Plumbing problems can range from a leaky kitchen faucet, to water dripping through the ceiling. In our many years as professional plumbers, these are the most common plumbing issues we tend to see.
This is perhaps the most frequent problem plumbers see. A steady drip could be caused by a simple worn-out O ring or old cartridge. A drip at certain times of the day could signal a larger issue, such as damaged pipes or a problem with the water pressure. Regardless, you should call a plumber if you notice a drip so they can ensure the entire problem is corrected.
Leaks in the pipes can have numerous causes. The most common leaks occur in winter due to freezing and thawing, which causes stress on any weak spots. Leaks will commonly occur in the connections, so watch for wet spots near the floor or ceiling. If you notice wet spots, even if they are small, call a plumber to diagnose and correct the issue.
A running toilet can cost you hundreds of dollars in wasted water. If you notice your toilet running, turn off the water source. This is a common issue that is easily fixed by either replacing or cleaning a part. For more detailed instructions please check out our How to fix troubleshoot a run-on toilet guide.
Low Water Pressure
Water pressure can be influenced by several components. You may notice a sudden loss of water pressure that remains constant, or a consistent loss at certain time of the day. This can be an easy issue to repair, but it could also signify a deeper problem in the plumbing. Cracked pipes, faulty appliances, and outdated pieces can all cause water pressure issues.
Clogged, or slow-draining pipes can be a frustrating plumbing issue. It may be caused by buildup in the pipes, or an object lodged in the drain. Chemical, over-the-counter drain cleaners can do more harm than good on your plumbing. If you have a clog, it’s best to use a snake or mechanical drain cleaner to remove the problem.
Faulty Sump Pump
A sump pump helps keep the area below your home, or basement, free from standing water. It’s been estimated that over 60% of homeowners will experience basement flooding, and sump pumps can help prevent some of the smaller instances of water damage.
If water seeps into your basement, and your sump pump has stopped working, it is likely you will have standing water that can lead to mold and mildew growth. Be sure to check low areas under your building after heavy rains, or if you lose water pressure, to make sure your sump pump is keeping your basement and foundation free from water damage.
Most water heaters have a life expectancy of 8-12 years. If you wake up to cold water, call a plumber who can repair or replace it quickly. Hot water heaters require a professional plumbing service to diagnose the problem and correct it properly. However, if you want to replace your own water heaters, we have a step-by-step guide for you!