6 Common Plumbing Issues and How to Fix Them

Common Plumbing Issues

Most plumbing issues are caused by one of six common plumbing issues. As a homeowner, you can save money, time, aggravation and even your health by spotting and understanding plumbing issues. Here is a list of the most common plumbing issues you might experience in your home and ways you can fix them:

  1. Dripping Faucet

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The dreaded drip can keep you up at night, waste dozens of gallons of water per day, cost you extra money and even damage the bowl of your sink or tub. Usually, a faulty valve or connection underneath the faucet or a failing washer or gasket is to blame, caused by rust, hard water, clogging, and prolonged wear.

A dripping faucet is so commonplace that people mistake the solution for a simple one. Maybe your first thought is to grab a wrench and tighten a few connections or replace the rusty parts and the issue will be solved, right? Unfortunately, if you ask any plumber, it is not so simple. Fix the problem correctly before it gets any worse by calling in a professional for your dripping faucet.

  1. Leaky Pipes

Leaky pipes are usually caused by wear, rust or erosion at the joints. As with drips, unless you are an expert in these repairs, calling a professional will assure the problem gets fixed correctly the first time.

How do you know whether you have a leak? That can be tough with places that experience high humidity levels since it can cause condensation on the pipes. Look for wet spots surrounding the pipe. Also, wiping down the pipes at the joints first and then at the center and seeing whether water appears in that area.

  1. Clogged Toilet

This is usually caused by a combination of paper and human waste, as well as flushing non-flushable items. A plunger can usually get the toilet running again normally, but if it does not, a professional will be able to get it running for you quickly.

  1. Running Toilet

This might seem like just an annoyance, but a running toilet can waste dozens if not hundreds of gallons of water per day, which is very expensive. Usually, a faulty flapper is to blame, but sediment buildup in the pipes or a silent leak may also be the culprit.

  1. Hot Water Heater

Whether you have a standard water heater or a tankless water heater such as Trutankless, professional hot water heater maintenance is crucial before you have that scare in a cold shower. Hot water heaters generally have an 8-12 year lifespan, which can be lengthened by regular maintenance.

  1. Clogged Drains

Food, fat, soap and hair are all common causes of clogged drains. A plunger can help with the clog, as well as using a commercial drain cleaner. Never mix drain cleaners, and remember that using them more than one or two times in a year could cause erosion of the pipes.

A few of these common plumbing problems are easily fixed with household supplies and tools. But if you feel the job is out of your area of expertise, it’s always recommended that you leave bigger plumbing problems to the professionals. If you’re not sure what you’re doing, you could cause damage to your plumbing, having to call your plumber anyway.