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The Most Common Plumbing Repairs & How To Avoid Them

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There are many common plumbing repairs that plumbers perform but there are easy ways to prevent these issues. Ranging from clogged toilets to water pressure issues, these common problems are avoidable. Ensuring proper actions are taken to prevent these issues means that repairs and problems do not need to occur. Here at The Local Plumber, our Emergency Plumber team is here to perform common plumbing repairs on common plumbing issues in Melbourne. 

The most common plumbing repairs that occur are:

  • Blocked drains
  • Leaking taps and faucets
  • Hot water system issues
  • Low water pressure
  • Running toilet

What are the Most Common Plumbing Repairs?

Below is a guide on the most common plumbing repairs plumbers perform and how to avoid the issue:

What Causes the Issue

A Blocked Drain is most times caused by items being incorrectly disposed of down the drain. This can include food scraps, oil and grease, hair and wipes that have been flushed or poured down the kitchen sink, shower drain or toilet. These can become stuck and accumulate in the drain and cause a blockage to develop. 

How to Fix the Problem

A plunger can be used or natural methods, such as mixing baking soda and vinegar, to deal with a blocked drain. Chemical drain cleaners can be purchased to clear the drain but they can be harmful to the pipes and environment. A plumber can use these techniques or other methods to clear the clog, such as augers, hydro jetting techniques and more. 

How to Avoid the Issue

It is important that cooking oil, grease, fat, and food scraps are properly disposed of and not enter the sink. The laundry sink should not have too much laundry powder and detergent poured down the sink. Also, the toilet should only have toilet paper flushed down it and be careful of solid soap and hair entering the bathroom and shower drains. 

What Causes the Issue

Leaking taps can be caused by numerous different factors, such as the washer or valve seal. The tap washer may be damaged leading to it not being sealed tight and water drips. The valve seal might be corroded and water leaks from this point. 

How to Fix the Problem

Leaking taps are often repaired by a specific part being replaced or numerous parts being fixed. The process of repairing a leaking faucet can be simple or it can become a large project if there are many issues involved. 

How to Avoid the Issue

The best way to avoid leaky taps is to have a plumber regularly inspect the home’s plumbing systems and appliances. This means that if there are issues found with the tap early then the leak can be avoided. 

What Causes the Issue

There are many issues the hot water system can face, including leaks from broken joints and parts or mineral deposits causing blockages to form. The main reason why the hot water heater experiences issues is from poor maintenance and the system wearing away. 

How to Fix the Problem

A plumber should be contacted to inspect the hot water system and find out what the problem is. Look at if the temperature is at the correct setting, see if the pilot light needs to be relit and look for any leaks or mineral deposits or sediment and report to a plumber. 

How to Avoid the Issue

Proper and regular maintenance is the best way to prevent hot water system issues. Adjusting the thermostat and ensuring the pilot light is on are other ways to avoid hot water system problems.

What Causes the Issue

Low water pressure can occur if there is water main damage on the street that can affect numerous homes. Pipe leaks, blockages and build up of sediment and minerals are other ways that the water pressure is low. 

How to Fix the Problem

If the shower is low pressure, cleaning the showerhead is a good start, same as if any taps have low pressure, clean the tap opening. Most times though a plumber will need to be contacted to find what is causing the low water pressure and then fix it. 

How to Avoid the Issue

Filtration systems can help clear our minerals in the pipes and checking regularly for leaks and blockages will mean that they can be repaired before the water pressure is impacted.

What Causes the Issue

A running toilet will most times occur from a part in the toilet that is broken or not working correctly. The flapper valve might not be fitted properly, the float ball is unbalanced, the fill tube is loose or there is a leak in the toilet is often why the toilet is running.  

How to Fix the Problem

Inspecting each part of the toilet to see if they are not working correctly and then repairing it will help. If not trained or confident then a plumber is always recommended as they will complete the toilet repair fast and effectively. 

How to Avoid the Issue

A plumbing inspection regularly will be helpful in identifying toilet problems early and then repairing them before major issues develop.

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