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Top 6 common household plumbing problems, and how to fix them

If you own your own house or property, it is therefore one of your main priorities to make sure it is as working and comfortable to live in as possible. It would then be a good idea to have a clear understanding of the most common household problems that can occur and have a basic idea on how they can be solved. Here are our top 6 common plumbing problems, and some small helpful tips on how they can be sorted. If you don’t know what you are doing or you don’t understand, call a professional to help you. More of our details will be at the bottom of the blog.

Leaky Tap

leaky tap

Drip, drip, drip. The sound of a leaky tap, at midnight keeping you awake, or during the day when you just want to kick back and relax. Without a doubt one of the most annoying and common noises in the household.If you feel like you know how to fix it go ahead, look up solutions online or in a book. If it’s an issue more serious like flooding because it won’t turn off, call a professional immediately. A helpful tip to prevent this would be to turn your tap of gently, with no unnecessary force.

Leaking Pipe

leaky pipe

A very common but lesser known problem in the house are leaky pipes. As they are usually in the walls of the house and under the sink they can be easily overlooked. We recommend you try to check the pipes you can once a month to see if they have been leaking. If not, great! If you do find a leaking pipe, contact a professional as soon as you can as, if untreated, can lose you a lot of money through leaking. If you don’t feel confident yourself, don’t be afraid to call a professional anyway to check. CES are available 24/7 so don’t hesitate to give us a call, we also offer a replacement service so you needn’t worry about that. Check out the website for more details on our many services. Better safe than sorry!

No Hot Water

hot water boiler
Having no hot water in your house can be caused by many problems. The first thing you should do is check if your heater is actually on. If not, try turning it on. If this problem of having no hot water is consistent, try checking these 3 aspects before calling a professional:

  • If you have a gas water heater, check if the light is actually lit.
  • Check the temperature setting to see if it is high enough to provide the right amount of hot water.
  • More importantly check that the heater is actually big enough for your house.

If you fear it might be something else or that all of these are fine, then definitely call a professional as soon as you can. On the note of water heaters, if you find that yours is leaking, 100% call a plumber as this is a sign that your heater has started to rust, which can be dangerous if untreated. This may mean a replacement is in order.

Clogged drain

clogged drain
Without a doubt one of the most common issues in any house is a clogged drain. Mostly occurring in kitchens, clogged drains can cause floods and especially give off a nasty smell that, from personal experience, makes you feel sick just being in the room. To prevent this from happening, always be aware of what you are putting down the drain. This includes never putting fats, oils or cooking grease down the sink. A lot of the time you can use a simple drain cleaner, but for the more serious issues, make sure you get a professional plumber to take a look.

Blocked/Running Toilet

Ah toilets, probably one of the more unpleasant areas of the house to have problems with. With blocked toilets, you can usually use a plunger to unclog them. However, if the toilet is continuously becoming blocked without any explanation, then it’s probably best to have a plumber look at it. To help stop this from becoming an issue remember to never flush anything other than toilet paper. Also, if your toilet continuously makes a humming or quiet noise after flushing without stopping, this could be a problem. If you know how, turn the water off and have a look for a leaky flapper or a bad fill valve. As always, if you are unsure on how to fix the problem, have a professional plumber look at it.

Main shut off valve issues

shut off valve
The shut off valve is probably the most important part of any home water system, as it is used to shut off all the water in the house. This valve should be checked at least once a month to see if it is still functional. If not, the best and first thing to do is call a professional to look at it as there is a risk of making whatever issue it may have worse if you don’t know what you’re doing.

Major plumbing issues should always be left to professionals to look at and fix. If you are one, great! If you don’t know what you are doing it is always best to get any issues handled by a professional as soon as possible as not to leave the problem to grow and get worse. It’s always best to keep your home or property as safe and sustainable as possible. Find out more about the services we provide on our website and don’t be afraid to call if you think there may be an issue with your home! We also provide electrical and heating services.

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