Having a functional bathroom is one of the most important features of any home or business. We often take for granted the convenience of our toilets, sinks, showers, and bathtubs until something goes wrong and we cannot use them. Unfortunately, plumbing issues are one of those inevitabilities when it comes to owning a home, condo, apartment or business. Many times issues arise from old fixtures and utilities that need to be replaced as normal wear and tear begin to take their toll. In other cases, our plumbing may stop working correctly because of improper use or lack of required maintenance.
Here at Plumbing Utah Heating & Air, we have experienced and fixed all types of plumbing issues, no matter how big or small. Below is a list of the most common plumbing issues we encounter on a daily basis and what usually causes them. More importantly, we give helpful hints about how you can avoid these issues in the future.
Bathroom plumbing issues and what causes them
Dripping fixtures like faucets, spouts, and showerheads are wasteful and costly. Sometimes, these drips are simply caused by a worn-out O-ring or washer, which is a very easy replacement and can be done without calling a plumber. In some cases though, corrosion or improper installation of the fixture could be the cause of the problem.
If you find that one of your fixtures is leaking:
Check if your fixture’s O-ring or washer is worn and replace them.
If it does not seem to be that issue call a plumber to diagnose the source of the problem and fix it for you.
Pipes that leak are a lot more complicated as they can be caused by all sorts of potential plumbing problems, including but not limited to:
- Pipe Corrosion
- Pipe Joint Damage
- Broken Seal on Pipe Joints
- Excessive water pressure (that may cause, in some cases, the pipe to burst.)
It doesn’t matter what is causing the pipe to leak, this common plumbing problem is very time sensitive and needs to be fixed as soon as possible. The longer the pipes are ignored, the more potential damage it can cause to both your plumbing system and your property.
Running toilets are far more costly than a dripping fixture as it can waste over 200 gallons of water in just a day.
In most cases, the issues that can cause a toilet to continuously run include:
- Refill tube defect
- Worn out flapper
- Corroded toilet handles
Repairing a constantly running toilet is usually an easy fix compared to larger plumbing problems. If you need help, contact us today and we will assist you in replacing any parts that are necessary to get your toilet back to tip top shape.
Weak Water Pressure
Not having the correct water pressure makes things tricky for your plumbing system and also can cause some damage as well. Often, low water pressure could be a result of:
- Water leaks around the property
- Pipe corrosion
- Drain clog
- Cracked sewer line
This is a more advanced problem that will require a technician to come over to your property and use special tools to make sure that your pipes are in good shape and that you don’t have potential corroded pipes elsewhere that may be causing water damage to your property, especially in lower levels.
Sump Pump Failure
These failures can be related to a problem within the unit or maybe another external issue. Usually, the cause includes:
- Stuck switch
- Clogged pipes
- Improper installation
- Wear and Tear or Aging of the system. After 10 years these systems are more likely to experience these types of failures.
Water Heater Issues
How water is an extreme necessity, especially during the winter months. When your water heater does not produce hot water, it’s likely to be caused by issues like:
- Heating element failures
- Sediment Buildup in the system
- Broken electrical connections
- Improper installation
- Wrong size unit for the property’s needs
Here at Plumbing Utah, we have all of your plumbing repair needs covered. Whether you’re dealing with a common plumbing problem, or a time sensitive emergency.