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The Maynard Man Says: Beware These 3 Common Plumbing Problems

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Life as a Nashville area homeowner would sure look a lot different if it weren’t for modern plumbing! We have so many fixtures and appliances in our homes now to make our lives more convenient. It all works so flawlessly most of the time that it’s easy to take for granted.

But take it from the Maynard Man—when something does go wrong with your plumbing system, you’ll be happy to have a professional plumber in Nashville, TN that you can call right away. That’s what our team is here for.

Of course, sometimes the best way to fix a plumbing problem is to avoid it to begin with. This means you’d need to know some of the most common plumbing issues and helpful tips to avoid them. Read on!

1.     Clogged Drains

You’ve probably run into a clogged drain at some point in your homeownership. Hopefully, you were able to relieve it with nothing but a plunger and a little bit of “elbow grease.” The Maynard Man also hopes your first instinct isn’t to reach for a bottle of store-bought drain cleaner—these chemical drain cleaners are caustic and can actually do more harm to your plumbing than good.

Clogged drains can be caused by anything from too much hair accumulating in the shower to too much FOG (fats, oils, and grease) being put down the kitchen sink. Being careful about what you put down your drains and using drain covers when appropriate is key to protecting your plumbing from clogs.

Of course, if you do encounter a clog or backup, the best thing you can do is call our professional plumbers for expert drain snaking or hydro-jetting service.

2.     Leaky Faucets

Did you know that even the smallest drip coming from a faucet can add up to gallons of water wasted in a year? A leaking faucet should never be ignored. In some cases, this can be remedied by replacing the washer in the faucet—but it’s often best to let a trained plumber handle such a task. It’s easy to be too forceful with a faucet when repairing it, and thus reducing its lifespan.

3.     Frozen Pipes

We’re not quite to the season where this is a huge concern, but it is important to think about when temperatures start to drop. The Maynard Man encourages preparation—the earlier you plan the better off your plumbing system can be!

Frozen pipes are a problem themselves since you won’t be able to use that section of plumbing. But the real obstacle is what happens when they begin to thaw—the pressure change causes the pipes to expand and contract until it bursts, leaving you with a mess, potential property damage, and costly repairs.

Prevention steps including leaving your outdoor faucets open and drained during the cooler months, insulating any exposed pipes—such as in your unfinished basement, and on exceptionally cold nights leaving your kitchen and bathroom under-sink cabinets cracked open, so that the warmth from your heater can reach those pipes too.

Preventing Plumbing Problems

The above-mentioned problems are just a few of the troubles that can face your plumbing. It’s important to be aware of them so you can take preventive steps. Please don’t hesitate to contact our team when you need professional plumbing services.

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