Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Taking Care of Your Home's Waterworks

Water is a basic essential that we need to function in our day to day lives. Not only do we need it for hydration, but we use it to wash our bodies, cook a whole host of foods, clean our dishes, water our plants, and clean our clothes. Most of the time, we take our access to this water for granted and it’s not until we experience problems with our plumbing that we realise how essential the proper functioning of water-based facilities in our home is. If you do find that you’re having problems, it’s generally best to tackle the issues head on. The longer you leave water-based problems, the worse they will become. Nine times out of ten, the issues won’t rectify themselves, so it’s solely up to you to carry out the necessary work or contact the relevant professionals who will be able to ensure that everything is put back on track. Here are a few potential problems to look out for and how to tackle them!

Water Hammer

Water hammer is a hydraulic shock that occurs when valves are suddenly shut off. Generally speaking, it’s more common in older pipes. The hydraulic shocks causes a series of bangs due to the increase in pressure in the water pipes in your home. The good news is that you can indeed stop water hammer in noisy pipes. It’s not something you simply have to put up with and deal with! Techniques include checking for loose mounting straps in your pipes, draining your water system to replenish air chambers, and reducing water pressure throughout your property. However, if you’re feeling unsure, it’s generally best to call in a professional for help.

Dripping Faucets

Almost everyone has experienced a leaky or dripping faucet in their time as a homeowner. While the sound may go unnoticed by day, it will quickly become extremely irritating while you are trying to concentrate or sleep. What’s more? A slow, steady drip sees more water go down the drain than you’d imagine. This is wasteful and is not only detrimental to your wallet, but to the environment too. Many people attempt to tackle a dripping faucet themselves with nothing but a few basic tools and youtube tutorial behind them. This may work temporarily, but chances are that you won’t do the job quite right and the very same tap will be dripping again in a short period of time. Worse, you may do something wrong and damage some other pipes, causing faster leaks and flooding. To be on the safe side, call in a plumber. As it is a small job, it shouldn’t cost too much and will be worth every cent.

These are just a couple of waterworks-based problems that you may come up against at some point or another. However, now you know what you’re facing and how to effectively deal with each situation!


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