Having easy access to ample water supply is one of the wonders of civilization that many take for granted. You often only realize its importance once plumbing fails. Daily activities such as taking a bath, doing the laundry, using the toilet, or even watering the lawn become affected with a compromised water supply.
If it’s not water supply that becomes the problem, then it’s water disposal. Toilet or drain clogs can cause the sludge to back up. This is not only unhygienic, but could also pose serious health hazards for you and your family.
When these problems manifest, it’s important to call professional plumbers promptly. Any delay brings risk of bigger damage and more expensive repair bills. Watch out for these early signs of potential problems, so you can act in a timely manner and seek help.
Low Water Pressure
If there’s low water pressure and there’s no problem with your water supply, there may be something blocking the flow of water from the source to your fixture. The blockage could be anything from accumulated debris within the pipe, such as dirt, sand, and other pollutants, to mineral buildup. It could also be caused by internal corrosion, which means that the problem may have already spread throughout the rest of the pipeline.
Detecting where the problem actually is won’t be easy and will require professional help. A plumbing expert would have the necessary tools to identify the problem areas and apply the most appropriate solutions for them.
The fact that there are leaks in your fixtures is already a clear sign that you have a plumbing problem in your hands. It could be due to an external damage or normal wear and tear. Depending on the severity of the problem, you may also have to replace certain parts such as the rubber or plastic gaskets in faucets.
Unlike in the case of low water pressure where the clog is caused by mineral build-up, the other kind of clog you should concern yourself with is the one due to human activity. This could be triggered by improper disposal of leftover food or toys accidentally flushed down the toilet.
Tempting though it may be to try and pull these out yourself, you may end up making the clog worse by pushing the items deeper into the pipeline or, worse, dropping your tools in the drain or pipe, thereby adding to the obstruction.
A professional plumbing contractor like Capital Plumbing should be able to help you remedy these situations fast. Ask a plumber to do regular maintenance checks, so you can avoid having to call for emergency repairs.
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