When it comes to home repairs, home owners’ attention is often focused on fixing the exterior of the home, daunting as it is. After all, countless homeowners have tried or at the very least thought about trying to take on plumbing repairs. Even if you have a general idea about plumbing systems, you should never mess around with your home’s plumbing repairs or maintenance. It is important to look into common plumbing issues particularly evident in homes built well before the ’80’s. Common problem number one are nosy pipes which can start as a soft tapping sound to a louder hammering as the problem worsens.
One of the things you can do to check before you call a professional plumber is to run water through all the outlets in your home: faucets, shower heads, etc. and listen for any odd noises coming from the taps and when you hear something unusual, albeit soft sounds that should not be there, call a plumber immediately and have him check out the sounds. Usually, plumbers can see evidence of reduced water pressure and for them, this is a sign that the galvanized pipes are destroyed by rust; have professional plumbers check the pipes and test the water for signs of contaminants that can cause corrosion. Typically, these repairs can be done on your own with a pair of pliers but if you have never done these kinds of repairs before, it wouldn’t hurt to call a local plumber to fix the problem and watch him as he does the work and ask questions so you can do this type of repairs on your own, if there is a huge leak have the plumber replace the entire faucet.
If you do not pay attention to these areas in your home’s plumbing system on a regular basis, you may find yourself having to deal with a very serious problem and costly expenses that not even a licensed plumber can get you out of. If you live in an old enough house, it is not advisable to be using chemicals to get rid of blockage on these pipes especially in the kitchen to be sure that you are not going to cause serious damage on your pipes and spend a lot of money for repairs. Call a licensed plumber before you use strong chemicals and pour it down the drain to be sure the pipes do not have cracks that can lead to serious problems.