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Over the years, the art and science of plumbing has changed drastically. From the first terra cotta pipes in about 1700 B.C to the most recent PEX pipe technology, no building is complete without proper plumbing. Nothing gives a Las Vegas, NV homeowner more joy than having clean water flowing through their pipes and having waste materials removed in the opposite direction.
However, like with anything good, there are also downsides. Plumbing issues come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. From something as basic as a dripping faucet to significant damages like sewer backups and major pipe leaks, you are likely to experience a plumbing issue once in your life. Plumbing problems can be an inevitable part of owning a home.
While some problems come with aging fixtures or regular wear and tear, others may be caused by your use and maintenance of specific systems. Luckily, at Craig’s plumbing, we have seen and fixed all sorts of plumbing problems around Las Vegas, NV. This article discusses the most common issues that warrant plumbing work. We believe you can minimize plumbing problems from happening if you know the things that are likely to go wrong.
The most common problems include:
This problem is so common that it is rare to find someone who has not experienced this issue. If you have ever tried sleeping next to a room with a dripping faucet or a kitchen sink that will not stop dripping, then you understand how annoying it can be. On top of this, a dripping faucet can lead to massive amounts of wasted water, resulting in higher water bills.
The primary cause of dripping faucets is an internal washer or O-ring that is worn out, stiff, torn, or dislodged over time. Although this might seem like a problem you can fix on your own, it is best if you contact a professional plumber to do it for you. Homeowners who go the DIY way may fix the problem temporarily but at a higher cost. Without professional training or the correct tools, you might fix one problem and cause another. Additionally, a professional plumber might be able to uncover other underlying issues with your plumbing, saving you in the future.
Slow Draining Sink
This problem experienced in many households is caused by a blockage that restricts water flow. Your sink is probably the most used appliance in your house. Having to deal with dirty dishes every day or in the case of bathroom sinks, food remnants, and knotted hair is likely to cause clogs at one time.
Many homeowners prefer using plungers or chemical clog removers to clear the clogged sinks. However, although these methods might offer temporary solutions, it is advisable to contact a plumber to identify the best way to solve the problem. Chemical clog removers can corrode your pipes, making them leak while plungers hardly work with stubborn clogs. A professional plumber knows the best and safest route to get your water flowing.
Clogged Bath or Shower Drain
Bath and shower drain generally are blocked up by hair follicles and soap just as their slow draining bathroom sinks. A chemical clog remover recommended by a certified plumber can fix the problem, but the easiest route is contacting a professional plumber to do the job instead.
Chemical clog removers are highly corrosive, and using them in the wrong amounts can result in damaged pipes or even worse when using them as a non-professional, you put your life at risk. At Craig’s plumbing, we are prepared to take that risk for you. It is what you pay us to do.
Running and Clogged Toilets
Sometimes when you flush the toilet and water continues to run, it might be a sign of an underlying problem. Did you know that a running toilet can waste up to 200 gallons per day? If you are tired of always jiggling the handle to make the toilet behave after a flush, then it might be time to replace the inner mechanisms.
Many things can cause the toilets to run but are easy to fix—for a plumber, of course. Once a plumber identifies the root cause of your problem, replacing and repairing your toilet will take no time.
On the other side of toilet problems, we have the clogged counterparts. When a toilet bowl fills up instead of draining away, you have a clog. In most cases, a mixture of paper and human waste usually causes this blockage. Fixing these clogs can get a bit messy, and if you are not up to it, please call a plumber.
Faulty Water Heater
Hot water has turned into a basic need for every home. Therefore, when water heaters develop problems and cannot provide hot water anymore, you are dealing with a plumbing crisis. Unfortunately, more often than not, this problem might lay hidden until it is time for your shower, and the water suddenly turns cold. Multiple issues can cause a water heater to fail, and they include:
- Residue accumulation in the system
- Loose or broken electrical connections
- Incorrect water heater installation
- Heating element failure
Water heaters can be dangerous and need to be serviced by a professional plumber. This is one problem that you should not even think about trying to fix on your own. It not only puts your property at risk but also puts your life and those of your loved ones at risk. A simple mistake during the installation or repair of a water heater can lead to boiling water in your showers or even worse fire in your home.
Craig’s Plumbing Has All of Your Plumbing Repair Needs Covered
Whether you think you are dealing with a common plumbing problem or not, Craig’s Plumbing can help. We have the experience and state of the art equipment to diagnose and repair any plumbing problem you might encounter in your Las Vegas, NV home. Our plumbing services cover your area for residential and commercial plumbing.
If you have questions, want to schedule a maintenance visit or have a repair emergency contact Craig’s Plumbing to get started.