Common Plumbing Problems

Here is a list of some of the more common problems that you will find in plumbing in and around Brisbane homes.

Leaking taps

dripping-tapleaking taps is a common problem and is usually caused by a worn or faulty washer. The washer in a tap controls the flow of water between the pipe and the spout. Often washes can become worn out or damaged over time and will need to be replaced on a regular basis.

Faulty hot water service.

Over time you’re hot water service can become rusty and start to leak. This causes a problem as electric hot water systems can be dangerous if they start to leak. As we all know it is a deadly combination of water and electricity that can cause serious injury and in some cases death.

When it comes to fixing a faulty hot water service is a really good idea to contact a fully licensed plumber.

Blocked drains.

Blocked drains aren’t as common as some of the other problems that we are talking about but it is probably one of the most serious problems that the plumber will encounter. One of the most common causes of blocked drains is tree roots getting into the underground pipes.

Broken toilet.

A toilet is fixed to the bathroom floor usually set in concrete. Over time the concrete can become unstuck to the toilet and cause problems including leaking. A plumber will have to be called to detach the toilet and in some cases the cistern and reattach the toilet base to the floor using a special concrete.

Excessive water bills.

understand-your-bill-v2Excessive water bills can often be caused by a leaky pipe or a leaky washer. Sometimes people can receive excessive water bills as a result of these leaks. Often the leak can be subterranean and can go undetected for a long period of time until that excessive water bill comes in. In most cases a plumber will be required to locate the leak and will have to dig up the pipe and reseal it to avoid excessive water bills.

Gas hot water heaters.

Gas hot water heaters need to be installed by a fully qualified plumber who has the appropriate ticket and license to work with gas. As you are aware gas is highly flammable and can cause house fire if the connections have not been made to the Australian standards. Always check to make sure that your plumber is fully licensed and has a current gas fitting certificate if you choose to employ him to connect a gas hot water heater or any other gas appliance in your home.