Every homeowner has plumbing issues with their home. No matter what type of pipes or how old the plumbing is, there will always be some sort of issue. Most of these issues can be fixed on a do-it-yourself level without calling a professional plumber. However, some of the plumbing issues will work without a professional plumber service. The following are the most common water leakage problems in the home. Some of these can be fixed if they are caught early enough on the do-it-yourself level. However, some of the most common water leakage problems in the home can lead to larger issues if they go unnoticed.
Clogged Sinks and Toilets
Clogged sinks and toilets are the most common water leakage problems in the home. Though you may not believe that a clog would lead to a leak, in most cases they do. If a sink or toilet pipe becomes clogged then water backs up and leaking will occur due to the strain on the pipes, washers and fittings. The best way to handle a clogged sink and toilet is to use a plunger first to try to move the clog through the sink or toilet. If the clog does not move through the sink or toilet pipes properly then you will need to use a pipe snake. A pipe stake will help to move the clog through the area and out of the toilet or sink. If the plunger or the pipe snake does not work then you may need to call a professional plumber to help stop the clog and to release the pressure of the pipe so that any leaking will stop or not occur.
Kitchen and Bathroom Sink Leaks
The most common leaks occur in the kitchen and bathroom sink areas. This is due to the fact that these are high-traffic areas and will capture a lot of debris from either food or hair. Food and hair can cause tremendous amounts of clogging in the sink pipes which will lead to sink leaks. These clogs can be fixed using the same methods that are used for clogged sinks and toilets. If the clog does not remove itself or is not removed through certain methods then the pipes will become strained. Leaks may also occur in kitchen and bathroom sinks due to washers and sealants becoming damaged. If a washer or sealant is damaged and a leak occurs, the simple fix is to replace the washers and sealants. If you’re unsure of how to do this, most manufacturers will supply an instructional manual when you purchase a set of washers for your sink. If you are still unsure of how to handle this, then a professional plumber can help you.
One of the most common sources of water leaks is due to water pressure in the home. Water pressure may increase or decrease at different times. This increase and decrease fluctuation of the water pressure will cause damage to the water pipe washers and sealants. If the washers and sealants are damaged the leak will occur. In this situation, though it is a common situation, you may want to contact professional engineering consulting firms to determine where the water pressure issue is occurring and how to prevent that water pressure so that water flows properly through the pipes and does not cause damage to the pipes or to the sealants and rings.