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Plumbing FAQs

In this post we are exploring and answering commonly asked questions surrounding plumbing issues. We’ve selected some of the most frequently asked questions we get asked and hope you will find this helpful!

1. Why does my plumbing need to be vented?

Vent pipes supply fresh air to each plumbing fixture in your house which helps the system move water through the drainage pipes. Your plumbing vent also helps regulate air pressure within your system to allow the water to run smoothly. Air vents are also used to remove odours and allow gases to escape.

2. What will happen if I delay my plumbing repairs?

Leaving repairs that need doing will not only will it cost you more in the long run, but they can cause you some serious damage. Excess moisture, associated with plumbing faults, in your home can cause the growth of mould or mildew. This can be a serious health risk for yourself and anyone else living in the house. Serious plumbing issues such as sewage problems can cause even more serious problems. You may end up with sewage backing up into your home through your pipes, this can cause serious ill health due to the release of harmful bacteria. It’s extremely important to get essential repairs done as quickly as you can.

3. Why does my drain keep getting clogged?

Clogged drains are a very common problem and are often caused by improper use of sinks and drains. In the kitchen, drains can easily be clogged by food or grease, it’s therefore really important not to dispose of food waste down your sinks. The food will build up in the pipe and cause a blockage (and a nasty smell!). Hair is a common cause of drain blockages in showers or baths. You can reduce the impact of clogged drains by regularly cleaning them out and attempting to make sure you keep them clear. Once a week, you can carry out a hot water rinse, simply get a cup of boiling water and pour it slowly down the drain. If the problem persists or you are unsure of what to do, don’t hesitate to contact us.

4. Why does my toilet keep running?

A toilet that keeps running all day is not only a nuisance but can be also cause unnecessary costs! If your toilet continues to run after it has been flushed suggests that a part of the internal mechanism is broken and needs to be repaired or replaced. You should contact a plumber to examine the problem and organise repairs.

5. How can I keep my plumbing fixtures working for longer?

Performing regular maintenance and repairs can significantly prolong the life of your whole plumbing system. Hard water can cause problems for your plumbing fixtures so you may want to consider a water softener or descalers to help neutralise hard water in your home. Water conditioning systems also help prolong the life of your dishwasher, faucets, water heater and other fixtures by reducing scale build up. They also help to increase the efficiency of your appliances, so this might be worth considering. Excess water pressure can also affect your plumbing fixtures because they are not designed to handle very high levels of pressure. You can speak to us about installing a pressure reducing valve to keep your water pressure regulated. Finally, water heaters are often affected by mineral build up and corrosion, so should be flushed out annually.

6. How can I prevent leaking pipes?

One of the best prevention methods for leaking pipes is to make sure your water pressure is not too high. If you find that your water gauge is indicating a high pressure, you should contact us to lower the pressure by adjusting your water regulator or installing a pressure reducing valve.

Having a better understanding of how your plumbing system works is the first, and more important step towards maintaining functional pipes in your home! We hope you found these questions and answers helpful, but if you ever have any other questions or need the assistance of a plumber, don’t hesitate to contact us – we’ll be happy to help.

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