Top 3 Common Plumbing Problems and How to Avoid Them

Uh oh. You need a Calgary plumber. Right now! But, could there have been a way to avoid the headaches that come around an emergency plumbing visit? Maybe. Here are the top 3 common plumbing problems and how to avoid them:

Clogged Toilets and Drains

Clogged toilets and drains present a real hassle. No one wants to be without indoor plumbing for several hours (especially if you’re entertaining guests). Plus, backups can cause wastewater overflow which can damage floors, ceilings, and walls — possibly introducing mold growth.

Here are a few ways to prevent pesky clogs:

  • Use hair catchers to stop hair from reaching the drain.
  • Closely supervise small children around plumbing so they don’t flush items they shouldn’t (like toys).
  • Frequently snake bathroom or shower drains to catch hair buildup in its beginning stages.
  • Check that your soaps, drain cleaners, and toilet paper say “septic safe” on the packaging (if you don’t rely on a municipality’s plumbing system).

You can also circumvent clogs by having annual pipe cleanings. Ask us how this service can prevent major issues before they happen!

Leaky Faucets and Pipes

Leaks are especially hard to detect in their infancy (especially in more discreet areas like under sink cabinets, walls, or dark basements). Make it a point to routinely check around your toilet and faucets for pools of water or drips. Check your basement, hot water heaters, and utility rooms for any signs of leaking, too. Outdoor faucets may get neglected since they’re used infrequently, so remember to check the hose connections, too.

Many of these leaks may be caused simply by O-rings or washers that have failed. Replacement washers and O-rings are readily available for do-it-yourselfers. In the case of a leaky toilet, you may be able to use a universal toilet repair kit from the hardware store.

Low Water Pressure

Low water pressure is a sign that something could be wrong in your plumbing system. Perhaps the hot water heater in your new home just isn’t the correct size. Or, if the low water pressure issue has just popped up, it could be a symptom of a much larger problem: There may be a leak!

Three of the most common plumbing issues are clogged toilets and drains, leaky faucets and pipes, and low water pressure. Fortunately, some of these issues may be preventable. When you need a Calgary plumber, consider hiring Quicker Rooter for the job. Give us a call today!

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