Top 5 plumbing problems and how to prevent them

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Plumbing problems can be frustrating because they interrupt day-to-day living....

Plumbing problems can be frustrating because they interrupt day-to-day living. Fortunately, a plumber can repair many types of common malfunctions in short order.

If you experience a leak or related plumbing issue, first cut the main water supply. Then contact a professional plumber. However, a little prevention can go a long way to helping you avoid problems. Here are some of the most common plumbing problems and how to prevent them in your Atlanta home.

Leaky faucets

Over time, faucets begin to leak as a result of typical wear and tear to washers, seals or O-rings. You can lengthen the useful lives of these plumbing parts by being gentle when you turn or apply pressure to your sink, bathtub and shower fixtures.

Clogged toilets and drains

Drain pipes are intended to transport certain types of waste into septic tanks and sewers. When people attempt to dispose of nonbiodegradable waste or whole-food waste, it often plugs drains. Avoid this problem by disposing of food waste only through the garbage disposal. If you don't have a garbage disposal, throw food waste in the composter or in the trash can with nonbiodegrable items.

Weak water pressure

Pipe corrosion and partially clogged drains are two major contributors to weak water pressure. Another cause of the problem can be worn out pressure regulators. Ask your plumber to install and set pressure regulators in your pipe system to prevent leaks and keep your water bill affordable.

Jammed garbage disposal

Garbage disposals are designed to chop up soft food waste, but many people attempt to run difficult-to-grind items, including bones, raw vegetables and egg shells, through them. Avoid breaking your garbage disposal by running only soft, cooked items through it. Begin running the device with hot water flushing through it before adding waste. Continue running the water and disposal after waste has been ground in order to thoroughly clean it after each use.

Broken water heater

Condensation is often the culprit in water heater malfunctions, which often include a broken thermostat or a completely failed heater. Keep your water heater's temperature at 115 degrees Fahrenheit or higher to avoid regular condensation.

If you follow these tips, you can avoid some of the most common plumbing problems. If a problem does occur, call a local Atlanta plumber to restore your home's system.

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