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By Platinum Team December 30, 2013

Common Plumbing Problems and How to Avoid Them

If you have ever owned a home, you have probably, at one time or another, run into a plumbing problem.   Many plumbing problems can be easily avoided and, if you still run into a plumbing problem, there are many that you can probably fix yourself.  There is certainly a time and place to hire a professional plumber who’s expertise may be necessary for certain plumbing problems.  But, if you arm yourself with some knowledge and put some tips into practice, you can avoid many common plumbing problems or quickly remedy the ones that do arise. One of the most common plumbing problems  is clogs.  Whether it is one large item or a buildup of smaller items, clogs happen.  Sometimes clogs are completely out of your control but, more often than not, it is the direct result of someone putting something down your drain that should never have been there in the first place.  With toilets, it is important to avoid flushing anything down other than waste and toilet paper.  Make sure everyone in the house, including kids, know this rule.  When you flush anything else down a toilet, you are inviting clogs.   Bathroom drains, whether shower , tubs or sinks, are also prone to clogs.  Hair and soap residue builds up rather quickly so it is important to avoid hair going down the drain as much as possible with the use of strainers.  Additionally, if you see a buildup forming, remove it immediately and run hot water down the drains often to prevent major clogs. With your garbage disposal, avoid putting anything greasy, fibrous or non-biodegradable down the disposal.  Many of these items can cause major clogs for your disposal.  Also, it is always important to run the water for 15-20 seconds before and after running your garbage disposal.  Another common plumbing problem is leaking taps.  Leaking taps are not only a nuisance but they can actually be quite expensive.  Even a small leak can mean big expense for utility bills. discusses what is involved with a leaky faucet repair, “Leaky faucets or fixtures are yet another plumbing issue that occurs over time, due to wear and tear. Leaks most often develop from rubber or plastic seals (seals, washers, O-rings) wearing out. Even a slightly damaged or worn out seal can allow a drip of water to pass through every few seconds.  Regardless of which type of faucet, the process of repairing a dripping faucet is similar for all of them. ”  Also, plumbers will note that they are often called when the water heater has problems or stops working.  One way to extend the life of your water heater and keep it running efficiently is to drain the water heater and remove sediment and dirt build up.  With regular maintenance and proper cleaning, you can avoid many common plumbing issues and keep your home running efficiently.]]>