The plumbing fixtures in your household that interact with the plumbing system by the drainage or conveyance of fluid include the bathtubs, sinks (in the kitchen, bathroom, and utility), toilet, showers, faucets, spigots, and taps. All of which links to a particular conveyance medium–pipe.
A fault or damage to the pipe may cause damage to the structural integrity of a home by altering the primary functions of these plumbing fixtures, which comes with several plumbing issues such as massive loss of water, dripping faucets, and running toilets.
The eight common plumbing problems every homeowner is susceptible to are:
Dripping or faulty faucet: Dripping faucets is one of the common plumbing issues experienced by homeowners. The loss of water indicates a fault in the faucet, which may be caused by a worn-out or impaired internal washer. Furthermore, a faulty faucet can lead to the loss of hundreds of gallons of water, thereby increasing the costs of money spent on water bills.
Leaky pipes: Leaks to pipes occur mostly during winters when the freezing of fluid could lead to the rupture of pipes. You will be prone to floor and furniture damages, as well as the invasion of bugs, mold, and mildew due to moisture if Leaky pipes are present in your household.
Running toilet: Running toilet is primarily caused by the impairment of the flapper valve that harnesses the quality of water flows from the tank to the toilet bowl. A fault in the flapper valve allows the free flow of water from the tank to the toilet bowl, thereby leading to a massive water loss.
Sewer system backup: The occurrence of sewer system backup may be due to the blockage of the sewer due to the allowing of materials not apt for such systems going down the drain, such as diapers and napkins. Sewer system backup may also be cursed by a breakage in the deer lines; however, this plumbing issue comes with a lot of repugnant smells and might be expensive to fix.
Slow draining of sink: The slow draining of the sink is usually caused by the restriction of the free flow of water due to blockage that may be as a result of food remnants and knotted hair or soaps in the kitchen and bathroom sink, respectively.
Water heater problem: The fault in a water heater may be caused by the build-up of sediments or corrosion in the system, failure in the component of a heating, and Improper installation of the system. This causative forestalls the dispensation of enough hot waters, which will be a huge problem for homeowners during winter.
Low water pressure: The occurrence of low water pressure in your home would make it extremely difficult for homeowners to make use of plumbing systems without been frustrated. However, low water pressure is a sign that indicates the existence of corroded pipes, clogged sewer systems, or broken sewer lines.
Sump pump failure: Sump pumps are located at the exterior of the home, which exposes it to factors such as heavy rainfall and snow- that cause its inability to work perfectly. Sump pump failure may also be caused by aging and improper
The occurrence of these plumbing problems is inevitable with regard to aging or the improper maintenance of the various plumbing equipment. A few of these home plumbing issues may be amended or resolved by homeowners that possess plumbing tools and not bothered about getting themselves wet; however, it greatly depends on the type and difficulty that requires only the expertise of a professional plumber to forestall damaging the equipment you are supposed to repair.
Professional plumbers charge on an hourly basis or commission, depending on the type of plumbing system problems that require a diversity of sophisticated equipment due to the degree of difficulty they come with. However, the average cost of hiring a professional who is specialized in the repair and installation of plumbing fixtures is about $150. But these costs may be altered by two significant factors.
1. The difficulty of the plumbing problem
2. The type of plumbing problem
The difficulty of the plumbing problem: The difficulty of plumbing problems varies from the mundane fixing of faucets to sump pump failure, which influences the time required to accomplish the job, due to the fact that professional plumbers charge per hour, an increase in the difficulty of a task increase the time necessary to get it done with and simultaneously increases the labor cost.
The type of plumbing problem: The type of issues the plumbing system In your home is facing plays a significant role in the alteration of professional plumbers’ labor costs. The cost of plumbing services varies from fixing a leaky pipe to the replacement of a water heater.
The expenses per plumbing service go thus:
– The fixing of a slab leaky pipe costs about $1000 to $3000
– The fixing of drippy fixtures such as sinks and the repairing of running toilets costs about $100 to $200
– The removal of clogs that cause blockages to a plumbing system costs about $100 to $300
– The costs of replacing a water heater are the most expensive, ranging from $1,200 to $4,000.
If you notice the following highlighted factors that indicate a fault in the plumbing system, it would be best for you to contact a licensed plumber to forestall deterioration that may cause damages to other fixtures and thereby costing you more. However, it is always advisable to hire a professional licensed plumber on commission, whereby your expenses cover routine maintenance and the replacement of old fixtures.
This is more preferable to just hiring a plumber that focuses only on the repair of the plumbing problem you complained of without extra services. You should also consider a few factors such as – license and insurance, experience and reference – of at least three different plumbers with different quotes before hiring the one that fits your requirements.