Nobody enjoys dealing with plumbing pipe problems, but they’re an inevitable part of homeownership. Pipe issues can disrupt water supply, cause water damage, and significantly increase water bills. Here at Mr. Rooter Plumbing, we pride ourselves on offering professional plumbing services to homeowners and businesses. Whether you’re in need of pipe repair or pipe replacement, our plumbers have what it takes to do a great job. Here’s a guide to some common pipe issues and how to tackle them:
Burst pipes usually result from freezing temperatures, age-related wear, or high water pressure. A burst pipe is a plumbing emergency that should be addressed quickly to prevent further damage.
If you have a burst pipe, shut off the main water valve. Call a plumber for quick repair, as delay can cause extensive water damage.
Leaking pipes might not be as dramatic as a burst one, but they can silently wreak havoc on your wallet. Loose connections, faulty seals, or corrosion can lead to pipe leaks.
Minor leaks around connections can sometimes be tightened or repaired with leak tape. For larger leaks or leaks within the pipe, call a plumbing service.
Trees and shrubs seeking water can wreak havoc on underground pipes. You’ll know tree roots have found their way into your pipes if you notice slow drains, unusual gurgling sounds from drains, and visible pipe damage.
Utilize root-killing chemicals, mechanical augers, or hydro-jetting to remove roots from the pipes. After clearing, consider installing root barriers or scheduling regular maintenance to prevent future intrusions.
Over time, metal pipes can rust and deteriorate, leading to leaks and blockages. Some of the signs of pipe corrosion include discolored water, low water pressure, and rusty pipes.
Clogged pipes are a common nuisance, often caused by flushing non-flushables like hair, food scraps, or grease; soap scum buildup; mineral deposits in hard water; and root intrusion.
For minor clogs, use a plunger or plumbing snake to clear them. Persistent or severe clogs may require professional plumbing services, such as hydro-jetting or pipe replacement.
Winter weather can freeze exposed pipes, leading to cracks and bursts when they thaw.
If you suspect frozen pipes, turn off the water supply and call a plumber. Thawing frozen pipes requires professional expertise and specialized tools. Attempting to thaw them yourself can cause further damage.
Weak water flow can be frustrating and inconvenient. It can make even the simplest tasks, like showering, a frustrating ordeal. Clogged pipes, faulty valves, leaks, or high water demand can all contribute to low water pressure.
Check for clogged aerators in faucets or showerheads. If that doesn’t work, it could be a larger issue with the main water line. Call a plumbing service for diagnosis and repair.
When it comes to pipe issues, early detection and quick action are key to minimizing damage and repair costs. If you’re experiencing any pipe issues, don’t hesitate to call Mr. Rooter Plumbing for assistance.