On average, homeowners typically call plumbers in Maple Ridge about every three years or so. Much depends on how old the house is and the type of plumbing issue involved. When installed properly and with premium materials, plumbing can last a long time. However, there are situations where something can – and will – go wrong.
Here are some of the most common customer complaints about their plumbing:
- Pipes that leak. This is often a year-round issue, although it may seem to happen more in the winter. Unless a pipe is broken, leaks tend to leak at junctures in the pipes.
- Faucets that drip even when turned off. Although annoying, this can also lead to higher water bills.
- Toilets that run continuously. This familiar situation wastes as much as 200 gallons of water a day!
- Drains that are clogged or too slow. Never use drain cleaner! The harsh chemicals can severely damage your pipes. Instead, let the professionals remove the blockage with jetting or a plumber’s snake.
- Water pressure is lower than normal. Sometimes an older home may have reduced water pressure due to a leak or an aging fixture.
- A hose bibb is leaking. This is usually discovered in the spring and summer months. Hose bibbs that have been unprotected over the winter can crack and leak. Replace with a frost-proof model.
- Water heater malfunction. Your water may not heat properly or at all, there may be funny sounds coming from the unit or a strange smell in the water. If the heater is 8-12 years old, it might be time to replace it. If you have a newer model, a simple adjustment or draining the unit will take care of the problem.
- Sump pump stops working. Excessive rain can cause the sump pump to fail.