Being a homeowner comes with many responsibilities, one of which is home maintenance and repair. It is inevitable that at some point, things will need certain levels of maintenance performed, while other things will need to be repaired. One very essential component of the home that rarely receives the attention it needs is the plumbing. Unfortunately, the only time that the plumbing gets attention is when there is a problem, and by this time, minor problems have become major ones. When you are able to recognize minor plumbing issues, you can take the necessary steps to address them before they become major problems.
Below, you will find a list of minor plumbing issues that have the potential to become major problems, but first it is important for you to understand that you should have a plumbing service come out to inspect your drains, pipes and other plumbing components a minimum of once per year, and in certain instances, twice per year.
1. Clogged Drain or Pipe
A plumbing system is designed for water to flow through the pipes at a certain volume and pressure, so, when pipes become clogged, it begins to impact the volume that can flow through the pipe, which builds up pressure. Now, everyone has heard the expression that pressures will burst a pipe, and this is definitely true. You can literally go from a simple clogged pipe to having to replace pipes because they have burst. When you realize that you have a clogged pipe, which will be evidenced by backups and slow draining, you should immediately contact a plumber to come out to address the situation.
2. Under-Sink Pipe Leaks
One of the most common places where plumbing leaks occur is underneath the sink. The primary cause of these types of leaks is the pipe being knocked or bumped out of place and poor installation — leading to misalignment. In its early stages, this problem can be rectified by having a plumbing company come out and realign the pipes; however, if it is not addressed in a timely wear, the leak can damage the cabinets and deteriorate the plumbing.
3. Clogged Toilet
Because the toilet is designed to dispose of human waste, it is immensely important to make sure to give immediate attention to any plumbing issues that may arise, because it could not only lead to expensive repairs, but health complications due to the exposure to toxic substances.
When a toilet becomes clogged, depending on where the clog is located, it should be considered a potentially dangerous situation, because if the clog is further down the plumbing line, it could be due to a sewer line backup, which could eventually push sewage back into your home.
While some plumbing issues may seem more like a minor inconvenience that a real problem, they can develop into something more monumental when left unaddressed.