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Water service lines provide your home with clean water. Water service lines are connected by your water company. You’re expected to keep them repaired and maintained. Old water service lines have potential plumbing problems. Old water service lines can be made of lead and should be replaced if they need repaired.
They can become damaged due to poor maintenance, pipe design and age.
Signs of damage include leaks, pooling water under sinks and mold. Repairing your water service lines now is better than further plumbing problems. As well, as keeping your water bill down.
1. Low water pressure
When someone is experiencing low water pressure it is usually at the sink faucet. The first thing to check is if the low water pressure is affecting both the hot and cold water. If both the hot and cold have low pressure the most likely cause is the aerator. Calcium deposits slowly build up in the faucet aerator and reduce the water pressure. A blocked aerator is a very easy thing to fix. To clean out a faucet aerator carefully remove the aerator, clean out any debris and build up on it and put it back on.
2. Slow Draining Sink
A sink that is draining slowly is a very common plumbing problem. Often the pop-up that is used to stop up the sink can collect a lot of hair and debris over time. To get the drain flowing smoothly again the debris needs to be cleaned out. Most pop-ups are held in place with a nut attached to the drain just under the sink and can be unscrewed by hand or with pliers. Once the nut is removed the pop up can be cleaned and then reinstalled.
3. Slow Draining Tub
A slow draining tub is another very common plumbing problem that can be easily fixed. Often the tub drain is full of hair which slows the water down as it drains out of the tub. If there is a tub stopper in the drain you may have to remove the tub stopper before getting to the hair clog. It is a good idea to clear out the debris in the tub drain on a regular basis even if the tub is not draining slowly. If it is left too long it could end up clogging the drain completely.
4. Running Toilet
Another common plumbing problem that many people are familiar with is a running toilet. There are various things that can be causing the toilet to run but they are easy to fix. The first step is to figure out what is the cause of the running toilet. Once you know which of the working parts of the toilet is causing the problem you can replace it or repair it and stop the running water.
5. Jammed Garbage Disposal
A jammed garbage disposal is high on the list of common plumbing problems. Many people lose the nifty key that comes with the garbage disposal to help unjam it. Fortunately an Allen wrench can be used to unjam a garbage disposal. At the very bottom of the disposal there is an opening to insert the key. Using a 1/4 inch Allen wrench simply turn in both directions to free the motor.
Did you know your bathrooms use the most water on a daily basis? The stress put on the drains and waste water and freshwater lines in a bathroom are immense, and even the best cared-for bathroom will eventually run into plumbing issues. Unless the issue is a clog that is simple enough to eliminate using a plunger, you must leave bathroom plumbing to trained professionals, or else you risk massive leaks, damage to construction material, and even flooding.
The common bathroom plumbing problems
Sink and shower drain clogs – The drains in bathrooms typically encounter two problems that will lead to clogs: hair and soap scum.
A toilet can start to leak water for a variety of reasons. The most frequent causes are loose gaskets between the tank and bowl, a decaying wax ring in the base where the toilet connects to the floor, and cracks along the bowl. It usually takes a plumber to detect what the exact reason for the leaking is. Whatever the cause, it must receive attention immediately. Not only can a leaking toilet lead to flooding into the bathroom and unsanitary conditions, but water damage to the floor material can weaken it.
It’s difficult to avoid hair going down into a sink basin, tub, or shower. When hair goes down into a drain, it will often get caught in the sludgy debris that lines the pipes. Hair will continue to accumulate until it forms a thick mass that will lead to a slow drain and then a full stoppage. To help prevent this, you can purchase drain covers that will help keep most hair out of the drain.
The residue of soap will build up in sinks, showers, and tubs, and it will also get down in the drains. This accumulation—especially when combined with hair—can eventually block off the drainpipe. This is more common in older plumbing systems with pipes that have less smooth interiors. Here is another situation where a good drain cover can help slow down the deposits.
Toys and other small objects:
Your bathroom contains an assortment of small objects that like to gather at the edges of sink and on the ledges of showers. It’s easy for one of these to tip over and fall down the drain, lodging in the pipes. Common nuisances include the caps of toothpaste tubes, children’s toys, and medicine bottles. Plungers usually can’t do anything about this type of problem, and you’ll need a plumber to help—especially if the item that went down the drain was valuable.