Plumbing problems may be more prevalent in apartment buildings than in single-family homes because of the effects of prolonged use over the years. Below are some of the most common plumbing issues encountered by apartment dwellers as well as a few practical ways to prevent and resolve them.
One of the most common plumbing issues is the clogged toilet. A clog may occur for a variety of reasons, such as a blocked drain pipe or a broken sewer line. When a toilet clogs, it may create a backup that causes a big mess in the affected apartment and those surrounding it. While many problems can be solved with a plunger or drain auger, it may be necessary to call AA Plumbing for some issues.
A clogged drain can also be due to pipe blockage. Drains may become clogged if they’re full of grease, hair, or other substances such as soap scum. If commercial drain cleaners, a sink plunger, or a drain auger don’t work, it’s time to call a plumber for professional help.
Winter weather can cause pipes to freeze. When this occurs, they can burst or crack, causing a serious flood or leak that interrupts the water supply to nearby apartments. Frozen pipes should be fixed quickly to prevent damage to other parts of the apartment complex.
Fixture and Faucet Leaks
A leaky faucet is another common problem faced by apartment dwellers. Even a small leak can cause the loss of a substantial amount of water, which wastes resources and increases operational costs. An unseen leak can cause severe damage to ceilings, walls, floors, cabinetry, and furnishings. While a dripping faucet can often be fixed by replacing a worn-out rubber washer, tightening a connection, or using thread tape, serious issues should be handled professionally. Complex owners should watch for sudden increases in water bills that can indicate a hidden leak. If the problem is in a hard-to-reach or underground location, call a plumbing expert.
While apartment dwellers face many of the same problems encountered by homeowners, these problems can cause widespread damage if they’re left untreated. Call AA Plumbing today or Click Here to schedule service or maintenance on an apartment’s plumbing.