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How To Prevent Common Plumbing Problems

It’s not uncommon for your plumbing to need repairs every now and again, but wouldn’t it be nice if you could prevent some of those repairs from being necessary in the first place? Here at We Care Plumbing, Heating and Air, our team of talented technicians is ready to help with any plumbing issues you experience. All of our plumbers are NATE-certified and have years of hands-on experience in the field.

We know the ins and outs of plumbing repair and maintenance, so we’d like to share with you some maintenance tips for keeping your plumbing operating smoothly. Here are a few helpful strategies for preventing common plumbing problems.

No Hot Water

Stepping into a shower expecting warm, relaxing water but instead getting a blast of icy water in the face is a nasty shock that no one wants to experience. Unfortunately, that doesn’t stop a lack of hot water from being a common plumbing problem. When your home runs out of hot water, it’s almost always an issue with the hot water heater.

The best solution for never having to worry about running out of hot water again is to upgrade to a tankless water heater. Traditional water heaters use a big tank full of hot water, and when that water runs out, you have to suffer with cold water until the unit has a chance to heat up a new batch. Tankless water heaters, on the other hand, are designed to heat up a constant stream of water so you’ll never run out even if your family members are taking back-to-back showers or doing loads of laundry. Plus, tankless water heaters are more energy-efficient and less expensive to maintain.

If you’re not ready to upgrade to a tankless heater, there are a few steps you can take to protect your existing water heater from damage. Often, the culprit behind water heater damage is sediment buildup in the tank and pipes. Scheduling an annual tune-up for your water heater will prevent this type of damage from taking place. When We Care Plumbing, Heating and Air performs a water heater tune-up, we flush out the system, which removes the sediment from the tank. If the mineral deposits are particularly severe, we can also perform descaling services to clean out the system.

Leaky Faucets

Listening to a faucet go drip, drip, drip all night long would drive anyone crazy. Drips are usually a sign that the rubber grommet inside the faucet has worn out. Usually, this happens when the grommet is exposed to hard water, which acts like sandpaper constantly rubbing against the grommet and degrading it. Once it’s worn out, water begins leaking from it and making that characteristic “drip, drip” sound we all know too well.

Preventing a leaking faucet usually comes down to fixing the hard water issue. Water filtration systems are one way to handle hard water. A filtration system catches the minerals that cause hard water before they enter your home’s plumbing. This protects the rubber grommets inside your faucet from wearing down and helps prevent future leaks and drips. We Care Plumbing, Heating and Air has a range of water filtration systems you can choose from for your needs and budget.

You can also employ water softeners to counteract the hard water. Water softeners use a process called ion exchange to pull out calcium and other minerals. This purifies your water and makes it tastier to drink. It also protects your plumbing.

Low Water Pressure

There are various reasons you may be experiencing low water pressure, but the most common cause of the problem is mineral buildup inside the pipes. As water travels through them, minerals such as calcium can become trapped inside the pipes, plumbing fixtures and water heater. Over time, the buildup can get so bad that it narrows the inside of a pipe much like a clogged artery. The end result is low water pressure. Luckily, you can avoid this issue and protect your plumbing by installing a filtration system.

This equipment filters all of the water that passes through it, catching minerals and other solid particles before they enter your pipes and water tank. This will extend the life span of your water heater and bathroom fixtures. On top of that, filtered water simply tastes better.

Running Toilet

Does your toilet constantly make a sound as though it’s filling with water? While this is normal right after it’s flushed, that sound should go away after about a minute. If it persists, it means the toilet is running. A running toilet is caused by components inside the toilet wearing down. The usual culprits include worn-out flapper valves and loose fill tubes.

While you can’t prevent toilet components from wearing out over time, you can do regular inspections of the toilet to make sure everything is in working order. If you notice an issue while it’s still minor, it’s usually at the stage where the fix is simple and very affordable. Over time, running toilets can rack up high water bills, so it’s a problem best solved sooner rather than later.

Clogged Drains

Clogged drains are one of the most common plumbing problems that homeowners run into. The telltale sign of a clogged drain is that water can no longer go down it easily. It either moves very sluggishly or just sits there maintaining the same water level. From kitchen sinks to showers and toilets, any drain in your house can become clogged. While there are ways you can take care of a clog at home, most homeowners would rather skip the dirty job and prevent clogs from forming in the first place.

There are a few key ways you can prevent clogs. Keep in mind that the type of drain matters. For preventing toilet clogs, you need to be sure that only dissolvable waste is being flushed down the toilet. Toilet drains are only designed to handle toilet paper, which dissolves quickly once wet. Flushing other materials like paper towels, baby wipes or female hygiene products will almost certainly result in a clog.

Other bathroom drains like showers and sinks are usually clogged by hair or soap. You can install a hair catcher over the drain in the shower or bathtub to prevent hair from entering the drain and blocking it.

Plumbing Repair Experts in Southern California

When something goes wrong with your home plumbing, We Care Plumbing, Heating and Air is here to help! We’ll come out to your place to conduct a thorough inspection of the plumbing, assess the damage and make timely repairs. Our goal is to have your system back up and running again as soon as possible. We also want to keep it working properly for years to come.

Our NATE-certified technicians are experienced at handling plumbing problems of all varieties from running toilets and leaky faucets to faulty hot water heaters. Since we were founded in 2000, we have been a primary source for plumbing solutions in Southern California. Not only do we offer affordable repairs, but we also provide expert installations and maintenance. In addition, we furnish the same range of services for all your heating, cooling, indoor air quality and PV solar needs. When it comes to home comfort, We Care Plumbing, Heating and Air is your one-stop shop. Call our office in Murrieta or Orange today to schedule your appointment.

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