Residential Plumbing Problems

Residential Plumbing Problems

Have you ever sat down in your living room recliner, leaned back, closed your eyes, and meditated on all the numerous plumbing devices installed in your home? You have plenty of pipes running into and out of your house. You cannot see those pipes because they are hidden under your floor, inside your walls, and deep in your yard outside. However, even though you cannot see them, you know that they are there because when you turn on the faucet, water comes gushing out, and when the water disappears down the drain, you won’t ever see it again. It is like magic!

You also have numerous appliances plumbed into your home that make your life so much easier and efficient. Thankfully, because of your plumbing, you do not have to carry water in buckets from the creek located a mile away. You also do not have to go to an outhouse located behind your house. Modern advances in plumbing make your life and the lives of your family members more pleasant.

However, as you meditate and ponder, you may come to the realization that if any one of those plumbing fixtures or appliances breaks or wears-out, your life will not be so happy. In fact, such a failure in your house could cause you to panic as you imagine a flood of water sloshing around in your basement. If that thought makes you sick to your stomach, you should know there are some preventive measures you can take to prevent major crises from disrupting your happiness.

  1. Check your sump pump every year. You can do this by pouring a bucket of water into the sump pit. If the water disappears within a few seconds, you will know that the pump works. Remove any hard water build-up from the moveable components on the pump, which would prevent the pump from working normally.
  2. Do not put anything down your food disposer that should go into the garbage can. Things like vegetable and fruit peelings will not grind well and may cause a serious clog in the trap under your sink.
  3. If you notice water leaking from your faucet and the leak will not stop when the faucet is turned off, replace the seals located in the valve stems.

Remember that plumbing problems can be avoided. If you encounter a complicated problem, or one that you are not familiar with, contact Roto-Rooter. We will have a technician at your home in a jiffy.

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