3 Most Common Plumbing Fails and How to Prevent them in Your Home

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Plumbing failures are not uncommon, and they mostly happen when you are not ready for them. 

If you’ve ever had to deal with strange noises coming from your pipes, found water leaking through the ceiling or the sink drain, or had clogged pipes, you understand how frustrating this is. Luckily, there are a few things you can do to help prevent more problems and lessen the frequency of such occurrences 

With these tips, you can prevent plumbing problems in your home—and save yourself time and money.

Preventing leaky faucets and valves

Leaky faucets are one of the most common plumbing problems homeowners face, so keep an eye out. While a leaky faucet may not feel like an emergency, it is a nuisance and a waste of resources. Fixing a leaky faucet can save you more than 5% of your water bill. 

Faucet drips happen when the seal on the tap is worn out, dislodged, or stiffened. Corroded valve seats also contribute to this, alongside high water pressure. 

Leaky faucets may occur due to natural wear from using plumbing regularly, and this can be a bit difficult to prevent as they are bound to happen. However, you can slow the wearing out by using faucets carefully and without excessive pressure on handles. Issues can be prevented by looking out for moisture and rusting 

If you notice any signs of trouble at all with any of your faucets (like hairline cracks or discoloration), contact a professional right away because they can do more than fix the problem; they can also prevent future issues 

Also, while water-saving faucets may seem like a good idea on paper, they are not as efficient at getting the water out as a standard faucet. They are also more likely to fail. 

Preventing Water Heater Issues

If you notice your water is not heated and is discolored or causing weird noises, there is most likely a problem on your hands. Due to the nature and complexity of water heater fails, it poses a potential danger and should be handled by a professional. Leaks and mineral deposits are the most common culprits of such failures. Build-up on the heating components may also be responsible for weird noises coming out of your water heater. 

To keep your water heater running smoothly, clean out any debris or sediment that could build up in the bottom of the tank. Also, regular checks for leaks around your water heater will save you time in the long run—if you notice one, contact a professional immediately so they can fix it before it causes more damage or impacts other systems in your home. 

Preventing Low Water Pressure 

Low water pressure problems are more common in older homes, but they can happen in new ones too. It can happen out of the blue or may result from gradual deterioration. Having water come in slowly is very frustrating, making it hard to do everyday things in your home, like dishes and showering. 

Leaky pipes cause low water pressure, water breaks, or mineral build-up underneath fixtures. To prevent this from occurring, ensure you check for leaks regularly and have a filtration system to help prevent buildup. 

The sudden onset of low water pressure is mainly caused by a big leak or corrosion, and only a plumbing expert should help you fix this. 

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