Many people do not think about their plumbing or the water that comes out of a faucet until something goes wrong. When there is a problem with the plumbing in the home, people quickly realize how important the water and plumbing system is to the home and the family. When something does go wrong, there can be many reasons behind the issue.
Often, there is no warning that a plumbing problem is looming. It just seems to happen out of the blue. Issues can range from minor inconveniences to major catastrophes. Some plumbing issues can be prevented with routine maintenance, while others typically cannot be avoided. Below are some of the common plumbing issues that Greenwood residents face and some steps that can be taken to avoid these plumbing issues.
Pipe and Drain Clogs
A common issue that homeowners are face is clogged pipes and drains. The following are items that people frequently put down their drains and flush in the toilet. These items should, instead, go in the trash, as they are famous for clogging pipes:
- Pet and human hair
- Paper towels
- Baby wipes
- Feminine hygiene items
The only thing that is completely safe to put down a drain is water. Sometimes, items accidentally go down the drain, such as the stickers on fruit. Unfortunately, people put the items listed above down their drain daily, not realizing that they are creating a clog they will have to deal with in the future.
While people may assume that water is harmless, leaking water can cause a lot of damage. As soon as a homeowner notices a leak, they need to call in a professional for assistance. Ignoring a leak can lead to major home damage and costly repairs. The following places are commonly known to experience water leaks:
- Kitchen faucets
- Bathroom faucets
- Home appliances
- Bathroom showers
- Bathroom tubs
- Bathroom toilets
Loss of Water Pressure
Hot showers are a luxury. A shower with little or no water pressure is a nightmare. Without a strong water flow, it is next to impossible for a person to wash their hair and get clean. Low or no water pressure is a serious sign that the home has a plumbing issue. As soon as a homeowner notices a change in their water pressure, they need to call in a professional to diagnose the problem and get the water flowing again.
Hard Water and Built-Up Minerals
Greenwood is famous for its hard water problems. Depending on where a person lives in the area, they may be dealing with water with high levels of natural minerals such as calcium and magnesium. While those minerals are typically safe to drink and shower in, they can hurt the plumbing system.
Over time, hard water minerals build up and clog pipes, drains, faucets, and toilets. Minerals can also have a reaction to soaps that exacerbate drain clogs. Hard water minerals are famous for corroding pipes over time.
In Greenwood, IN, homes use sewer lines to transport their waste away. Unfortunately, many people wake up one day to find out their sewer drain lines are not draining properly. The following are four common causes of sewer problems:
- Roots of trees
- Poor installation
- Pipe collapse
If a homeowner notices a sewer issue, they need not ignore the issue. Ignored problems can lead to broken sewer lines and even issues for the neighbors. It’s best in this situation to call in a professional to diagnose the problem and make a repair.
Loss of Hot Water
People look forward to a hot shower either first thing in the morning or right before bed. Hot showers are extremely nice during the cold Greenwood winters or after a rough workout. Taking a cold shower can put anyone in a bad mood. Calling in a professional at the first sign of a problem can get the hot water flowing and have everyone in the home enjoying their hot showers again.
Basement floods are common in Greenwood, especially during the spring rainy season. If the home floods, call in a professional for assistance. The professional can bring in a sump pump and keep the basement from filling up like a swimming pool.
Make Sure the Plumber is Reputable
When disaster strikes, it may be convenient to hire the first person who claims they are a plumber. Do not let a stressful situation lead to a bad decision. Make sure the company hired is reputable, experienced, and that the employees are background checked. Do some homework and look for real customer testimonials for the company.
Mister Quik is an Experienced Greenwood, IL Plumbing Company
Mister Quik Home Services offers heating and cooling system repairs as well as plumbing services. Mister Quik services homeowners and businesses in and around the Greenwood area. All technicians are thoroughly trained, friendly, and ready to help homeowners with their plumbing needs.