending on what the underlying problem is, low water pressure might get worse with time. Low water pressure issues can be annoying since showering and rinsing things become difficult.
Installing a filtration system will help to keep minerals and other things out of the system, preventing future build-ups. Leaks can also cause low water pressure. Check your pipes regularly to detect and fix any leaking pipes.
Washing machine floods
Most available washing machines have rubber connection hoses. These rubber hoses can dry out and burst, causing floods in a home if not noticed on time.
Replacing the rubber hoses with steel braided models can help to prevent washing machines from flooding. Also, precautionary measures such as having your machine sited on an overflowing tray can prevent damage from flooding. Get a professional plumber to help install a shutoff valve for your washing machine.
As the saying goes, a stitch in time saves nine. When it comes to plumbing this is particularly true. As soon as you notice anything unusual do what you can to check and fix the issue so it does not develop into an even bigger problem.
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