Plumbing issues can come in all sorts of shapes and sizes, from relatively inexpensive and minor, such as a running toilet or a dripping faucet, all the way to a major pipe leak or a sewer system backup that is capable of causing serious damage to your floors, walls and personal property. If you want to know the most common household problems that require a professional plumber service, make sure that you read our list until the end.
Dripping faucets happens so often that it is rare to find someone who has not experienced this type of issue. It is not just a source of irritation, but this waste of water can increase your water bill and cost you money. A single dripping faucet can drip tens or hundreds of gallons of water in just one year.
The cause of dripping faucets in a lot of cases is because an internal washer has become torn, worn, dislodged or stiff. Fixing this kind of problem is easy even for the average householder, but you can only do it with the correct tools.
Slow Draining Sink
This problem is often caused by a blockage that is restricting the water to drain in normal flow. Your kitchen sink may contain things like food remnant and congealed fat. In a bathroom sink, the blockade is probably caused by soap and knotted hair.
Methods for clearing a clogged sink involve pouring baking soda and vinegar, using a plunger or pouring in a chemical clog remover. If the problem is not tackled on time, then it probably will get worse over time, until the drain is completely blocked.
Clogged Shower or Bath Drain
As with slow draining bathroom sinks, shower and bath drain usually get blocked up by soap and clogs of hair. Clearing the blockage may require the use of a plumber’s snake or a plunger. Vinegar and baking soda can sometimes dissolve the clog of hair too. This problem can also worsen, if not dealt with in time. The problem can be minimized or prevented by buying a drain guard that will catch the hair.
When a toilet bowl fills up with water and does not drain away, you have a clog. This blockage is normally caused by a mixture of human waste and toilet paper. Most clogged toilets should be easy to fix with just a plunger. If that does not work then a drain auger or a sewer snake can be used to loosen up the blockage.
A running toilet can be pretty expensive since you can lose up to 150 gallons of water every single day. The most common cause for this problem is a faulty flapper valve which controls how much water passes from the tank to the bowl. With the proper toilet repair kit, this is a pretty straightforward fix.
Toilet running may also be caused by sediment affecting the filling and flushing. If your water bills seem higher than normal, check for any silent leaks you may not have noticed.