5 Common Plumbing Problems You Need To Be Aware Of

Posted on October 27, 2015.

Regardless of whether you are a landlord or a tenant there are a number of common plumbing problems everyone should be aware of. Many plumbing issues can be solved prettily easily if they are dealt with quickly, saving you money and hassle. Here at Global Guardians we have some top tips on what to do if your property suffers from any of these issues.
Leaky pipesWhen a puddle appears under a pipe it should be dealt with as quickly as possible. Leaks can be quite a nuisance and be more expensive to fix the longer you leave them unattended. They usually happen at the joints of pipes but simply replacing a joint is just a temporary fix. It is recommended that leaky pipes should be sorted with a permanent plumbing repair from a specialist. While you wait, leak tape can hold off a lot of the pressure from the leak. Low water pressure No matter how much you turn a tap on, if you are only getting a gentle trickle of water there is a water pressure problem. Examining the water pressure is essential to find out how serious the issue is. Most of the time low water pressure is caused by a build up of deposits or sediment on faucet aerators, but in rare incidences it can be from a break in the main water supply line. First check whether the issue affects hot and cold water. This means it is an aerator problem and can be solved by carefully removing and cleaning the aerator with vinegar to dissolve and remove any residue. Dripping taps Perhaps one of those things that goes unnoticed the most, dripping taps may not seem that much of a problem but can cause a build up of issues. Not only can dripping taps be irritating, particularly if the sound keeps you up at night, they can also push your water bill up substantially.  Over time taps become stiff or worn allowing that annoying drip through. Maintaining taps and replacing old ones can be quite a tricky job though and often requires a skilled plumber to avoid a messy situation. Clogged or slow drains If you find that water is having trouble exiting your sink or bath it is likely that there is a clog. Plungers come in very handy to unclog drains, using air pressure to dislodge the clog. Sometimes they aren’t powerful even to remove a clog entirely though. Although commercial drain cleaners and clog remover products are useful, pouring them down the drain too much can cause damage to the pipes’ surfaces. For regular clogs that can’t be treated as suggested above, a plumber should be called in. Blocked or running toilets Like with clogged drains, blocked toilets can be fixed in a similar way. A build up of waste tends to be the cause of the problem and usually a plunger will do the trick to clear the drainage system. Sewer snakes can also better infiltrate the U-bend.  Running toilets are easy to fix most of the time as well. It is usually obvious which toilet part is broken such as the flapper, float apparatus or fill tube. Replacing this will provide an adequate flush again. Plumbing problems can definitely be costly but if you follow our tips your property should be better maintained in the long run. At Global Guardians we supply professional guardians to look after empty properties. Find out more by getting in touch or read through our blog for further property details.

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