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The 5 Most Common Plumbing Problems

Thursday, April 19th, 2018

As your home gets older, you may find yourself calling the plumber more often. This is because, over time, your pipes and other parts will be affected by the usual wear and tear and will become brittle or blocked. As a result, different kinds of plumbing issues will arise every now and then.

Knowing how to detect and fix simple plumbing problems can save you money, time, and unnecessary stress. Below are some of the most common plumbing problems you may encounter and tips on how to deal with them.

Leaking faucets

As faucets get older, their washers wear out as well. You can extend the life of your faucet’s washers by not turning the faucet on and off with too much force. Dripping faucets can also be repaired temporarily by replacing the joint yourself.

Leaky pipes

This typical plumbing problem can cause huge and expensive damage to floors, walls, and belongings. Leaks in pipes usually occur at joints. If this is the issue, you can easily fix this with commercial joint fillers and fitting compounds which you can buy at a hardware store. You can also prevent small leaks from worsening by checking your pipes regularly. Be on the lookout for rust or white lime deposits since they can indicate the beginnings of a leak.

Clogged or slow drains

If the water or anything that goes into your sink, toilet, or tub won’t go out, it is highly likely that you are dealing with either a partial or a complete clog. To get the drain flowing quickly again, remove the waste materials or debris immediately. There are different plumbing tools you can use for this task.

You can also use some chemical products or lubricants which will break up the waste material. This will allow the stuck material and water to flow through with ease.

No hot water coming from faucets or shower

This plumbing problem is caused by an issue with your water heater. If this problem keeps happening, before calling a  Tureks Plumbing Services, make sure you check the following first:

  • If you have an electric water heater, check the thermostat first. Your device may have a malfunctioning heating element which you can also replace since you can buy this part at most hardware stores. Check if the device is leaking water and has an undersized or weak fuse or breaker since they can cause your heater to malfunction as well.
  • If you have a gas water heater, make sure that the gas is on and the gas valve is not in the closed position. Make sure the pilot light is on as well. Adjust the setting to ensure that the temperature is set high enough to give you adequate amounts of hot water.

Low water pressure

Low water pressure is a common plumbing problem in older homes but it can also happen in newer homes, too. Low water pressure can be caused by a leaking or corroded pipe, old shower heads, blocked faucets or pipes, and other plumbing issues. You can keep this problem in check by having pressure regulators installed.

If you’re not sure you can deal with your plumbing issue, don’t hesitate to call the professionals immediately. Plumbers, such as the team of Turek’s Plumbing, will be able to correctly assess your problem and fix it quickly.

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How to Address Low Water Pressure Issues

Wednesday, January 11th, 2017

low water pressureHow Should You Handle Low Water Pressure Issues?

You woke up energetic, ready to take on the day. You hop off the bed, run to the bathroom, all pumped and ready for your invigorating morning shower. You turn the shower knob… only to get water falling down in agonizingly small, slow trickles.

Low water pressure greatly reduces your daily convenience, efficiency and productivity. Since water serves a primary role in housekeeping, cleaning and personal hygiene, difficult water access can also negatively impact your health and safety. The problem can also be costly since you may be forced to rely on other products, services and additional installation, such as a new water pump, just to get the water flowing properly.

Low water pressure issues may also indicate serious problems in your plumbing and water systems. It is thus crucial to take immediate action to prevent bigger, costlier complications and to finally ensure adequate water flow in your home.

The following are some steps to take when you notice water pressure issues:

Check for leaks

The slow and scarce flow of water in your showers and faucets may be caused by a leak in your pipes. If you suspect that this is the case, turn off all taps and water-using appliances in the property. Go to your water meter to take note of the reading. Then wait for a few hours and go back to check the meter again. Compare the first and second reading to see if water use is still registering even after you have stopped using water. Call the plumber to fix the leaks.

Call your water supplier

Low water pressure may be due to an issue in the main water supply in your area. Check your water supply company’s website or call their office to confirm if there are repairs, maintenance or emergency work being conducted. Get the details on the schedule so you can plan and prepare contingency measures.

Flush mineral and debris buildup in the water mains

Another possible reason for low water pressure is the accumulation of minerals, dirt, sand and debris in your pipes and water systems. These foreign particles and pollutants can block the water flow and significantly reduce water pressure in your home. Your plumber will have the chemicals, equipment and know-how to break down and flush out the buildup.

Replace rusty pipes

If your plumbing system has been around for many years, the pipes may already be suffering from corrosion. The rust can block the smooth flow of water, making it difficult for it to reach your shower and faucets. This is a serious issue and may require complex work and the replacement of the entire system. To handle this delicate work, call your local Fox Valley plumber for help.


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