10 Most Common Plumbing Problems And Solutions

A plumbing emergency could emerge without prior warning and if you aren’t ready to face it, you could end up paying more for plumbing repairs.

A plumbing problem doesn’t need to be chronic as most problems are related to the functioning of fittings including pipes and the functional issues with bathroom and kitchen fittings keep arising according to their uses. You can try fixing these issues with DIY ways or call a plumbing services company for help. DIY ways work only when you have the necessary tools and knowledge of how those tools work. 

10 most common plumbing problems
10 Most Common Plumbing Problems And Solutions

Here’re 10 most common plumbing problems

1. Dripping Faucets

A faucet starts leaking when its internal washer wears out or loosens over time. While it doesn’t look like an emergency but it could be annoying. Also, every drip is a waste of precious water. And it requires only a minor repair after which the faucet will be functional again. It is a DIY job if you have the required tools. But don’t forget to close the water before opening the faucet. If you call a plumber for help, the professional can save you from costly repairs. 

2. Slow Draining Sink

If you notice your sink draining slowly, take it as an emergency because the small clog choking off the path from sink to sewer could choke the entire pipe leading to a full sink clog for which you will need professional plumbing services Longmont. So, it is better to resolve a small clog with DIY ways like using a drain cleaner, plunger, or snake. Try DIY ways for a limited time and call a plumber when you see nothing working on the clog. 

3. Clogged Shower Drain

Hair strands stuck in the drainpipe is the most common cause of a slow draining shower. And the problem can be resolved following the DIY ways discussed for a slow draining sink. Also, you can take precautionary measures like cleaning the tub drain every month. Broken pieces of hair form a blob with shampoo and this blog clogs the drain when it is flushed to the pipe. Cleaning the tub drain is a good way to prevent your shower drain from choking.  

4. Clogged Toilet

It is a problem that everyone is aware of. Like others, it can also be resolved using DIY ways like using a plunger. If a plunger fails to open the clog, you can try a snake or plumber’s auger. If nothing works on the clog, you should call professional plumbing services company for help. Also, it isn’t suggested to work harder on the toilet as you could damage the pot or pipe with tools. A plumber can save you expensive repairs. 

5. Running Toilet

A running toilet is an emergency because it allows freshwater to go down the drain. And if it isn’t detected and stopped at the earliest, you could run out of water within a few hours. The problem with a running toilet is that it can’t be detected until noticed and you will notice the problem only when you use the toilet. So, don’t neglect the problem once it is noticed. And there are no DIY ways to solve the problem. You have to call a plumber to detect the problem and fix it ASAP.

6. Faulty Water Heater

If your water heater hasn’t come of age, then the problem you could face with the device is faulty pilot light or sediment deposit in the tank. And there is little you can do to resolve an issue with your water heater. You can only check the pilot light and report the matter to your plumber. Water heater inspection and repair come under regular plumbing services. If your water heater has come of age, it is better to replace it with a new piece.

7. Low Water Pressure

The water running in your plumbing lines contains calcium and minerals that get deposited in fixtures like shower heads as sediments. The clogs developed due to sedimentary deposits could lead to low water pressure. You can try removing the sediment from your pipes with vinegar. For example, cleaning your shower head with vinegar will remove the sediments. But if it doesn’t work, you should get it repaired or replaced by a professional plumber.

8. Jammed Garbage Disposal

The job of garbage disposal is to prevent the food particles and leftovers from going down the drain. But you should also know that you can’t dispose of everything in the sink as hard pieces like bones could choke the garbage disposal unit leading to costly repairs. Also, you will need plumbing services to make your garbage disposal unit functional again. 

9. Leaky Pipes

A leaky pipe is a plumbing emergency because it can cause serious cosmetic changes on your walls. It will wet the wall and a wet surface can’t hold paint or tiles. Also, the leak could spread to electric lines leading to damage to expensive electric equipment. A loose or broken joint is the most common reason for a leak or it could be a burst pipe. And there is little you can do to plug the leak other than to call a professional plumber. 

10. Sewer System Backup

It is the worst of plumbing problems because the repairs could be expensive and time-consuming. A sewer chokes only when it has stubborn deposits of waste particles that refuse to go away with regular drain cleaning methods. Or it could be due to tree roots penetrating inside the drain pipe. If you see your sewer choking, you should immediately call plumbing services company to find the cause and remove the blockage to allow smooth flow of the drain water.

Final Thoughts

A plumbing emergency could arise at any time of the day but there is little to worry about this problem as Everest Mechanical provides round-the-clock service. While some problems could wait like low water pressure, others like a leaking pipe and choked drain can’t. Also, some problems can be solved with DIY ways; others require professional handling by an experienced plumber. When you have a plumbing emergency, you should decide on a DIY method and call for quick service, We are always ready to support you.

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