Most Calgary, AB homeowners eventually encounter a problem with their home’s plumbing over the years. While a handy homeowner can often tackle a plumbing problem, it’s important to know when to throw in the towel and call the plumbing pros at Ace Plumbing. We’ve collected some common plumbing “perils” with advice on when to handle the repair and when to call your plumber for an appointment.
Plumbing Problems Can Leak Money, Too!
Sometimes a seemingly small plumbing issue can cost you big in wasted water and higher water bills. There are times when what seems like a small issue is a warning sign of a more costly problem in your pipes that needs immediate professional attention. That’s why we compiled this list of recommendations:
Poor Shower Pressure
If your shower or faucet water pressure has lost its power, there are some easy homeowner fixes that can fix most problems. If an individual shower head or faucet has poor pressure, it may be caused by a buildup of calcium or other minerals present in your water. Whole house filtration systems can prevent mineral buildup. Most faucet aerators can be easily unscrewed and soaked overnight in white vinegar to remove deposits. If the shower head is too difficult to remove, tie a vinegar-filled plastic bag around the shower head to loosen build-up.
If these fixes don’t work, or you’ve experienced a dramatic overall reduction in pressure, there may be a larger problem that requires the attention of a plumbing pro. Some possible causes might include a blockage or leaks in your water connection, which could cause problems with your foundation. Don’t delay in calling your plumber!
Drip, Drip, Dripping Faucets
There’s nothing more annoying than a dripping faucet. Faucets employ silicone or rubber washers and other methods to stop the pressurized flow of water at the sink or shower. Replacing a simple washer is usually within the skills of a handy homeowner, but if the drip has continued for a while, the valve seat may have corroded and you’ll likely need to call your plumber to replace it.
If the drippy faucet is controlled by a lever or dial, a ceramic disc or canister is often used to seal the flow. These require much less maintenance than a rubber washer, but can be more complicated to replace. Your plumbing pro will have the right part and tools to get the job done!
Clogged Drains or Toilets
Minor clogs will come free with a little elbow grease and a plunger, but when they stay clogged, it’s time to call a plumbing pro. Grease, hair and debris can build up to create a clogged drain that needs professional attention. If your Calgary, AB home is on a private septic system, there may be other factors keeping your plumbing clogged: a failed septic pump, it could be time for a holding tank pump-out or other septic related problems.
A little leak can often develop into a bigger problem, so keeping on the alert for any water leaks can prevent costly damage. Water heater problems and frozen pipes can result in expensive water damage to your home if not spotted promptly! Most pipes will leak around joints, so it’s a great idea to periodically check visible water pipes for wetness, puddles, corrosion or other damage. Small leaks may be repairable by the homeowner, but be sure to turn off the main water switch before getting started! Other places to check for water leaks include:
Ceilings and floors near the bathrooms and kitchens
Areas under the hot water heater
Aprons around exterior water faucets that may become damaged from frost
These small leaks may indicate the start of bigger plumbing problems, so make sure to call the pros at Ace Plumbing to get your plumbing fixed properly and safely.