North Florida is a great place to live. There’s a lot of sunshine, the summers are long, and the winters are mild. While there are plenty of upsides to living here, the warm, humid climate and the sandy soil can magnify some common plumbing issues, causing headaches for Florida homeowners. Here are four common plumbing issues that Florida homeowners experience.
- Scale Buildup – Scaling is when minerals build up inside your home pipes and plumbing systems. Scale residue buildup reduces the diameter of your pipes, disturbing the flow rate and decreasing water pressure. If scale starts to build up inside a plumbing system it could stop them from working properly or at all. Water softeners can reduce scale buildup by removing the minerals that form scale in your plumbing, saving you from costly pipe repairs down the line. After installing a water softeners, you will also notice less spotting on dishes and glassware, your laundry will come out softer, your appliances will have longer lifespans, and your energy bills will be lower!
- Leaking pipes – Because of its warmer, more humid climate, bacteria grows more rapidly in Florida than most other states. To inhibit bacteria growth, Florida’s water is treated with Chlorine. This solves the bacteria issue, but creates another problem. The chlorine combines with other chemicals common in Florida’s water, and can become corrosive to even the best pipes, causing leaks. Another feature of Florida is the high number of homes built on concrete slab foundations and the lack of homes with basements. This creates complications for homeowners when leaks are concealed by slab foundations or concrete walls. If you notice your water bill has spiked for no reason, call a plumber immediately. The problem could be a leak under the home, which could lead to structural damage.
- Low water pressure – Low water pressure can have many causes. It could indicate scale buildup, a leak, or simply a showerhead that needs to be replaced. If you experience a sudden and significant drop in water pressure, call a plumber immediately! It could indicate a serious leak that could do major damage to your home if it isn’t found.
- Dripping faucets – According to the EPA, a faucet that drips once per second wastes more than 3,000 gallons of water. That’s more than enough to take 180 showers! Not only does this drive up your water bill unnecessarily, it also hurts and the community and the environment. If you notice a leaky faucet, your first move should be to shut off the water to that faucet. A common cause it a worn out washer, which can be replaced by taking apart the faucet. If you are unsure of how to do this, you might want to call a licensed plumber can take care of it for you.
No matter the problem, call Troy Trawick Plumbing for an established name you can trust. We are dedicated to assisting the great people in Duval, St. Johns, Clay and Nassau counties with all of their plumbing needs. If you have questions or are experiencing a plumbing problem, please call us (904) 721-8400.