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plumbing problems you should never ignore

 

Ever find yourself saying things like “It still works so I guess it’s fine,” “The water pressure used to be better in the shower, it must just be getting older,” or “That sink just drains slowly?” If so, you have plumbing problems you shouldn’t ignore.

The expert plumbers at Bardi are here to inform you of the plumbing problems you should never ignore. Read on to learn more.

1. Leaking Faucets

Although a dripping sink doesn’t set off alarm bells in the minds of most homeowners, leaking faucets are a source of significant water waste. The occasional drip from a faucet can waste up to 90 gallons of water each day.

By fixing your leaking faucet as soon as possible, you can avoid an increase of up to 10% in your utility bills.

2. Slow Draining Tubs, Showers, and Sinks

When hair, food, or other debris clogs your drains, water can’t flow down your pipes. Many homeowners will tolerate this issue, but when clogs persist, wastewater can back up into your bathroom and kitchen – an unsanitary problem that can damage your drywall, floors, and belongings.

To fix this issue, you might reach for the quick-fix solution: chemical clog removers. This is a common mistake. Chemical clog removers will damage your pipes and aren’t long-lasting solutions. Use a drain snake or call a plumber to ensure that the clog is removed.

3. Hard Water Buildup

Having hard water – water with high calcium and magnesium content – is common to 85% of American homes. If you have scum on your shower door and spots on your dishes, you have hard water.

Though common, hard water can create serious plumbing problems. Hard water will clog your pipes and gradually damage your plumbing fixtures. By installing a water softening system, you can avoid rising water bills and expensive repairs.

4. No Hot Water

You might not feel a sense of urgency if you no longer have hot water, after all, the water is still running, right? But, not having hot water is your clue that your water heater needs repair. Your problem could lie with a failed heating element, burner or pilot failure, or a faulty gas control valve. If you don’t address your water heater’s problems in a timely manner, it could deteriorate  beyond repair.

5. Low Water Pressure

While low water pressure could be a temporary water supply issue, it should still not be ignored. If, after a few days, your water pressure has not increased to regular levels, you could have a burst pipe or a blockage in the water main.

Call an experienced plumber to investigate a persistent low water pressure issue.

6. Water Stains on the Ceiling

If you notice water stains on the ceiling, the last thing you should do is paint over them. Water stains, especially when below a bathroom, are the sign of a leaking pipe. Water damage caused by leaking pipes can be severe, and expensive. If left unresolved, your floor might even collapse.

We hope this guide helps you identify plumbing problems you should never ignore!

If you have a plumbing concern, don’t hesitate – call Bardi today. No plumbing problem is too big or too small for our expert technicians. We have provided top-notch plumbing and HVAC service for our Atlanta community since 1989. To schedule service, call 770-263-9300, or check out our website.