May 29, 2024
Home Improvement

Common Reasons for Calling a Plumber

We rely on plumbing for many day-to-day tasks. Equally, there are a variety of reasons why you might need to call a plumber to help you solve a problem in your house. Many people try to fix plumbing issues themselves, before giving in and calling an expert. You might need to call a plumber for any of the following problems.

Blocked drains.

Blocked drains can be particularly unpleasant. If the drain is outside the probable cause of blockage is dead leaves. Indoor blockages are usually caused by a build-up of grease in kitchen sinks, or non-biodegradable items flushed down the toilet if the bathroom drains are blocked. In many households, the drains are connected. You can probably deal with simple blockages yourself using a plunger, soda crystals or bleach. But if you see water rising rapidly somewhere, or the blockage is affecting all your drains then call a plumber. Blocked drains that are left untreated can lead to more serious problems. A plumber will be able to clear the blockage easily. If you are in Sydney, the St George area plumbing services can certainly help.

Burst water pipes.

A burst water pipe is a serious emergency. You can minimise any damage by turning off your water supply, heating systems and electrics. Then call a plumber to assess and repair the damage. The most common cause of burst pipes is a sudden drop in temperature. This can cause the water in the pipes to freeze and expand, which ruptures the pipes. This is more likely to happen in buildings with old pipes, but extreme temperatures can cause burst pipes even in new plumbing. An emergency plumber will quickly repair the damage. You can reduce the chance of burst pipes by lagging any pipes in unheated areas, especially outside the house.

Leaking taps.

If it isn’t dealt with, a leaking tap can lead to more serious water damage. Trying to dismantle a tap and fix it yourself can compound the problem. The most common causes of a leaking tap are a worn O-ring, a rusted valve seat or a worn washer. Washers need to be replaced every 8-10 years, so consider replacing them around this time to prevent leaks.

Central heating repairs.

Many people rely on central heating to warm their homes, take a hot shower, and cook. Perhaps at times, the boiler and hot water are working correctly but the central heating is not. This may mean that a component of the boiler is broken. For this, you need to call a plumber. It’s important to maintain the central heating in your home because a cold home can lead to more serious issues. 

Washing machine installation.

It’s best to hire a plumber to install a washing machine in a new property. The transit bolts which hold the washing machine in place during delivery need to be removed which is a tricky job. The base has to be fixed down and levelled. Then the hoses and drain pipe have to be installed. This is a job for a plumber.

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