private house plumbing
The plumbing design of private houses is different from that of most (Old)HDB houses. The water pipes of these houses are almost hidden. As for landed houses, their main pipes are buried underground, so once a water pipe breaks or leaks, Repair work will be more difficult and complicated.
What are the most prevalent plumbing issues in your homes?
A plumbing emergency is never a good thing. This is because water can damage a lot of things in your home. It is essential to fix the plumbing problem quickly, so the water does not cause more damage.
Here are six of the most prevalent plumbing issues in private homes and the actions you can take to address them.
Leaky Faucet / Tap
The sound of a dripping tap may be highly annoying, and there's the water waste to consider. If you have the appropriate equipment and a thorough understanding of plumbing/faucets, you might be able to repair the problem yourself.
Taps may leak from old washers. Stop the water at the tap first by finding the main water shut-off valve. After that, drain the remaining water faucet and remove the tap head. Remove the headgear nut with an adjustable spanner, then remove the headgear assembly. Replace the washer with a new one before reassembling the tap. You might need to buy a new faucet in some situations.
However, if you have the tools and time to replace the washer or install a new tap, it's better to call a plumber.
Burst / Leaky Pipe
Pipes that run beneath sinks in kitchens and bathrooms are prone to leak or burst. It's critical to address any leaking pipe as soon as possible since the water might rot the surrounding wood structures and cause additional damage to your home. To avoid the problem from getting even worse, you should act right away. Unless you have experience with pipes, the ideal alternative is to call a plumbing business.
Running Toilet / Flush Toilet Repair
A running bathroom uses a lot of water and produces noise, so it's critical to resolve it as soon as possible. The typical culprit is a faulty or broken flapper at the bottom of the cistern or a malfunctioning flush valve. While replacing a flapper or flush valve is feasible, enlisting an expert plumber's help is far more efficient and accessible. If the toilet bowl has been damaged, it may be time for a new toilet.
Aircon Leaking Water
Because air conditioning units are prevalent in Singapore homes, an air-con water leak is not unusual. There are three leading causes why your air conditioner might be leaking:
- A clogged condensate drain line.
- A frozen evaporator coil.
- An installation that wasn't done correctly.
Because you'll need expert knowledge on how to repair air conditioners to identify and repair a leak, you'll want to call a plumber or an AC technician.
A blocked sink is a common problem in most houses. You may try to fix it yourself by pouring boiling water down the drain, using a plunger or breaking up the blockage with baking soda and vinegar. If these methods don't work, it's time to call a plumber. The plumber may use a 'plumber's snake' - a coiled spiral - to unclog the P-trap. They may also clean out the P-trap if necessary. If the sink is damaged, you might need a new one.
A drain cleaning solution, which is available from hardware stores, can frequently clear a blocked drain. However, this may only be a short-term answer. A skilled plumber will be able to give a permanent solution as well as show you how to avoid getting clogged in the future.
How do you know if you have a blocked drain or not?
If your sink or toilet drains slowly, gurgling when you flush the toilet, or water coming up through your floor, you may have a blockage. A plunger can sometimes clear minor blockages, but you'll need to call a professional if that doesn't work.
For example, always use filters in your sinks to catch hair and food particles before they go down the drain. It will help prevent clogs from forming in the first place. You should also avoid pouring grease or oil down the drain, which can harden and cause blockages. If you need to dispose of fat, let it cool first and then pour it into a container to throw away.
If you have any questions about private house plumbing, feel free to contact us for more information. Our experts would be happy to help!