Got a piping problem? Don’t panic. Knowledge is power, so we’ve rounded up the top 7 most common plumbing problems in Canberra, plus handy tips and tricks to get your home back in full working order.
It’s easy to forget how important your piping is…until it breaks down.
Unfortunately, everyday wear and tear mean your Canberra home’s piping system will break down eventually. Whether it’s a leaking tap that’s keeping you up all night or a faulty hot water system that’s turning you into a human snowman in the shower, it helps to know what common plumbing problems to watch out for.
We’ve seen every possible plumbing problem (and then some). So we’ve rounded up the 7 most common challenges for you to watch for.
Read on to discover how to spot the warning signs of trouble, and read to the end for a special gift…
#1 – Dripping faucets
A dripping tap is one of the most common plumbing problems, but also one that’s easy to overlook. When water ends up in your sink basin, it can be tough to rationalise calling a professional plumber or heading to Bunnings for a DIY fix.
But, did you know a leaking tap can waste up to 9,000 litres of water each year? This can quickly push up your water bill and cost you serious money.
When diagnosing the problem, leaking faucets are typically the result of an internal part that’s worn down or damaged. This could be a busted o-ring, damaged cartridge, or broken washer. These important parts inside your tap need to be in full working order to create a proper seal and prevent water from dripping out, so small malfunctions can let water through As a common plumbing problem, this can be a DIY fix by disassembling your faucet and replacing faulty parts.
If you’d rather have a professional take care of the problem and save you time, call 0411 169 327 to speak with our expert.
#2 – Clogged bath or shower drain
Dealing with a slow draining bath or shower? The culprit may be a build-up of hair and soap scum that makes it tough for water to get through.
Unfortunately, this problem will only get worse with time, so you can’t wait and expect things to improve. Clearing a drain blockage in the bathroom may be possible with a plunger, but you should always beware of heading to your local supermarket for a chemical cleaner.
The chemicals designed to cut through trapped hair and grime can also damage your piping. Strong chemicals may have corrosive properties on your drain over time, so if you’re standing in a pool of water every time you shower, pick up the phone and call us instead (when you get out of the shower of course).
#3 – Blocked toilet
Ah, the blocked toilet. No one’s idea of a good time.
Unfortunately, toilets can easily become clogged or blocked when dealing with items that shouldn’t be flushed. For example, even store-bought flushable wipes may not actually break down sufficiently to pass through your pipes.
If you’ve got a busy household, remind kids not to flush toys or other items down the toilet (it does happen!) and try to use flushable products only. Baby wipes and many flushable wipes can cause havoc out of sight, so try to use toilet paper only.
If you do find yourself facing a blockage, try using a plunger. However, for deeper blockages, a professional plumber can use a drain snake or drain clearing tool to get your loo back in working order.
#4 – Running toilet
Is your toilet running? You’d better go catch it!
Sorry, that joke was terrible. But running toilets are no laughing matter. It’s tough to spot toilet leaks as the water typically ends up in the bowl, so you won’t find water pooling around the toilet or obvious signs of the damage.
However, a slowly leaking/running toilet will spike your water bill and is worth fixing ASAP. The most common cause of a running toilet is a faulty flapper valve which allows water to pass from the tank to the bowl.
Expert Tip: Worried you may have a running toilet? Add a few drops of food colouring to the water in the tank and wait 20 minutes. If the water in your bowl becomes coloured, you’ve got a leak.
#5 – Faulty hot water system
There’s nothing like an icy blast of water to the face to wake you up on a crisp ACT morning. If your shower or bath is nothing but cold water, you may have a hot water system problem that needs addressing.
It’s not easy to diagnose a hot water problem, as some of the culprits may be:
- Faulty pilot light
- Sediment build-up in the tank
- Blocked filters and strainers
- Damaged thermostat
- Leaking piping connections
If you notice water taking longer to heat up, a metallic smell or appearance to your water, or poor water pressure that never seems to correct itself, call 0411 169 327 and we’ll find and fix your hot water problem fast.
#6 – Leaking pipes
A homeowner’s (or renter’s) worst nightmare, leaking pipes can cause serious damage to your property. Worst of all, this can happen out of sight and only become obvious when the damage is done.
Be on the lookout for obvious leaks in your kitchen, bathroom, and laundry. These typically occur at pipe joints (and no, gaffer tape isn’t a long-term solution). If you find water pooling under your sink or warped timber in the cabinets under your sinks, you may be dealing with a leaking pipe.
Keep in mind, it’s the leaks you *can’t* easily spot that pose the real threat. While a professional Canberra plumber can provide the tools needed to diagnose leaks, stay alert for warning signs like:
- Cracked or peeling paint
- Higher than the average water bill
- Creaking or gurgling noises in the wall
- Dripping sounds with no obvious source
- Musty odours coming from the walls
Expert Tip: Concerned you’ve got a leaking pipe? Try this simple method for leak detection. Turn off your water at the main and write down the number on your meter. Come back in 60 minutes and write down the number again. If your water meter has changed, you may well have a leak that needs fixing ASAP.
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#7 – Gas leaks
Gas leaks may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of ‘plumbing problems’, but your gas piping can pose serious threats to your health and safety if not properly taken care of.
For Canberra homes with gas power, you already know the convenience on offer (not to mention the savings on your power bill). However, even a small leak can prove disastrous.
The most common causes of gas leaks come down to old, damaged gas appliances or damage to your gas pipeline. It can be tough to spot this common plumbing problem, so be on the lookout for the following warning signs:
✘ Feeling sick, run-down, or fatigued
✘ Houseplants dying for no obvious reason
✘ Smell of rotten eggs (or sulfur)
✘ Hissing sounds from your gas line or appliances
If you notice any of these warning signs, it’s crucial you turn off your main gas supply and contact your local gas plumber ASAP.
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