Plumbing defects are one of the most common and costly problems that homeowners face. Plumbing defects can cause water damage, mold growth, health hazards, and increased utility bills. Therefore, it is important to identify and fix any plumbing defects as soon as possible.
In this blog post, we will discuss some of the common plumbing defects in a home and how to prevent or repair them.
## Dripping Faucets
Dripping faucets are so common that it’s rare to find someone who hasn’t experienced this issue. Dripping faucets not only lead to water wastage and cost you money, but they can also be a nuisance.
Usually, the issue arises due to worn-out washers or O-rings that can be easily replaced. However, corrosion or even improper installation of the faucet can lead to dripping.
To fix a dripping faucet, you need to turn off the water supply and disassemble the faucet handle. Then, you need to inspect the washer or O-ring for any damage or wear and tear. If you find any problem with them, you need to replace them with new ones that match the size and shape of your faucet. You can also apply some plumber’s grease on them to ensure a tight seal.
If replacing the washer or O-ring does not solve the problem, you may need to check other parts of the faucet such as the valve seat, stem, cartridge, or aerator for any signs of corrosion or debris. You may need to clean them with vinegar or replace them if they are beyond repair.
## Leaky Pipes
Leaky pipes are another common plumbing defect that can cause considerable damage to your home if left untreated. Leaky pipes can result from various factors such as corrosion, high water pressure, frozen pipes, faulty joints, cracks, or holes.
To detect leaky pipes, you need to look for signs such as damp spots on walls or ceilings, mold growth, musty odors, stained or warped flooring, or increased water bills.
To fix leaky pipes, you need to locate the source of the leak and turn off the water supply. Then, you need to dry the area and apply some epoxy putty or tape over the leak.
You may also need to replace the damaged section of pipe with new one using couplings and fittings. Alternatively, you can call a professional plumber for more complex repairs.
## Clogged Drains
Clogged drains are another common plumbing defect that can affect your sinks, tubs, showers, or toilets. Clogged drains are typically caused by grease, fat, soap scum, hair, food particles, and other debris that has accumulated in pipes over time due to improper cleaning or disposal practices at home.
To prevent clogged drains, you should avoid pouring grease, fat, or oil down your sink, use drain screens or strainers to catch hair or food scraps, and dispose of solid waste properly in trash cans or compost bins. You should also clean your drains regularly with baking soda, vinegar, or hot water to dissolve any buildup.
To unclog drains, you can use a plunger, a drain snake, a Zip-it tool, or a chemical drain cleaner to loosen and remove any blockage.
However, be careful when using chemical drain cleaners as they can be harmful to your health and environment if used incorrectly or excessively. You should also wear gloves and goggles when handling them and follow the instructions carefully. If none of these methods work, you may need to call a plumber for professional assistance.
## Faulty Water Heater
A faulty water heater is another common plumbing defect that can affect your comfort and safety at home. A faulty water heater can cause problems such as no hot water, insufficient hot water, leaking tank, rusty water, strange noises, or foul odors. Some of these problems may be due to simple issues such as incorrect thermostat settings, low gas pressure, tripped circuit breaker, sediment buildup, worn-out heating elements, or faulty valves.
To fix these issues, you may need to adjust the thermostat settings, check the gas supply line, reset the circuit breaker, flush out sediment from tank using garden hose valve at bottom of tank (turn off power first), replace heating elements (turn off power first), or replace valves (turn off power first).
However, some problems may indicate more serious issues.