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Common Home Plumbing Problems

You rely on your plumbing every day for comfort and convenience. When plumbing problems occur, it can be easy to feel blindsided and confused. Knowing the most common plumbing problems likely to affect your home is the best way to arm yourself against them—by recognizing the earliest signs of trouble, you can call your Myrtle Beach plumber promptly for service to prevent plumbing emergencies from catching you unawares.

Slow Drains

Drains become slow when clogs form in the plumbing pipes that run from the individual drain to your home’s main sewer line. Clogs may form from a variety of materials, including soap scum, hair, food debris, and manmade items that have been flushed down the drain, either intentionally or unintentionally. While small or loose clogs may respond to plunging, if this solution doesn’t work, it’s time to call in a professional plumber for help identifying the cause of the clog and eliminating it in a way that won’t damage your plumbing.

Garbage Disposal Problems

Your garbage disposal can handle many types of food scraps, but some foods can clog or damage the drain or the blades of this appliance. The most common culprits are animal bones, fruit rinds, rice, pasta, and cooking grease or fat. If your garbage disposal jams, never try to solve the problem with drain cleaning chemicals, as these can cause further damage to the blades or splash up and injure your skin or face. In some cases, plunging the drain may solve the problem; however, you should never try to solve any mechanical garbage disposal issues on your own. Instead, call your plumber for professional service to ensure the issue is handled properly and safely.

Low Water Pressure

A sudden drop in water pressure could indicate one of several plumbing problems. If the pressure of both your hot and cold water is affected, the issue is likely in your home’s plumbing pipes. Mineral buildup can restrict the amount of volume available for water to flow through, thus affecting your water pressure. Professional cleaning, typically via hydro jetting, is the best solution to remove this buildup. Alternatively, a drop in water pressure could signal one or more leaks in your plumbing, which should also be addressed by a professional plumber to prevent wasted water and water damage. If only your hot water is affected, the issue is likely inside your water heater. Mineral buildup inside the tank could be causing your hot water pressure to drop; in this case, you’ll also need to call in your professional plumber to assess and repair the appliance.

Dripping Faucets

A dripping faucet may seem like a small annoyance, but even this minor problem should never be ignored. Dripping faucets can waste gallons of water each day, and are a sign of deterioration inside the faucet that requires plumbing repairs. The longer you let a dripping faucet persist, the more damage could be occurring inside the fixture, setting you up for a larger repair when you do finally bring in your plumber. The best solution is to contact your professional plumber promptly for an easy, quick repair to eliminate annoying drips, help you conserve water, and prevent a larger disaster from occurring in the future.

Caring for your plumbing in Myrtle Beach is easy and convenient with the help of an experienced professional. We invite you to read through our website for more information on our comprehensive plumbing services, or take a look at our online blog to stay up to date on the latest home plumbing information and news.

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