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Five Plumbing Problems Every Homeowner Should Be Aware Of

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No matter how careful you are, your plumbing system will eventually develop some sort of problem. Whether the issue involves your toilet, faucet, dishwasher, or other major plumbing components, there are ways to fix it that won’t make things worse. Below are five common plumbing issues every homeowner should be aware of so that they can properly address them if they come up. 

Drain Cleaning 

The most common plumbing problem is, of course, a clogged drain. The reasons why drains become clogged include buildup from grease and organic matter, such as food, that have been washed down it.  

Sometimes, these can be removed by boiling water in a pot and pouring it down. If you’re lucky, your clog will clear up on its own. However, if you find yourself with a more serious problem, such as tree roots growing into your pipes, call our local Port St. Lucie plumber immediately.  

Frozen Pipes 

Pipes in unheated areas of your home are susceptible to freezing in cold weather. While temperatures rarely drop below freezing in Florida, it can happen. Frozen pipes can burst, causing significant damage to your home and forcing an expensive pipe repair. To be safe, run faucets periodically over winter, particularly if it’s unusually cold, to keep water flowing through them.  

Leaky Toilet 

Because of gravity, a toilet has to be sealed very well to keep water in and smells out. But every so often, one will start to leak and leave your bathroom floor soaked. Or worse, it’ll drip into your basement or crawlspace. 

Burst Water Heater 

This is probably one of the most common problems that plumbers encounter on a daily basis. The most common cause for failure is a buildup of sediment or corrosion in your water heater, preventing it from efficiently transferring heat to your home. While you can try flushing out a sedimented tank yourself, it’s highly recommended that you leave it to a professional who has experience with these systems. 

Slow-Draining Sink 

A slow-draining sink is usually caused by air in your system. Try running your faucet on full blast for 10 minutes or so. The pressure from all that extra water should push air out of your pipes and clear up a clog. If not, try running a water softener through your system; if that doesn’t work, call our Port St. Lucie plumber. You can also make sure to clean out any screens at the bottom of your sink; they might be partially clogged, causing backflow into nearby drains.   

The beauty of identifying plumbing problems early is that you can solve them before they turn into bigger problems. It’s important that you take note of the above-mentioned plumbing problems so that you identify them when they occur in your home. Contact Cooke’s Plumbing for all your pipe repair or plumbing problems.