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Plumbing issues? When to seek residential plumbing services
October 29, 2020 at 4:00 AM
This is a picture of a faucet in need of residential plumbing services.

Plumbing plays a crucial role in ensuring you can live comfortably in your home. After all, without plumbing, you couldn’t have a hot shower, running water, or indoor toilets. Unfortunately, sometimes plumbing issues do arise, and it’s important to identify the issue and take care of it quickly when that happens. Here’s a look at some of the most common plumbing issues in homes.

Finicky water heater

Being doused in cold water when you were expecting a nice, hot shower is not a fun surprise. Faulty hot water heaters are a common plumbing issue and there are a variety of potential causes for the problem. For example, the minerals in hard water can settle in the tank and reduce the flow of water. It’s also possible that the wrong size water heater was installed, or the heater was installed incorrectly. If you can’t figure out the cause of the issue, be sure to contact a plumber.

Dripping faucets

Dripping faucets are another common plumbing problem found in homes. Not only is the dripping annoying, it also wastes water and can cause your water bill to rise. If your faucets are dripping, it may be due to a worn out washer or O-ring. Luckily, these are easy to replace. However, the dripping could also be due to corrosion or mineral deposits, in which case you may need a plumber’s help.

Clogged drains

Clogs drains - whether in the shower, sink or toilet - can be frustrating, but are oftentimes easy to fix. Toilet clogs can typically be resolved with a plunger, and sink and shower drains can be snaked to remove hair, soap scum buildup and more. However, if these methods don’t resolve the issue, there may be a larger object trapped deeper in the pipe. In this case, it’s important to contact a plumber for residential plumbing services.

Low water pressure

Low water pressure can make it difficult to hand wash dishes, take a shower, flush a toilet, and more. There are a variety of potential reasons for low water pressure, including leaks that you may not have noticed, corrosion in the pipes, clogs, and damaged or blocked sewer lines. If you’re noticing low water pressure throughout your home, be sure to contact a plumber before the problem becomes worse.

Leaky pipes

Leaky pipes are a common plumbing issue with a range of causes, including clogs, corrosion, cracks, and more. Copper pipes, which are often found in older homes, are especially susceptible to damage during extreme changes in temperature, which can cause the pipes to break. If you notice that your pipes are leaking, be sure to call a plumber before the issue worsens.

Sewer smell

If you have a sewer problem, there’s a good chance your nose will be able to detect it: issues with the sewer are often accompanied by a foul smell. A cracked sewer vent can cause sewer gas to enter your home through your sink drains. A clogged sewer line can cause your other drains to clog and make it difficult to flush the toilet or drain the sink. In either case, you’ll want to contact a plumbing professional to come take a look.

About Economy Plumbing Services

Economy Plumbing is an Austin, TX based plumbing company serving residents in Austin, Marble Falls, and the surrounding areas. We offer a variety of residential plumbing services, including leak location and repair, faucet and sink repair and replacement, backflow testing, and more. Each of our service professionals is a licensed Texas plumber dedicated to finding and fixing the root cause of your plumbing problem. To learn more, fill out our contact form or call us at (512) 649-2811.