It’s always the little things that annoy us about plumbing and that leave us wondering “How did that happen?”. Today, I am going to take a couple of these and hopefully explain what causes these “little problems” and what to do about them.
Let’s start with one of the most common ones that, although not major, can be exceptionally irritating.
Dripping faucets/taps – Why do they drip?
A dripping tap is simply the result of wear and tear on the washer and is a relatively easy to fix problem. The washer is a small piece of the tap whose sole purpose is to stop water getting through and when it wears there is no alternative to replacing it. Thankfully, it doesn’t happen often so when it does, just call your local plumber and ask them to replace it.
Leaking pipes – Why do pipes leak?
Another common problem that can plague households is the issue of leaking pipes. It may be noticeable by a brown patch on the ceiling or a small pool of water underneath a pipe. Firstly, it is very important to repair leaking pipes as soon as they are discovered as even a small leak can cause expensive damage to your home, call a plumber! A couple of common causes of leaks in pipes are: deterioration or movement in the pipes, bad workmanship originally, temperature changes and excess water pressure. There are other causes but these are the most common.