When it comes to plumbing problems in Utah, human error is often the main culprit. Inexperience in plumbing work or repair jobs, or a lack of proper maintenance in older homes, can lead to major plumbing issues. Sadly, plumbing problems that are left unattended can lead to big messes and costly fixes.
Here are some common plumbing problems that homeowners in Utah should watch out for:
- Leaks —This is one of the most common issues in Utah homes. Not only can this be expensive to fix, but it can also cost you a lot on your utility bill. Leaks can be a result of incorrectly installing pipes and plumbing fixtures, or of cracks in the pipes that develop with age. If the problem is not addressed in the beginning, it could progress to a significant problem and even flood your house. While it’s easy to spot leaking sinks or toilets in your home, the most difficult leaks to detect are hidden leaks. You should watch for any signs of mold or mildew and keep an eye on your water bills to see if they are rising in price month-by-month. A rising utility bill could indicate that your pipes are leaking somewhere you can’t see.
- Blocked drains — Your pipes should allow water to flow in and out of the home easily. If this isn’t happening, there might be a blockage in your pipes. First, you should check to see if there is something in the pipes directly under the drain. In bathrooms, it’s not uncommon to find clumps of hair causing pipes to back up. However, if you clear out your drains but still feel like there is a blockage, then you may have a bigger problem. If your drainage pipes are oversized or undersized, this can cause clogging problems. Additionally, the angles of your pipes and their fittings can also be trapping water and other things, making it difficult for water to pass through the drain easily. Tree roots can even penetrate your pipes, causing blockages and leaks. If you find that your efforts to unclog your drain are unsuccessful, you should call a plumber to see if they can determine the cause of the blockage.
- Insufficient hot water supply — This can be the result of a plumbing problem or a hot water heater that is too small for your family’s needs. If you experience a lack of hot water in your home, your water heater may be leaking, the burner may be malfunctioning, or your dip tube, which brings water into the heater, may be broken. These issues may require a plumber’s attention to fix. If your water heater is old enough, it may need to be replaced. If you aren’t getting as much hot water as you would expect, it may be worth having a plumber come to make sure nothing is wrong with the water heater.
- Water pressure issues — Nothing’s more annoying than the water pressure in your shower being low. A few things can cause low water pressure. The municipal water supply could be the problem, but if that’s the case, there’s not much you can do about it. The most common cause tends to be excessive deposits of sediment on your faucet aerators. You can clean your faucet aerators and shower heads to relieve the problem. However, if that doesn’t relieve the issue, you may need to call your plumber to see if a different cause is at work.
If you keep an eye on your plumbing and take action before leaks and other issues become too big, you can save money and make sure that no further damage comes to your home.