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3 Potential Plumbing Problems First Time Homeonwers Shold Be Aware Of

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If you're someone who has always lived in an apartment, and you're about to buy your first house, then you are probably excited. However, there is a lot of stuff you need to become acquainted with in order to not get bogged down with unexpected problems. You will have enough to think about (taxes, mortgage, decorating, etc...) without having to become surprised by some unexpected repair issue. So, this list is going to go over some of the main plumbing issues that might arise. Pluming is a big area to be familiar with because it's something that can cause serious damage if it goes wrong, and you are best advised to deal with as soon as possible.

Low Water Pressure

Low water pressure is not just an inconvenience, it can cause major monetary damage. Often times it's a result of a small leak somewhere in your house. That leak, if left unabated, will cause water damage to your home. Often times the leak is behind a wall, hidden by insulation and drywall. That leak can fester for days, weeks, and months and cause substantial rot. So, if you notice low water pressure, don't just think it's something you should learn to live with. Bring in a plumber and have them determine the source of the low water pressure and fix it.

Constantly Flowing Toilets

This is a problem that many people might try to remedy themselves. However, before you start disassembling your toilet, think carefully. If you begin detaching the tank from the toilet, you are going to have to put it back and that means re-seating it perfectly on the gaskets. So, even if you are able to figure out the reason for the low water flow (which might not even be a faulty part inside the tank) you will have to expertly place the tank back on the toilet to prevent any leaks. So, it might be best to simply hire a plumber.

Leaking Water Heater

Your hot water heater is a prime spot for trouble. The pilot light might not stay lit, rendering the tank useless to create hot water. Or else the water won't get hot enough, even though it's lit (a common problem with bad thermostats). There also might be an issue with the pipes failing to transport water into or out of the tank. And then there is the potential for rust buildup at the bottom of the tank, which could eventually lead to a hole and necessitate a completely new tank if it's not caught in time. You need to be very careful touching anything on your hot water heater because the wrong move could result in a secondary problem that would later need to be fixed. It's simply better to just bring in a water heater services technician and have them do a complete maintenance check on the heater.