As with everything else in your home, your plumbing can develop issues that require urgent attention at any time. Some of these plumbing problems will arise as a result of age and in some cases due to poor management practices. Either way, damages are inevitable which is why knowing what to do and who to call is of prime importance. While most common plumbing repairs in West Hollywood seem to be simple tasks, it is always important to consult a plumber before attempting work on your home.
There are a variety of issues that can arise with your plumbing and some of them are more common than others. With that said here are 5 of the most common plumbing repairs in West Hollywood.
- Clogged Drains and Toilets
Clogging is one of the most common plumbing repairs in West Hollywood. Most times it is caused by hair, and another item that is not dissolvable gets into the drain and blocks it either partially or completely thus stopping the water from flowing freely. This can occur in sinks, shower or even the toilet. And the solution here is to simply get rid of the blockage which of course is not as easy as it sounds in some cases.
While sometimes it is possible to get rid of a clogged drain all by yourself, it is best to call a plumber if you are having difficulty doing so or the problem becomes recurring and you experience repeated clogs whether in the same drain or somewhere else in your piping system. In these cases, the best thing to do is to call a plumber before further damage is done. Next on our list of most common plumbing repairs in West Hollywood is leaky pipes and faucets.
- Leaky Pipes and Faucets
While many people will not consider a leaky pipe an emergency when you consider how much water and consequently that is being wasted you might want to change your mind about that. Consider for example that a pipe that leaks water at the rate of one drip per second will add up to more than 3000 gallons annually which is equivalent to 10 showers. So, if you think about it, little drops can do their toll.
A leaking faucet is usually caused by damage to the washer which forms a seal on the tap, this is usually in the form of a tear, dislodging or stiffening of the washer. When the leak is in a pipe, it usually occurs at the joint and is usually caused by deterioration as the pipe ages or due to high water pressure
Leaking pipes can cause major damage if you don’t catch the problem immediately. You often spot leaking pipes after some time when you see a puddle below the pipes or hear dripping.
Unless you have basic plumbing experience, it is better to call a professional West Hollywood plumber to get the issue fixed especially when you are dealing with a leaky faucet. Usually, some simple DIY tricks can be used to temporarily fix leaking pipes, but be aware that they are nothing but temporary respite and your best bet will still be calling a plumber for a permanent fix.
- Issues with the Water Heater
You might experience the horror of turning your shower on for a nice warm bath, and suddenly you are hit with cold water. That is pretty much diagnostic of a broken water heater. While it is possible to spot what the issue is with your water heater quickly, most water heater issues are best solved by professionals. A water heater is something you don’t want to go about tinkering with as messing with it is not only dangerous, but you also run the risk of causing further damage to your unit.
Regular maintenance is your best bet for preventing water heater damage. Most times the problem is usually caused by leaks in the unit. Damage can also be as a result of sediments or mineral build up inside the unit. Whether you are using a gas unit or an electric water heating system, it is advisable that you turn off the unit completely whenever you notice an issue. You can shut off the breaker with gloved hands if you are using an electrical unit or make us of the shut-off valve in the case of a gas water heater. Wait for your plumber to arrive to access the full extent of the damage and get it fixed.
- Low Water Pressure
With time and use it one of the most common plumbing problems that arise is low water pressure. This can be a sudden occurrence, or you may notice that your water suddenly starts running slowly and continually gets worse over time. Losing pressure can be a bigger issue originating from damage in the water mains or something more localized usually as a result of a leak within your home piping.
To spot a leak in your home the surest way to check is to shut off all the taps within your home for a few hours and check if the water meter changes or not. Alternatively, a drop in pressure can be caused by a blockage in the piping as a result of sediment of mineral buildup which in turn slows down the water and causes pressure to drop. Again, this common plumbing repair in West Hollywood has a DIY trick, but a plumber will be needed to replace or repair broken sections in your home piping to restore pressure to normal.
- Running Toilet
This is the last of the most common plumbing repairs in West Hollywood. Asides the fact that a running toilet wastes water; it is one of the most annoying forms of plumbing issues to deal with. Having a running toilet simply means there is something wrong with the inner working structure of your toilet. The culprit is most likely a damaged flapper valve or an imbalanced float. You can check any of these components and see if they work properly. If for any reason any of them needs to be replaced then you almost certainly need to get a call in your plumber to do so. Although this is usually a simple process unless you are particularly dexterous or you have some level of experience, this is something you might want to leave to a professional to avoid causing more damage to the system.
These are few of the most common forms of plumbing problems that are residential and commercial building owners experience in West Hollywood. As mentioned a lot of these issues might not appear as major on a first look, but it is best to treat them as an emergency and have them fixed as soon as they appear to avoid wasting water and raking in additional cost in terms of the utility bill and prevent further damage to your plumbing system.
Also, while carrying out simple diagnostics of the problem can be done all by yourself you still need a professional plumber to check the problem and ascertain the full extent of it.
Usually, a good plumber will tell you what is wrong and suggest some possible solutions you can explore to have the issue checked before suggesting a recommended solution from the options available. Plumbing issues are dynamic and can be caused by different factors. Thus, a full evaluation of the situation is always a recommended approach before attempting to fix things. Of course, a good West Hollywood plumber like Mr. Speedy knows that and we always take that approach.
If your having any of these issues in this article or have any other plumbing needs, call or message us today!