• The Five Most Common Plumbing Problems – From Your Home

    When a person becomes a homeowner they agree to the terms and conditions their home requires of them including attending to and fixing any plumbing problems that may occur. As a homeowner, you should know this to be true as you likely have dealt with clogged toilets, dripping faucets, jammed garbage disposers, and such. But have you ever thought how your home might feel when you neglect or poorly address these common plumbing problems? Here is what we think your home might have to say about the five most common plumbing problems. 

    Clogged Toilet and Pipes

    Ever had a bad stomach ache after eat too much food? Well, that’s how I feel when my drains are filled with obstructions and debris. Unlike you, I can’t go to the medicine cabinet or local drug store and get some antacids.

    It would be best to first clear my clogged drains using a plunger or auger and then take the proper preventive measures to make sure clogs like this don’t happen so often. This can be accomplished by installing protective drain screens to catch debris and regularly using drain cleaner products that ensure my pipes remain clean and obstruction free.  

    Running Toilet

    I have one job when it comes to your use of the toilet under my roof and that is to make sure they flush properly when you use them. But sometimes important components get broken or deteriorate inside the toilet, forcing me to work not only when you use the toilet but to constantly be running on and off, wasting water and working overtime.

    When a toilet is constantly or abnormally running, you may need to replace the fill valve, the flush valve seal, or the flush valve. These three components can be found within the tank of a toilet, can be easily removed with a set of wrenches, and can be replaced with new parts found in any hardware store.  

    Dripping Faucet

    Ever have one of those sad days when you feel yourself slowly wasting away drop by drop? That is how I feel when I have a leaky faucet in the kitchen or bathrooms. A leaky faucet is usually caused by the deterioration of a washer found within the faucet head. This deterioration allows water to slowly escape and drip from the faucet.

    For a quick, easy fix, simply turn off the water flow locally by closing the shut-off valve and replace the deteriorated washer using pliers and a screwdriver. You will save money by making the repair yourself and then can invest in a new paint job for me.

    Low Water Pressure

    You sometimes complain about my inability to produce enough water, at a given speed, within a certain amount of time. You would probably be exhausted too if you had to move large amounts of water through tough calcium deposits that often build up in faucet aerators.

    If you want me to be work in tip-top shape, remove the faucet aerator which is often found at the tip of most indoor faucets and simply clean out any debris and reattach it to the faucet.      

    Leaky Pipe

    A leaky pipe is often defined as simply a pipeline that releases its liquid contents due to a damaged seal or broken pipe. I prefer to think of it as my way of shedding tears for the overall health of the plumbing within my walls. If you’ll fix my leaks, I won’t cry anymore and we’ll all stay dry, and be happy and healthy.  

    When it comes to fixing leaky pipes, you first need to shut off the water to minimize damage to your home. If you feel confident enough, repair the pipe yourself or call a plumbing professional to do the job.   

    Through all the clogs, running toilets, dripping faucets, low water pressure, and leaky pipes, being your home has been an absolute joy and pleasure. Repairing and maintaining these five common plumbing problems could not make me any happier or prouder to be the house you have chosen.