Maintaining a home always turns out to be a bigger task than we first imagine it will be. No matter how new or old your house is, there are going to be quirks that demand your attention or pesky problems that pop up (usually right before your in-laws come to visit, because sometimes your house has a cruel sense of humor). In particular, plumbing issues can prove to be quite a headache if they’re not addressed. Sometimes plumbing problems develop gradually over time, meaning that we don’t notice how the kitchen sink is draining slower or how the toilet is running for longer than it used to after it was flushed.
The following will examine some of the more common plumbing-related problems your home might have that a professional plumber will be able to help you with.
1. Emergency Services
Let’s start with the most obvious service a pro plumber can offer you: emergency services. If something plumbing-related isn’t working in your home, you can call a plumber. This can include sinks, tubs, showers, and toilets as well as leaking or frozen pipes and water that smells or looks off.
Many plumbers can make time in their schedules to quickly address any emergencies before further damage is done to your home or your belongings. If you’re unsure whether your issue is plumbing-based or requires another area of expertise you can call and ask your local plumber. They’ll let you know if another industry should be tackling the work.
2. Drain Cleaning
A pro plumber can give all your drains a quick clean. This will help ensure that you don’t run into clogs and other plumbing issues later on down the road. It will also put an end to slow draining sinks and tubs plus get rid of any bad smells coming from your drains. For the best results, drain cleaning should be done once per year in addition to your regular at-home drain cleaning. If you have small children or a lot of people in the house, you might want to consider doing this once every six to eight months. Children for some reason love sending things down the drain and more people mean more hair, food, and products down the drain no matter how careful you and your family are.
3. Water Heating Issues
If the last person to shower for the day gets cold water in your home, you might want to consider calling a plumber to take a look at your water heating system. Believe it or not, you don’t need to be rationing how much of your water is heated and how much is used cold. It’s always good to reduce the amount of water you waste for environmental reasons, but you should not have to use the water you need cold when hot would do a better job. As a bonus, experts at All Service Plumbers have also pointed out that the government is currently offering tax rebates and incentives for installing tankless water heaters in your home. Hot water makes washing dishes easier, it makes showering more effective, and helps certain loads of laundry. Don’t sacrifice cleanliness when you don’t have to.
4. Repiping Services
Depending on when your house was built, you might need some repiping. This is a tricky one, as sometimes people can be unaware of their repiping needs as the pipes are hidden in the walls and beneath the sink. This being said, sometimes repiping is a matter of life and death. Back in the day, pipes were built out of different materials, some of which are dangerous for human health. In particular, led piping was commonly used once upon a time in America, and led poisoning, which can come from water moving through led pipes, is a serious health risk. Led piping is more often found in homes built before 1986.
Beyond these more sinister reasons for repiping, sometimes pipes have been damaged by weather or other problems and have become prone to leaks or cracks. Sometimes pipes make terrible, irritating noises when the water is turned on. In any of these situations, repiping can be desirable or necessary.
Keeping the above services in mind can help keep the water in your home running warm and smooth. It can also ensure that you and your family are keeping yourselves clean and healthy. It is important to remember that even if the water looks and smells fine, it is a good idea to have the water tested when you move into a new place to make sure that you are aware of any potential threats to your health.