It’s always the little things that annoy us about plumbing and that leave us wondering “How did that happen?”. Today, I am going to take a couple of these and hopefully explain what causes these “little problems” and what to do about them.
Let’s start with one of the most common ones that, although not major, can be exceptionally irritating.
Dripping faucets/taps – Why do they drip?
A dripping tap is simply the result of wear and tear on the washer and is a relatively easy to fix problem. The washer is a small piece of the tap whose sole purpose is to stop water getting through and when it wears there is no alternative to replacing it. Thankfully, it doesn’t happen often so when it does, just call your local plumber and ask them to replace it.
Leaking pipes – Why do pipes leak?
Another common problem that can plague households is the issue of leaking pipes. It may be noticeable by a brown patch on the ceiling or a small pool of water underneath a pipe. Firstly, it is very important to repair leaking pipes as soon as they are discovered as even a small leak can cause expensive damage to your home. A couple of common causes of leaks in pipes are: deterioration or movement in the pipes, bad workmanship originally, temperature changes and excess water pressure. There are other causes but these are the most common.
Pipes can deteriorate over time, and movement can happen when other work is going on, so it is worth having them checked every so often. Bad workmanship can cause a multitude of problems and if the person installing them originally cut corners to save time it can result in leaking pipes. Big temperature changes such as in winter and summer when extremes in temperature can occur. The expansion and contraction of water is a powerful force and pipework needs to be installed correctly to withstand these. Finally, excess water pressure where the required precautions have not been taken can cause pipes to leak. Get your local plumber to investigate as soon as you find a leak.
Water pressure issues – Too strong or Too Weak
Nobody likes when their water comes in drips from the taps or shower and for this reason, many people desire high pressure systems for their whole house. The problem with this is that the whole water system needs to be ready for it because, as mentioned above, too much pressure can cause leaks. Low water pressure or a sudden drop in water pressure can be the result of a fault in the water system. To check whether you can install a high pressure water system or equally, to check into issues of low water pressure, contact your local plumber and make sure that they are specialised plumbing contractors.