The three main residential plumbing problems
In almost all cases, the plumber’s work is to repair existing plumbing. In this article we will focus on those conditions that cause homeowners to call a plumber for help. We will examine the three main problems you may encounter at your home and what you can do before you call a plumber.
These are not hard-and-fast rules, as other factors such as water pressure and soil type should be taken into account. But if these conditions exist in your homes, take note. You’ll save yourself some time and money by knowing what conditions require immediate attention from a professional plumber .
One of the most common reasons for calling a plumber is a leaky faucet.
If your faucets are dripping or leaking, you should take care of the problem immediately . A slow drip can waste large quantities of water and money, especially in homes with multiple bathrooms. You may also want to get a new faucet if it is difficult to turn on or off . The standard lifetime for most bathroom faucets is one year. If yours are older, you’ll probably need to replace them soon anyway, so try repairing them first. You may simply need some washers replaced or other minor adjustment that will get the job done without causing damage , though this isn’t always possible. Replacing old washers requires no tools but does require some handiwork and patience .
Washing machine hoses are also a reason to call a plumber.
If your washing machine hose is leaking, you need to get it replaced immediately . Washing machine hoses are designed for only light-duty work and have a limited lifetime . It may be prudent to replace the hose every five years or so, but even if your old hose isn’t leaking yet it’s probably a good idea to invest in a new one. You can buy them at an appliance store or home center . The replacement process is pretty simple; you’ll need wrenches and possibly some teflon tape , depending on the type of connection. If you’re not sure how it works, refer to your owner’s manual.
Leaks from outside faucets (or garden hoses) are another common source of trouble .
If the spigot is leaking, turn off the water by closing the shutoff valve under the sink. Then replace any washers that are old or missing. Sometimes you’ll need to tighten a screw on that connects to the handle, known as a bonnet nut . If it’s still leaking after doing this, chances are your spigot is simply broken and will need to be replaced . Before replacing it, apply some teflon tape if you have an adjustable wrench , or wrap the threads on your new faucet carefully with pipe joint compound (pipe dope) . Don’t overtighten it !
Lastly, let’s talk about toilets .
If you’re constantly getting clogged toilets , you may need to invest in a new model. We recommend having the newer low-flow toilets with double flush systems . If you have an older model that repeatedly gets clogged, install a larger “roughing in” wax ring on the bottom of your toilet. This is especially important if you’re using a pail and plunger or other types of “drain cleaners.” You should also avoid flushing items like paper towels down the toilet; they’ll come back to haunt you later!
Also, don’t use chemical drain openers unless absolutely necessary ! Flush them away when you’re done using them and try plunging instead. When it’s time to replace your old commode with something more, choose one that will cause less strain on your septic tank and sewer lines .
Finally, make sure you clean your floor and toilet drains regularly.
This will help keep them in good condition and prevent clogs from forming . Just be careful when cleaning under the rim of your toilet; use a brush with rubber bristles instead of a sharp object like a toothpick . If you notice that water is draining slowly into your sink or tub, try using a plunger to clear it out . If that doesn’t work, there might be sediment buildup in the drainpipe , which requires some heavy-duty equipment to remove. In this case, it’s best to call a plumber !
If you know what causes these problems to occur you can get rid of them easily.
For instance, the rubber washer of your faucets will wear out after a period of time , so you can easily fix this problem by replacing it with a new one . If the spigot is leaking because of an old bonnet nut, you just have to tighten up the nut again to stop the water from leaking . If your toilet is clogged, try plunging it until it goes away instead of using chemical drain openers. By doing these things yourself, you’ll save lots of money on plumbing fees!
The people of Leander are in disbelief after the newest little city on the block, is turning into a monster.
New Leander opened for business in 2013, when they ran into some trouble with their water supply. The city had to find another source of clean drinking water instead of what they were currently supplied by. So, they ended up having to drill even deeper into the ground than most cities due to the major drought that was occurring at the time, and hit crystal clear rainwater lake underneath them!
This discovery led to immediate construction of an entire new city right next door to their current location. The City has seen nothing but success since its introduction back in ’13 so they figured why not? One giant leap for mankind New Leander was born!
The City has everything you could ever want. All the conveniences of a large city with all the necessities of small town life. From restaurants to corporate offices, medical practices, daycare facilities and even an Indian Casino, everything one could need is at their fingertips here in New Leander.
Even though it is practically brand new, there are already close to 100,000 residents calling this place home now with many more moving in each week. The most popular neighborhood seems to be just beside the water reservoir where most homes feature waterfront views due to the lack of previous structures that may have stood on those lots before New Leander was built. So far just about every lot is spoken for with eager buyers lining up around the block each week to put their name on any new lots that may open up for sale.
People are also very surprised at the diversity of people living in New Leander. You can come here and find anything you want, whether it be food, education, housing or even religious services. Every need is fulfilled here with no exceptions!
As time goes by though, something happens in most cities with a large population. They seem to grow exponentially fast! Just like what happened with Dallas when they merged with Fort Worth or San Louis Obispo when they joined forces with Santa Maria in the 60s. Bigger cities attract smaller towns due to their sheer size and potential for growth within them… But this seems to happen at lightning speed when you have places over 1000 miles away moving in together, just because they can!
Leander is starting to have some problems now. The City has seen the crime rates rise over 50% in the past two years, traffic problems are becoming unmanageable, water supply issues are at an all time high and there’s not enough jobs for everyone that lives here anymore. They seem to be growing much faster than their infrastructure can handle with things looking pretty grim for this once peaceful little city. What do you think they should do next? It looks like they’ve already exhausted every option available… Do you think it’s too late for them?
New Leander may look shiny and new on the surface but underneath that exterior is something no one expected when they began construction almost 10 years ago. Nothing seems to be able to stop this place now, no matter what happens it just keeps on growing and absorbing smaller cities around it like Leander.
What do you think the future holds for these two City’s? Will they merge together into one giant city thats simply too big for itself or will New Leander become so large that its outskirts grow outwards until they reach all the way back to where they started? Would anyone even notice if they did merge someday? I guess we’ll have to wait and see
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