Understanding the basics of your Kuna, ID, home’s plumbing system is an important key to minimizing and preventing problems. The problem is, most first-time homeowners don’t know a lot about plumbing and what kind of problems they’re likely to face. A little research can go a long way, however, when you’re trying to be a more responsible homeowner. If you want to know what to look out for and when to call a plumbing service company, here are some of the most common plumbing problems homeowners face.

Drain Clogs

Most homeowners have dealt with a clogged or slow drain at some point, so what’s the big deal? Well, drain clogs continue to get worse with time, which means there’s no avoiding a plumbing service call if you can’t get your own drain unclogged. Plus, bad drain clogs can lead to sewage backups and other plumbing emergencies that can cost you a fortune.

Make sure you’re careful about what you’re putting down your drains and take the time to clean them once in a while. Simply avoiding flushing or washing the wrong things down your drains and using a liquid drain cleaner occasionally can save you a huge headache.

Leaks

Leaks are another plumbing problem many homeowners have the unfortunate experience of dealing with. Whether you’re dealing with a minor leak that’s more of a drip or a bad leak that’s causing water to gush out of a pipe, you need to call a plumbing service expert right away.

Just like clogs, leaks only get worse with time. The longer you leave a leak alone, the more water it’s going to waste, the bigger the leak will get and the more water damage you’ll have to clean up. When it comes to leaks of any size, acting fast is one of the best things you can do as a homeowner.

Burst Pipes

Although burst pipes are fairly common, they’re one of the worst plumbing problems you can experience. Pipes burst when the water inside them freezes, which causes it to expand beyond what the pipe can hold. The pipe breaks and the water flows freely out of the pipe when it thaws, wasting lots of water and causing major water damage.

Preventing burst pipes is as simple as having a plumbing service company identify problem pipes and make sure they’re properly insulated. Adding insulation to walls as well as wrapping pipes in heat tape can help protect against burst pipes during the winter no matter how cold temperatures get.

Running Toilets

A running toilet might not sound like a very good reason for a plumbing call, but this can be one of the most expensive plumbing problems. After you flush your toilet, it should run until the bowl and tank have enough water and then stop running. Sometimes, however, it doesn’t.

When your toilet doesn’t stop running, it keeps wasting water trying to fill the tank that can only fill to a certain point. While this isn’t one of those problems that leads to major water damage or puts your family in danger, leaving a toilet running can lead to a huge increase on your monthly water bill.

Dripping Faucets

If you’ve owned a home for a while, chances are you’ve heard a faucet dripping in the other room at some point. Dripping faucets can be caused by a few different things, but you should always call a plumbing service professional if you notice your faucet dripping.

Sometimes people forget to turn their faucets off fully, in which case a slight nudge can stop the problem. However, dripping faucets are often the result of a problem within the faucet, whether that’s a bad gasket, corrosion, or a washer. Since a dripping faucet is likely to get worse and can raise your water bill a substantial amount, a plumbing service call is always in order if you’re dealing with a faucet drip.

No Hot Water

Waking up in the morning and getting your day started is tough without hot water, which is one of many reasons we have water heaters in our homes. Unfortunately, water heaters aren’t made to last forever, and it’s not uncommon to find yourself without hot water all of a sudden.

Most of the time, a lack of hot water is caused by a bad heating element or thermostat. There are two thermostats and two heating elements in most residential water heaters, so it could be either the upper or lower one. In any case, you can usually get your hot water back on with a fairly quick and inexpensive plumbing service call, with the worst-case scenario being replacing the water heater.

Low Water Pressure

Low water pressure is a somewhat common plumbing problem that has a lot of different potential causes. Low water pressure in a single fixture is usually caused by a bad aerator or some other type of clog, but low water pressure throughout your home is a sign there’s something wrong with a water line, meter or valve.

If you’re not getting enough water pressure in your home, it’s best to call a plumbing service company before trying to do anything yourself. Even if turning a valve or repairing or replacing a fixture seems simple, it’s best to leave it up to the experts.

Make Plumbing Simple

Owning a home can be a stressful experience, but educating yourself and finding qualified professionals who can help makes things a lot easier. Lucky for you, EC Plumbing has your back no matter what kind of plumbing services you need for your Kuna, ID, home. From repairing or running new water lines to installing fixtures and unclogging drains, our licensed plumbers can do whatever it takes to get the job done. If you have a plumbing problem you need us to fix, call EC Plumbing at (208) 318-5533 today.

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