As experienced and skilled plumbing contractor in San Ramon, there are some problems we end up seeing over and over again. Understanding the most common causes of plumbing issues for homes and businesses means you can prevent these problems from arising and keep your plumbing in better shape.
1. Low water pressure
Low water pressure can be annoying, resulting in unsatisfying showers and slow appliance operation. Low water pressure is often due to low mains pressure, problems with a pressure regulating valve or a partially closed shut off valve. Yearly plumbing inspections from a qualified plumber can help to keep valves and shut off fixtures in check, to prevent low water pressure.
2. No Hot Water
No one wants to turn on the shower to find there is no hot water, but this can happen all too often. A lack of hot water is generally due to a problem with the water heater, so preventing this issue means keeping your water heater well maintained and serviced. To prevent water heater issues, check your water heaters operation, valves, anode rod and tank condition at least once yearly. Your plumber can provide inspections and repairs to your water heater to ensure your heater runs smoothly all year round.
3. Dripping Faucet
Dripping faucets are extremely common, and yet should not be ignored as the water wasted can add up to thousands of gallons a year. One of the most common causes of dripping faucets is a loose or damaged washer or stem. It's not easy to prevent your washer from wearing out, but you can replace it when dripping starts. You can replace these yourself, or ask your plumber for professional service or diagnose the issue is washer replacement doesn't correct the issue.
4. Plumbing leak
Plumbing leaks can occur in main lines or sewer lines, or in other secondary lines throughout your home. Leaks can cause minor staining, dampness, and mold or could cause significant floods. The only way to prevent leaks is to have your plumbing inspected annually by your plumber. If your plumbing is old or likely to break down, repiping may be necessary to prevent leaks.
5. Slow Drains
Clogged or obstructed pipes usually cause slow drains. Preventing slow drains means preventing drain blockages. Always use a filter or guard over your drains to prevent large objects going down the drains. Never put anything other than water, human waste and toilet paper down the drain. If your drains do get blocked, call a plumber for rooter service, or better yet, hydro jetting. Hydrojetting clears clogs and thoroughly cleans pipes to prevent clogs forming in the future too.
6. Running Toilet
A running toilet is a very common problem which is often caused by issues with the flapper valve, float or fill tube. Keeping these parts maintained and checking them regularly can help prevent a running toilet. Your plumber can also check for a toilet that's running so subtly; you might not even notice it with the untrained eye.
7. Noisy Pipes
Noisy pipes are common plumbing issues that can result from a number of causes, including excess pressure and air in the pipes. To prevent noisy pipes, ensure water pressure in the pipes is kept at a reasonable level, using a pressure Regulating valve if necessary. Annual plumbing inspections help to ensure no pipes or fixtures are loose to reduce pipe rattling and banging.
Regular inspections and maintenance from your qualified plumber are the best ways to prevent the most common plumbing problems and keep your plumbing working reliably at all times.