Common Pipe Issues & How to Resolve Them

Getting Pipe Repair When Necessary

It would be nice if your pipes worked perfectly all day, every day for the length of time that you are in your home. However, because pipes are used so frequently on a daily basis, they experience more wear and tear. Here are some of the most common pipe issues and what you can do to address the problem when it occurs.

1-Leaky Pipes

The biggest issue most homeowners will experience is a leaky pipe. That can happen because of a loose joint corrosion, or other issues. You might be able to tighten the joint near the pipe, but you also need to look at water supply lines to see if anything needs to be replaced. If tightening a joint doesn’t help, it’s best to call a plumber to get a diagnosis and pipe repair.

2-Clogged Pipes

Another thing almost every homeowner will have at some point is a clogged pipe. Slow drains are the biggest warning sign of clogged pipes, and you will need to remove the clog in order to get the drain going again. Some homeowners will try a sink plunger first, and then a drain snake that they can buy at the store themselves. It’s not a good idea to use a chemical drain cleaner, however. If the clog doesn’t easily dislodge, it’s best to get a plumber on the job.

3-Garbage Disposal Issues

The garbage disposal isn’t a trash can, but it is often treated as one. It can back up quite easily and cause a foul odor in the sink. There could be an issue with the disposal, like in the blades or motor, or there could be something deeper down in the pipes that needs repairs. Malfunctioning garbage disposals can be dangerous to homeowners, so it’s best to let professionals take care of it for you.

4-Frozen Pipes

When the pipes freeze, they can burst and cause all kinds of damage.
Pipes in attics, basements, and exterior walls are most susceptible to freezing and bursting. Common warning signs include foul odors, a reduced amount of water coming out of the faucet, frost on the pipes, and water coming out at the wrong temperature.  You can protect pipes with insulation sleeves outside and keep cabinet doors open in very cold weather to circulate warm air to the pipes.

5-Sewer Backup

Sewer backup is not something any homeowner wants to experience. If you have a septic tank, get it emptied regularly. If you don’t, you will want to keep an eye on the way your toilet operates and get help as soon as you notice any issues that might start an overflow.

Get Help With Pipe Repair Sooner Rather Than Later

Many homeowners are proactive about their plumbing issues and that’s great. IT’s definitely the better way to go. When you get pipe inspections, plumbers will notice small things that could become much larger issues later. If you don’t, well, you never know. IF you have any of the above problems, or you’re afraid something like that could happen to you, it’s best to contact Stephens Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning before your pipe repair needs become a true emergency.