Key To Plumbing Success: Understanding And Correcting 3 Key Plumbing Problems

Owning a home can be challenging due to the different tasks you must complete to protect its appeal, function, and value. While you most likely mow the grass and clean off your exterior siding regularly, you should also focus on your home's plumbing system. Considering it is a crucial part of your household's cleaning and bathing needs, ensuring your plumbing system is in proper working condition is smart. With this guide and the help of expert plumbers, you can improve your home's plumbing system by making smart repairs and updates.

Corroded Galvanized Pipes

If your home was built between 1930 and 1980, your plumbing will most likely involve galvanized pipes. Galvanized pipes are constructed out of steel and coated with a layer of zinc. You may think this steel is more durable for your home's plumbing needs. However, the combination of steel and zinc increases the risk of corrosion in your pipes. Over time, corroded pipes can affect your household's plumbing in the following ways:

  • Decreased Water Pressure – Minerals and debris will build up and clog corroded galvanized pipes, decreasing the water pressure in your tubs, showers, sinks, washing machine, and dishwasher. Decreased water pressure is one of the first signs of corroded pipes.
  • Discolored Water – When the pipes corrode, the combination of steel and zinc releases iron into your water supply. If you notice your water is a rusty brown color, you may have corroded pipes.

Replacing corroded galvanized pipes with new copper or PVC pipes may seem like an overwhelming project, but it is a smart investment for your system's function.

Rotten Egg Smell

Many homeowners notice a foul smell coming from their sink, tub, and shower drains. Also, your water may have an unappealing smell and taste. This foul smell may be similar to the odor or rotten eggs, but it is actually due to the presence of hydrogen sulfide.

In most instances, the hydrogen sulfide develops due to a chemical reaction. This reaction occurs between a worn magnesium rod used to control your water heater and the natural sulfates and minerals in the water. If you notice a rotten egg smell, plumbers can replace the magnesium rod in your water heater.

You should also consider testing your water for sulfur. Test kits are readily available at your local home improvement store. Add a small amount of your water to the sample bottle and send in to the designated testing facility.

Water that has 1 to 2 ppm of hydrogen sulfide will not only produce the rotten egg smell, but it can also increase your risk of corrosion in the pipes.

Water Waste

If you have any interest in eco-friendly living, you may have heard the terms "low flow fixtures" and " low flush toilets." Installing these water efficient faucets, showerheads, and toilets in your home is not only beneficial to the environment, but these fixtures can also reduce your monthly water bills.

WaterSense approved faucets and showerheads are manufactured with aerators, which restrict water flow. Replacing the standard faucets in your bathroom with WaterSense fixtures can reduce water flow by up to 30 percent. This may not seem like a large savings, but it can add up over time. In one year, your WaterSense faucets and showerheads can save your family 700 gallons of water.

Replacing outdated toilets with new WaterSense models is also a wise decision. Since 2006, 757 billion gallons of water have been saved in the United States due to the installation and use of these water-efficient toilets.

Reducing the amount of water used with each flush will not stop the toilet from removing and cleaning waste from the bowl. Since low flush toilets use a vacuum-like system, waste is suctioned out of the toilet without the need of an excessive amount of water.

Your home's plumbing should be a priority, since it is an important part of your family's needs. Using this guide on 3 common issues, you will understand how to correct and update key plumbing problems. Talk to a local plumber, such as Trenchless Pipe Technologies, for more information. 

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