Major Topics of this Article Include

  • Common Plumbing Problems and Water Damage

  • DIY or Call a Plumber

The Plumbing Problem and  Solution

1. Dripping Faucets

Having trouble with your pipes? You’re not alone. Here at Metrix Restoration, we’ve seen it all! Here’s a list of the top 10 most common plumbing problems we come across and some handy tips on how to stop them before they start.

  • Ever tried to sleep with a dripping faucet in the next room? It’s a common issue that can waste a lot of water over time.
  • Check your faucets regularly for any signs of wear and tear. If you find your faucet is dripping, you might need to replace the washer inside.

2. Slow Draining Sink

A sink that takes forever to drain is usually a sign of a blockage, often caused by food items or hair.

  • Make sure you only put suitable items down the sink. Use a sink strainer to catch food and other items that shouldn’t go down the drain.

3. Clogged Bath or Shower Drain

Just like your sink, your bath or shower can become clogged with hair and soap over time.

  • Use a drain guard to catch hair and soap and clean it out regularly.

4. Running Toilets

A running toilet can waste up to 200 gallons of water per day. That’s a lot of wasted water

  • Check your toilet’s flapper valve regularly to make sure it’s not worn out. If it is, you might need to replace it.

 5. Leaky Pipes

Pipes can start to leak due to age, damage, or freezing weather.

  • Insulate your pipes in the winter to protect them from freezing. Regularly check for any signs of damage.

6. Low Water Pressure

When your shower turns into a dribble, you could be dealing with low water pressure.

  • Regularly clean your showerheads to remove any mineral build-up.

7. Jammed Garbage Disposal

Misusing your garbage disposal can cause jams.

  • Avoid putting fibrous or starchy waste in the disposal. Always run cold water before and after using it.

  8. Water Heater Issues

Nobody wants a cold shower! Issues with your water heater can leave you in the cold.

  • Have your water heater serviced annually to keep it running smoothly.

9. Sewer System Backups

A backup in the sewer system can be messy and unpleasant.

  • Avoid flushing anything other than human waste and toilet paper. Have your sewer lines checked if you notice recurring problems.

10. Washing Machine Leaks

Your washing machine can cause major leaks and flooding.

  • Check your washing machine’s hoses for any signs of wear or damage.

Why Preventative Plumbing Is Worth It

Every plumbing problem can potentially lead to water damage. This is why Metrix Restoration recommends structural drying and applying an antimicrobial treatment for every plumbing leak. For just $500, you can prevent a problem that could cost $3000 to fix in the future with mold remediation. So, take action early! The health of your home might depend on it.

DIY or Call a Plumber?

When to Make the Call

Ever had a dripping faucet or a clogged drain and wondered, “Can I fix this myself, or should I call a plumber?” You’re not alone. It’s a question many homeowners face. Here, we’ll look at when it’s okay to roll up your sleeves and when you should pick up the phone.

1. Clearing Minor Clogs

A slow-draining sink or a shower that’s pooling water might mean you have a minor clog. This is typically a job you can handle yourself. A plunger, plumber’s snake, or a hand auger can often clear these clogs.

2. Dripping Faucets

That constant drip, drip, drip can be annoying, and it wastes water. If you’re handy, you might be able to fix this by replacing the faucet’s washer. But if you’re not comfortable disassembling the faucet, call a professional.

3. Running Toilets

A toilet that won’t stop running is usually due to a problem with the flapper valve. This is a job you can probably handle. Most home improvement stores carry toilet repair kits that can help you fix a running toilet.

4. Leaky Pipes

Those wet spots under your sink could be a sign of a leaky pipe. Minor leaks may be fixed with a patch kit or plumber’s tape. But if the pipe is old or corroded, it’s best to call in a professional to prevent further damage.

5. Water Heater Issues

No one likes a cold shower. If your water isn’t getting hot, there might be a problem with your water heater. This is a job for a plumber. Working with water heaters can be dangerous due to the high temperatures and pressure.

6. Low Water Pressure

If your shower has turned into a dribble, you might be dealing with low water pressure. Try cleaning your showerhead first. If that doesn’t work, it’s time to call a plumber. Low water pressure could be a sign of a more serious issue with your plumbing system.

7. Major Installations

Whether it’s a new shower, a dishwasher, or a garbage disposal, installations can be tricky. While you might be tempted to try it yourself, major installations are typically best left to the professionals.

Choose Metrix Over The Matter

In some cases, a little DIY can solve your plumbing problems. But if you’re unsure or if the job seems big, it’s always safer to call in a professional. Remember, trying to fix something yourself can sometimes lead to bigger problems (and bigger bills) down the road. When in doubt, give your trusted plumber a call.

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