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The Most Common Causes of Plumbing Problems in Your Home

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For any homeowner, problems with your plumbing are a part of life. It can become a real pain to deal with plumbing issues that interrupt the daily routine of you and your family. Understanding the most common causes of plumbing problems can help you prevent and address them quickly to get your life back on track.

Here are some of the most common causes of plumbing problems in your home.

Food Waste Down the Drain

Even with a garbage disposal, food waste down the drain can damage or clog your pipes and create an issue for your whole system. Make sure to throw food waste in the trash before rinsing to avoid damaged kitchen pipes.

Too Much Hair Down the Bathroom Drains

Hair down the shower drain or the stubble you shave off over the sink can cause problems for your bathroom drains. Over time, too much hair clinging to the pipes can create a build-up that causes significant blockage and ruin your drains. Use a guard to prevent too much hair from going down the drain.

Blockage in Toilet from Objects

Many homeowners are inclined to wash paper towels, tissues, cotton swabs, or hygiene products down the toilet instead of throwing them in the trash. However, these things can cause issues for your toilet that are hard to fix with just a plunger and may create leaks. Don’t throw any object in the toilet that doesn’t belong.

Defective Parts

Leaky faucets are a very common problem experienced by many homeowners. When it comes to leaky faucets, the problem is often a defective gasket, o-ring, or washer. With the right tools, you can fix this on your own to ensure you save water. If the leak is a product of corrosion or mineral build-up, you may have to call an expert to fix it.

Build Up in the Shower

The shower is the best place to get clean, but it can sometimes be too much of a good thing. Excessive dirt or fatty soap can leave build-up in your drains and damage your pipes. Rinse off excessive dirt before jumping in the shower or bath, and use soap that rinses off easily.

Water Heater Malfunctioning

Water heaters can work less efficiently over time because of corrosion, rust, minerals, or malfunctioning parts that can create plumbing problems throughout your home. Sometimes the fix lies in cleaning the tank, replacing a part, or upgrading your water heater.

Overflowing Gutters

Historically not a homeowner’s favorite job, cleaning your gutter can prevent overflowing debris from ruining not only your plumbing but also the exterior of your home. Regularly clean your gutters or install mesh over them to catch debris.

Contact a Professional Plumber

To keep your home in the best shape, you need to be prepared for any emergency. At ClearWater Plumbers, we have helped homeowners throughout the Fort Worth area deal with plumbing issues in their homes and update their systems to ensure their water is running well.

Do what you otter, call ClearWater! Contact us at (817) 587-0080 to learn more.

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