Whether you live in a prefabricated mobile home or a home that was built on-site, you may face plumbing issues from time to time. It's important to recognize what's causing the problem and how to correct it. From low water pressure to noise and vibration, here are four of the most common problems in household plumbing:
1. Discoloration in the Water
Have you ever turned on the kitchen sink to find noticeably discolored tap water? Perhaps the water has a faint brown or yellowish tint. Maybe there's black chips or residue flowing from the faucet. What could be causing this unpleasant situation?
For a definitive answer, you should have your water tested. A state certified technician can test the water to ensure it is safe for consumption. Meanwhile, you might want to familiarize yourself with the possible causes of discolored tap water.
Mineral deposits in the pipes and faucet: This may cause black "gunk" to accumulate on the aerator or inside the toilet. This generally occurs when magnesium becomes oxygenated. The best way to counteract this is by installing a water filtration system on your faucets. Your plumbing contractor may install a water softener as well.
Rust Accumulation: If rust is left to accumulate it may eventually lead to a burst water main. It's best to have a professional plumber remove the rust by flushing the pipes.
Unless you've been told by the water municipality of a safety issue regarding the drinking water in your area, the slightly discolored or brown water won't harm you if you drink it or brush your teeth with it. You might want to have the problem corrected if you do laundry at home, however. Discolored water may cause mineral deposit stains on clothing.
2. Low Water Pressure from Faucets
You first need to determine if the low water pressure affects both hot and cold water. If only the hot water is affected, the water heater lines may be blocked. This could require a plumber to correct the problem.
The cause for your low water pressure may be something as simple as a turned knob from the shut-off valve of your water meter. This is the valve that adjusts water flow. If so, a simple twist that turns the valve to the open position may resolve the issue.
The cause of low pressure could also be due to a clogged or dirty faucet aerator. What's the simple solution? Remove the aerator and clean out debris. If necessary, replace it with a new one.
3. Humming Noise and Vibration
Do you hear a strange humming, buzzing or whistling noise whenever your toilet is flushed? Are your bathroom walls vibrating each time you flush? The toilet may be causing vibrations and noise due to a faulty fill valve. This is the valve found under the toilet tank. If it's torn or damaged, replace it. Otherwise, a simple adjustment may eradicate the noise.
4. Backed Up Toilet
If you experience sewage overflowing onto the floor when you flush the toilet, or a frequently clogged system, there may be tree roots growing in the plumbing line. If so, the drain line needs to be professionally cleared and cleaned by a plumber from a place like Orange Coast Plumbing. An auger and high pressure flushing tool may be used to do this. If you have some degree of plumbing experience, you might want to try using a root destroying chemical to clear out the sewer line roots yourself.
Final Tip: Make Safety Your Priority
If you attempt plumbing repairs yourself, put safety first. Protect your eyes from falling debris and sharp objects. Safety glasses are imperative when snaking a drain.
When using caustic chemicals, protect hands by wearing thick gloves. This may not only prevent abrasions and burns, it can safeguard your skin from exposure to bacteria. Finally, use a face mask if you're working with chemicals and irritants that could cause respiratory distress.