The Top 10 Most Common Plumbing Issues in Gold Coast Homes and How to Prevent Them.

Being a homeowner on the Gold Coast comes with its fair share of joys, but it also comes with the responsibility of maintaining your home’s plumbing system. At Tight Pipes Plumbing & Drainage, we’ve seen just about every plumbing issue imaginable. To help you keep your home in tip-top shape, we’ve compiled a list of the top 10 most common plumbing problems we encounter in Gold Coast homes and some tips on how to prevent them.

Dripping Taps

A dripping tap is not only annoying, but it can also waste a significant amount of water and drive up your water bill. Regularly check your taps for signs of wear and tear, and replace any worn-out washers or cartridges to ensure a tight seal.

Clogged Drains

Clogged drains can lead to slow-draining sinks and unpleasant odors. To prevent clogs, avoid disposing of grease, oils, and hair down the drain, and use a drain guard to catch debris. Regularly clean your drains with a safe drain cleaner and clean hot water.

Running Toilets

A running toilet can waste a significant amount of water, leading to a higher water utility bill. Regularly inspect the toilet’s bowl for running water, flush valve rubbers for signs of wear, and replace any damaged components.

Low Water Pressure

Low water pressure can make daily tasks like showering and washing dishes frustrating. Getting us to clean your tap aerators, shower-heads, tempering valve filters every 12months can help prevent this from occurring.

Leaky Pipes

Leaky pipes can cause water damage and mold growth. Inspect your home’s plumbing regularly for signs of moisture or water stains. If you notice a leak, contact a professional plumber to repair or replace the damaged pipe.

Water Heater Issues

A lack of hot water can be caused by a malfunctioning water heater. Regularly scheduled water heater maintenance, including draining the tank to remove sediment buildup, replacing valving and inspecting the pressure relief valve and heating elements can help prolong the life of the hot-water unit.

Blocked Sewer Lines

Blocked sewer lines can cause unpleasant odors and sewage backups. Avoid flushing items like wipes, paper towels, or sanitary products down the toilet. Schedule regular sewer line inspections to catch potential issues early such as cracked sewer pipes,collapses or tree root build ups.

Garbage Disposal Malfunctions

Garbage disposals can jam or become damaged if not used properly. Only use your garbage disposal for small food scraps, and avoid disposing of fibrous or hard items. Keep the blades sharp by running ice cubes through the disposal regularly but recommended to confirm this with the manufacturers cleaning specifications prior to doing so.

Sump Pump Failure

A failed sump pump can lead to basement flooding. Test your sump pump regularly by pouring water into the pit, and schedule annual sump pump maintenance and cleaning to ensure it’s operating efficiently.

Over flowing Gutters

Over flowing gutters are one of the main reasons for insurance claims on your house. They can potentially back up and flood your ceilings, rot fascia boards, discolour buildings or collapse guttering systems from the shear weight. Annual cleaning of the gutters, CCTV inspections of stormwater downpipes and main stormwater lines can help find and resolve small general issues before they turn into major costly issues.

By staying vigilant and following these preventative tips, you can help minimize the risk of encountering these common plumbing problems in your Gold Coast home. However, if you do experience a plumbing issue, it’s essential to call a professional plumber to ensure the problem is resolved safely and efficiently.

Don’t let plumbing problems catch you off guard. Schedule a plumbing inspection or maintenance service with Tight Pipes Plumbing & Drainage today! Our expert team is ready to tackle any plumbing issue you may face. Call us now at +61 438 231 807 or visit our website at www.tightpipes.com.au to book your appointment.