Common plumbing problems are an inevitable part of owning a home. While some problems come with aging fixtures or normal wear and tear on plumbing equipment, others may be caused by how certain systems are used and maintained.
Lifetime Plumbing can provide the expertise you need to get you through the common and uncommon problems alike. Here are some of the most common issues you will run into and some information about why they happen and what can be done about them.
8 Common Plumbing Problems
1. Dripping Faucets
Dripping faucets are annoying, wasteful, and costly. Sometimes, these drips can be caused by a worn-out washer or O ring, which can easily be replaced. In other cases, corrosion or even improper faucet installation can be the problem causing the drip.
If your faucet is dripping: ⦁ Use a drip calculator to find out how much that drip may be costing you. ⦁ Let our expert plumbers diagnose the problem if a simple washer or O ring replacement doesn’t fix your drip!
2. Leaky Pipes
Leaky pipes are another common plumbing problem. They can be caused by all sorts of problems, including: ⦁ Stubborn clogs ⦁ Incorrect pipe laying ⦁ Pipe corrosion ⦁ Pipe joint damage ⦁ Cracked seals or cracked pipes ⦁ Excessive water pressure No matter what’s causing leaky pipes, this common plumbing problem needs to be fixed fast! The longer leaky pipes are ignored, the more damage they can cause—both to your plumbing system and to your home itself!
3. Running Toilets
Did you know that a running toilet can waste up to 200 gallons per day? That’s a lot of water waste! In most cases, the issues that cause running toilets include: ⦁ Refill tube problems ⦁ Worn out flapper seals or flush valves ⦁ Improperly sized flapper chains ⦁ Corroded toilet handles
4. Low Water Pressure
Weak water pressure can make it challenging to use pretty much any plumbing system in your home! Often, low water pressure is a symptom of bigger plumbing problems, like: ⦁ Pipe corrosion ⦁ Hidden water leaks in your home ⦁ Drain or sewer clogs ⦁ Cracked or blocked sewer lines
5. Leaking Hose Bibb
A leaking hose bibb is very common plumbing problem in the spring and summer. After a long, cold winter, many hose bibbs that aren’t protected can crack and begin to leak. We advise our customers to invest in a frost-proof hose bibb, which can reduce the chances of having future leaks.
6. Slow or Clogged Drains
Clogged drains are one of those common plumbing problems no one wants to deal with. Drainage problems can cause health hazards and even plumbing disasters if they’re not addressed quickly! In general: ⦁ One slow or clogged drain in a home usually means that a problem is localized to that area of the home. Commonly, these drain clogs happen because hair, soap, and other foreign objects have simply built up in a drain over time. Routine drain cleaning can be the ideal solution for addressing this issue! ⦁ Multiple slow or clogged drains are a red flag that you may be dealing with sewer line problems. To prevent a sewage backup in your home, be sure to call a plumber from Lifetime Plumbing whenever you notice multiple slow drains in your home—especially if the problem starts with the drains in the lowest areas of your home!
7. Sump Pump Failure
Sump pump failures can be related to a problem with the unit or an external issue. Usually, the causes of sump pump failures include: ⦁ Stuck switches ⦁ An overwhelming amount of water, like after heavy rain ⦁ Clogged discharge pipes ⦁ Improper sump pump installation ⦁ Aging, with sump pumps around 10 years old being prone to failure
8. Water Heater Problems
Hot water is a necessity in any home. So, when water heaters can’t provide enough or any hot water, homeowners can be dealing with a plumbing crisis! Usually, water heater problems are caused by issues like: ⦁ Heating element failures ⦁ Corrosion or sediment buildup in systems ⦁ Loose or broken electrical connections ⦁ Improper water heater installation ⦁ The wrong size or type of system to support a home’s needs.
The good news with all of these issues is that they can be prevented and/or easily fixed before they become a major issue. Be aware of the clues your plumbing might be giving you to potential problems. When you need some help dealing these common plumbing problems, be sure to call Lifetime Plumbing and we will help you get your plumbing system back operating properly.