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If you are like most homeowners, you probably don’t think about the plumbing in your home too often. As long as the water comes out of the faucet clear, and at the right temperature, you don’t worry too much. You also expect the water to flow freely down the drain. It isn’t until you start having issues that you begin to worry about your plumbing system. If you begin to experience any of the issues listed below, you should call a licensed plumber. Because plumbing systems are very intricate and complex, plumbing repairs should not be a DIY project. It is best to leave all plumbing repairs to a professional.
#1 A Leaky Faucet
A leaky faucet can be annoying. The constant dripping sound can be annoying, but over time, you can start to get used to it. You may not think that a leaky faucet is a big deal and doesn’t require the help from a licensed professional, but it is more serious than you might think. If you allow the faucet in your home to continue leaking, you will waste over 3,000 gallons of water each year. This is the equivalent of 180 showers. A leaking faucet can also be a sign of something serious going on within the faucet that needs to be addressed immediately. It is best to call a licensed professional as soon as you notice the dripping to make the necessary repairs.
#2 Clogged or Slow Drains
If the drains in your Temple Terrace, FL home are clogged, it can make simple household tasks difficult. Many homeowners will buy a liquid drain cleaner in hopes of removing the clog. In many cases, these expensive products aren’t effective. Even if the water starts flowing down the drain faster, it doesn’t mean that the entire clog was removed. Also, liquid drain cleaners can be damaging to your pipes. The safest and most effective way to get the water flowing freely down the drain again is to call a licensed professional. A plumber will use a drain snake to get down into the pipes to remove the clog completely. They may also put a camera down the pipe to make sure that the pipes are clear.
#3 A Constantly Running Toilet
Your toilet should only run right after you flush, and the tank is refilled. Once the tank is full, the running should stop. If it doesn’t, you should call a licensed plumber. A running toilet can waste over a gallon of water, which adds up to 26-gallons of wasted water each day. This can cause a drastic increase in your water bill. In most cases, the problem lies within the mechanics inside the toilet. When you hire a plumber, they will find the cause of the problem and make the necessary repairs.
#4 No Hot Water
There is nothing more annoying than turning on the hot water, and it comes out cold or not hot enough. When this happens, it can make washing your hands, showering, doing dishes, and using appliances that require hot water impossible. If your water isn’t getting hot or hot enough, the problem likely lies within your water heater. If the thermostat on the heater is faulty or if one of the elements in the water heater isn’t working, your water won’t get hot. Any type of water heater issues shouldn’t be a DIY job. First, water heaters are complicated appliances. Making one small mistake can result in a complete breakdown. Also, if your water heater is under warranty, trying to make the repairs yourself will void the warranty. Any type of water heater issues should be handled by a licensed professional.
#6 Rusty Water
If you turn on the water and it comes out rusty, you should call a plumber immediately. Rusty water is very dangerous for drinking as well as bathing. If it is just the hot water that is coming out rusty, there is a good chance that the problem lies within your water heater. If the inside of the water heater is beginning to rust, it will come out in the water. If both the hot and cold water is coming out rusty, the problem likely lies within the pipes. In this case, you will need to hire a licensed plumber to find the corroding pipes and replace them. It isn’t a good idea to wait too long to call a professional. The sooner you have the issue repaired, the sooner your water will be safe for drinking and bathing again.
#7 Knocking Pipes
Healthy pipes should not make any noise at all. If you turn on the water and your pipes start knocking, you should call a plumber immediately. There are a few issues that can be causing the knocking, and they are all serious. The noise could be due to a problem called a water hammer, which occurs when there is too much pressure in the pipes. The sound could also be caused by loose support straps, loose valves, or if the water pressure is over 60 PSI. If you allow the issue to persist, it can cause serious problems with your plumbing system. It is best to hire a plumber as soon as you hear the knocking in your pipes.
If you are having any issues with your water heater or the plumbing system in your Temple Terrace, FL home, contact Drain Flo Plumbing. We have been serving customers in the Temple Terrace area since 2008. Our knowledgeable staff of licensed and insured plumbers has the experience and skill necessary to handle any issue you have. Also, we understand that plumbing issues can arise at any time of the day or night, and we offer emergency service 24 hours a day, seven days a week. To schedule an appointment with one of our licensed professionals, give us a call today.