How to Avoid These Common Plumbing Problems

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For many homeowners, plumbing problems can be a drain (pun intended). Clogged toilets, slow-draining sinks, constantly running toilets, and slow-heating water heaters are all common issues homeowners often experience. But why do these issues occur in the first place? What can be done to prevent them? In this blog, our plumbing experts at Aztec Plumbing & Drains discuss homeowners’ most common plumbing problems and how to avoid them in the future.

Common Household Plumbing Problems

Constantly Clogged Toilet

Clogged toilets are one of the most common plumbing problems homeowners face. Luckily, they can avoid these problems with proper maintenance.

Make sure you never flush items such as:

  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Cotton swabs
  • Paper towels
  • Diapers
  • “Flushable” wipes
  • Hair

Avoiding flushing, these items will help prevent clogs from forming in your toilet pipes or septic system. If you have a clog, use a plunger before attempting any chemical solutions. If the problem persists, enlist the help of a trained professional who can properly clean your pipes and prevent more severe problems from forming.

Slow Draining Sinks

Another common problem for homeowners is a slow-draining kitchen sink. Usually, this problem is due to food particles and grease buildup in the pipes over time.

To avoid this issue, not pouring grease or food particles down your sink drain is important. Also, consider purchasing a drain strainer for your sink. Be sure to empty the strainer regularly so debris doesn’t accumulate. Furthermore, it would be best to have a professional plumber come out every few years and inspect your drains for any buildup or blockage that could cause drainage issues in the future.

Constantly Running Toilet

A constantly running toilet is another issue that plagues many homeowners. This issue typically occurs when there is an issue with the flapper valve or obstruction blocking water from flowing away from the bowl properly.

To avoid this problem, inspect your flapper valve regularly for any wear or damage and clean out any debris that could block water flow away from the bowl.

Slow Heating Water Heater

Finally, if you have a water heater, chances are you’ve experienced an issue with it taking too long to heat water for showers or washing dishes. This problem is usually caused by mineral deposits building up on the heating element over time or a faulty thermostat not working correctly anymore.

Regular maintenance, such as changing the anode rod and inspections of your water heater, can help prevent this issue from occurring because they will catch any potential problems before they become serious ones!

Avoid Common Plumbing Issues

Plumbing issues don’t have to plague you. With a little bit of knowledge and effort, you can avoid many common problems such as these.

If your plumbing system is giving you problems, feel free to reach out to our professionals at Aztec Plumbing & Drains, who can get your home running smoothly again. Contact us online or give us a call! 239-212-0299

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