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Common Plumbing Problems and How to Deal with Them

There are few things that irk a homeowner more than a plumbing problem. There’s no getting around them, either. Unless you have an extraordinarily accommodating next-door neighbor who doesn’t mind you coming over to use their bathroom, or you have figured out a way to only use the facilities at your gym or at work, bathroom problems have to be taken care of as soon as possible. In Winston-Salem, the professionals at Gwyn Services are there to help and make the repair as quickly as possible.

Here are the six most common plumbing problems faced by homeowners:

Dripping Faucets

In addition to being extremely annoying to have to listen to, a dripping faucet creates a lot of wasted water, which in turn raises your water bill. Just one faucet can drip hundreds of gallons of water per year.

What causes a dripping faucet?

Pressure brings water into your home as it moves through your pipes. A rubber or silicone washer forms a watertight seal that stops more water from pushing through the pipes and coming out of the faucet when you turn the tap off. However, washers can become stiff, ripped, or dislodged over time. If this happens, a little trickle of water is allowed through, creating the drip.

You can replace washers yourself, however without special tools, the job might end up being more than you can handle on your own. If you’ve had a drip for an extended period, the valve seat may have become corroded, which requires a repair by a plumber.

Low Water Pressure

If your water is only trickling out of your faucet or showerhead, your water pressure is low. This is most likely due to a build-up of sediment. Water that goes through your pipes carries dissolved minerals that over time get deposited on metal surfaces. They collect on inner surfaces of aerators and showerheads, slowing the flow of water. If you clean your aerators and showerheads and still have low water pressure, there might be a bigger problem. A professional needs to determine the source of the problem before it becomes a larger, more expensive project to repair. Gwyn Services is available in Winston Salem and the entire Piedmont Triad to handle any plumbing issue, no matter how large or small.

Running Toilet

Generally, toilets run for one of three reasons: when the flapper valve that allows water to pass from the tank to the bowl doesn’t fit properly anymore, the float is off balance, or the fill tube has come loose. However, there could also be sediment accumulating, which is affecting proper flushing and filling of the tank.

Leaky Pipes

Leaks are a nuisance, but, if ignored, could end up leading to a very costly repair. Leaks usually occur at joints, and you can replace a joint without too much trouble, but usually it’s just a stopgap solution. Often an entire length of pipe needs to be replaced. Only a professional plumber will be able to tell you how serious your leak is.

Slow or Clogged Drains

It’s incredibly frustrating when the water won’t drain. If your tried and true plunger or drain cleaner doesn’t do the trick or the clogs keep coming back, you have to call in a pro.

Water Heater Issues

There’s nothing better than taking a long, relaxing, and hot shower. However, if your hot water isn’t working, none of those three adjectives will apply. The lack of hot water is probably due to a faulty water heater. There are a lot of reasons why a water heater might stop working, including a loose connection or a broken part. Again, only a plumbing professional can evaluate the situation and address the issues.

If you are experiencing any plumbing issues, don’t just get annoyed, take action. When you need the best plumbers in Winston-Salem, get in touch with the pros at Gwyn Services. We will come out to your home and do everything we can to get your pipes working again.