Avoiding the 6 Most Common Bathroom Plumbing Issues

Owning a home is an exciting opportunity and also a huge responsibility.

Gone are the days of phoning up the landlord for every drip or leak.  As a home-owner, all issues are in your hands.  Before buying a home it is a good idea to get familiar with all of the systems such as plumbing, heating, cooling and air conditioning.  A basic knowledge will allow you to assess whether an issue is a DIY opportunity, or if you need to be ringing the nearest professional for help.

Of all the systems in a home, the plumbing is one that often requires the help of a professional.  If you leave an issue for too long, or try to fix it yourself, you may end up causing more damage than good and needing an emergency plumber to come around after hours.  Below are 5 of the most common bathroom issues that require the assistance of a plumber:

1) Leaking Pipe

It is estimated that the average household wastes up to 38,000 litres of water per year.  This equates to the amount of water needed to do 270 loads of laundry.  The biggest culprit of water wastage are leaking pipes.  If you see or suspect you have a leaky pipe in your home, call a professional plumber as soon as possible.

2) Hot Water Heater Leak

If there is water pooling around your hot water heater, then chances are you have a leak.  Now is not the time to put on a head torch and venture into that dark hot water heater room looking for solutions.  Even a Google tutorial may lead you astray causing more harm than good.  If your hot water heater is leaking it usually signifies the bottom of the storage tank has started to rust and you will need to replace it.  Leave the diagnosis and solution to the pros, don’t try to clean it!

3) Frozen Pipes

If you live in a place with harsh winters, or you have a holiday home that you infrequently visit during the Winter, than your pipes are at risk of freezing.  If your pipes do freeze and burst, you need to call a professional plumber straight away.  There are, however, ways to avoid this.  Keeping your home temperature at 20C or above, disconnecting garden hoses and opening cabinet doors to allow your home’s heat in will all significantly reduce your risk.

4) Water Softener Issue

If your water softener is acting up, don’t delay, call a local plumber.  There are numerous reasons why a water softener system will act up, don’t try to figure it out yourself.  Call a plumber to avoid further issues.

5) Shutoff Valve Malfunction

The best way to replace a shutoff valve malfunction is to replace it with a quarter-turn ball valve.  These valves rarely leak, lock or wear out.  Or, if that last sentence made your head spin a bit (as it did mine), then call a plumber.

Your home is full of systems that work in unison ensuring you are sheltered, safe, warm and watered. Each system plays a specific role, and has a complex set of skills required to fix it.  The plumbing system in particular is vital to keep your home up and running comfortably.  It is responsible for bringing water to your kitchen, laundry and bathroom.   

A glitch in the system may result in complications such as loss of hot water, toilets unable to flush, laundry unable to be washed, lawn unable to be watered.    In addition, when there is a failure in the plumbing system that results in a water leak, the result can be very messy and expensive.

Knowing the difference between a minor faucet drip and a major pipe leak requiring immediate attention can be the difference of thousands of dollars.  When in doubt, call a professional, and get familiar with the issues above that always require professional assistance.

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