A properly working plumbing system can seem like a normal convenience that everyone with their own home has in place. If something goes awry, most homeowners who keep their homes well-maintained may be alarmed. Many plumbing disasters can be avoided when homeowners get routine plumbing maintenance services performed. These services include inspecting plumbing systems for failing components that need to be replaced, cleaning drain lines, and observing properties to determine if any potential threats such as nearby trees are present.
Clogs may show subtle signs that they are present, and some homeowners attempt to mitigate the problem by using their own methods to dislodge clogs. Efforts that include chemical solutions could cause more damage and should be avoided or only used if advised by a professional with knowledge about these substances and their ingredients.
Some methods such as snaking with augers or using plungers are effective for simple clogs. However, many clogs are located deep in drain lines and require professional intervention to reduce the chances of plumbing emergencies occurring. The following points will serve as a basic foundation for understanding leaks and clogs.
These usually occur when homeowners or their guests allow things to get flushed down toilets or put into drains. These substances may initially appear to go away, but they can get trapped in drain lines and form clogs.
Key rules to have for your home include never flushing anything down the toilet except toilet paper and human waste. Do not mistake the fact that toilet paper and paper towels resemble each other as meaning that it is not a threat to your plumbing system to flush paper towels. Another rule is being cautious about allowing organic matter such as food scraps, stray hairs, or grease to enter drains.
Clogs are dangerous because they can cause backflow to occur. This can put your home at risk of water damage and expose your family to hazardous waste.
You may have leaks in your home for a while before you are aware of them. Minor leaks in plumbing systems may go undetected if they are located behind walls. One key clue is inexplicable brown spots on the surfaces of walls. Another observance would be hearing the sound of running water or water drops hitting a surface and not being able to determine where the sound is coming from. You might narrow the sound down to coming from behind your walls, which could be a leak.
Pay attention to subtle signs of leaks. This includes puddles around your toilet base. You might also observe leaks around fixtures such as shower heads that need replacement parts. If none of these is evident, consider comparing your water bills for the past few months. If you notice spikes in usage, you may have a silent leak. A plumber is the best resource to use to locate clogs and leaks.