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3 Most Common Costly Plumbing Problems and How to Fix Them

Plumbing problems can strike at any time. If you’re lucky, the problem will be something quite minor that you might be able to fix on your own. However, there are a number of common plumbing problems that can suddenly become incredibly expensive if you’re not careful. With this in mind, we’ll now look at three common plumbing problems and what you should do if you experience them.

Clogs and Blockages

The majority of drain clogs and blockages aren’t that big of an issue. In most cases, the clog can be eliminated simply by using a plunger or pouring chemical drain cleaner into the affected pipe. Having your toilet back up is usually quite a simple fix, but there will also be times when it becomes necessary to hire a plumber to clean out the clog with a snake. Either way, it is not the clog itself that is a major expense. Instead, the expense comes from having to clean up sewage and potential water damage caused by a severe clog. In some cases, the clogs are caused by tree roots invading your sewage line, which could potentially lead to the sewer line breaking if you’re not careful. Therefore, it is recommended that you immediately seek help from a professional plumber if you can’t eliminate the blockage easily on your own.

Leaks

The constant sound of water dripping from a leaky faucet can be enough to drive anyone to madness. However, most people still wouldn’t consider this to be a major plumbing problem. Nonetheless, the fact of the matter is that having a leaky faucet, toilet that constantly runs or other leaky valves can have a huge impact on your water bill. The average home wastes nearly 10,000 gallons of water a year due to leaks, and the EPA estimates that simply fixing these leaks could lower your annual water bill by approximately 10%. In this sense, leaks are most definitely a major plumbing problem that could potentially be costing you hundreds of dollars a year. In most cases, all you’ll need to do is replace the faucet or a valve or gasket to eliminate the leak.

Broken Water or Sewer Line

As with clogs and blockages, the biggest expense associated with a broken sewer or water line is the clean-up. Generally speaking, it shouldn’t cost much more than $1,000 to $2,000 to fix a broken sewer line, but you could easily end up spending more than double this amount by the time you’re done cleaning up the mess in your yard. Unfortunately, homeowners are liable for the part of the sewer and water lines that run underneath their property and connect to the house.

Should either of these lines break or start leaking, you will be forced to excavate your yard in order to repair or replace the pipe, which could mean tearing out part of your driveway or ruining your landscaping. Once the line is finally repaired, you’ll then have to pay to repair the damage to your landscaping and lawn, which could potentially set you back some serious cash. A broken sewer or water line is one case where you’ll most definitely need the help of an experienced professional plumber like those at Moody Plumbing Inc. However, you can potentially avoid the huge expense associated with this issue simply by having your water and sewer line inspected once a year for leaks, cracks and other signs of damage.

Your home’s plumbing is obviously one of its most important components, and it is essential that you do whatever you can to keep your plumbing in good shape and potentially avoid any major issues. That being said, if you do notice any plumbing problems, you shouldn’t hesitate to immediately call a plumber if the problem seems to be beyond your ability to repair. By being diligent and taking immediate action when you notice a potential problem, you might be able to avoid a minor plumbing issue turning into a major expense.

Tim Esterdahl

Tim Esterdahl is the editor of IFCS blog. He is a married father of three and enjoys golf in his spare time.

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