How to Troubleshoot Plumbing Problems 

Even small plumbing issues are difficult to notice, there are things that you can do as a homeowner to spot them. Some of the problems are excessive water usage, noises, low water pressure and slow drains. You can know the causes of them by reading more of this article. Click here for more.  

Plumbing Problems

When There’s a High Water Usage 

If you suspect that you have plumbing issues because your water bill is too high, there are methods you can do. First, listen for the sound of drippings. This is overlooked especially if you have a busy home but try listening to the drips when it’s quiet. Every day one drop will become thousands that will fit a gallon of water.  

Another thing you can do is look for evidence of leak. The leaks can cause mold and mildew and will even make a puddle of water. Pipes with leak will easily corrode and crack. Look for leaks in the walls near the plumbing fixtures. Look under sinks and vanities, look for droplets and touch these spots.  

You can also spot issues when your bathroom makes noises and unusual intervals. When there’s a leak in the toilet, the tank drains slowly. This can waste water and cause your bills to go high. Check the commodes and lavatories especially their supply valves. Turn its packing nut clockwise and check if the leak is stopped.  

Check your water meter regularly so you can monitor your water usage.  Check the displayed amount, wait for one hour or two then come back, make sure that no one used the water at your home. If it’s too high even though no one used the water, then you might have real problems.  

Drain or Waste Problems 

Malfunctioning drains are big problems especially if you’re using them. To know the cause, identify the problem which some of them are tub drains, slow sink and wet areas. Determine which pipe is causing the problem, is the sink connected to other fixture or not? If there’s a main line, then the problems might originate there. Its individual pipes are routed in the wall cavity where it connects with other pipes.  

If you experience a clogged drain, flush it with a very hot water. If that doesn’t work, stop the drain and fill the sink with hot water from the faucet. The water will then drain into material that clogs the pipes. Most of the time, these clogs are food wastes or residue of grease that a hot water can dissolve. The flow will then be restored.  

To make it more effective, use a cleaning product that will dissolve or dislodge the materials. This will stop the causes of clog. You can also use a plumber’s snake to unclog a drain. If you are not careful with this, you might end up compacting the material that’s causing the clog, making it more difficult to remove.  

To avoid all these things, you should do a regular plumbing maintenance so your system will remain on its good condition.  

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