We often wholly ignore our plumbing systems until something goes awry. We expect all our pipes and each faucet in the house to work as promised. When something does go wrong, though, many homeowners are unclear on how to act or who to call. They often tell themselves they’ll fix the issue this coming weekend. But the weekend passes by. There are plumbing repairs that should never be postponed, though. Here are five of them.
Something so simple as a clogged toilet should be handled sooner rather than later. If the toilet backs up too much, it will deposit dirty water and waste in your home. This water will cause severe damage to flooring, walls, and even pose a health hazard.
Often, a toilet plunger or drain snake is enough to resolve the issue. However, it may be necessary to call a professional plumber if nothing works.
There are several reasons why a burst pipe may occur, including:
- Corrosive chemicals in the drain eating away at the joint
- The roots of a tree growing into the sewer
- A cold snap, causing pressure to build up
- The pipe is old and brittle
If you forget to drain your pipes before freezing temperatures arrive, your pipes are likely to freeze. Freezing and thawing can weaken and occasionally burst pipes.
Broken Shut Off Valve
You are unlikely to discover a broken shut off valve until you must shut off the water to your home for whatever reason. A fractured shutoff valve is known to leak tons of water from month to month.
Water Heater Replacement
Every home requires some form of a water heater, and on occasion, due to age or other issues, water heaters can break down. A replacement is not a do-it-yourself job, though. Trust in a professional for water heater installation.