From small leaks to huge sewer systems getting completely backed up, there are a lot of different plumbing issues that you may be faced with. Here are some of the most common plumbing problems that home and business owners will likely deal with. If you find yourself dealing with any of these, it is recommended that you use a professional plumbing service.
1. Faucet Leaks
This is perhaps the most common problem that homeowners will face. Dripping faucets are more than an annoyance, though. They can significantly increase your water bill if left untreated. Whether a washer is dislodged, or the faucet handle is worn out, you should get the drip fixed quickly—a single drip can waste more than 100 gallons of water per year.
2. Sinks Drain Slowly
The most common cause of a sink draining slowly is food or oil being discarded down a drain. Food debris and solidified oil can cause blockages that don’t allow water to drain. Be careful trying to clean these yourself; the wrong product can cause damage to your pipes.
3. Toilet Leaks
If you have ever flushed your toilet and it seems to take a very long time to fill up, you may have a leak. Many of these go unnoticed because silent toilet leaks occur when the flapper valve is worn out. If you notice a spike in your water bill but haven’t noticed a leak anywhere, you may have a toilet leak.
4. Lower Shower Water Pressure
If you have taken a shower that doesn’t seem to have as much pressure as before, you may need to call a plumber. Depending on the hardness of your water, there may be mineral buildup in your shower head or the pipes leading to your shower. Over time, these minerals block the flow of water to your showerhead. The showerhead or pipes may need to be replaced and the water may need to be treated.
5. Backed Up Sewer
A sewage system that gets backed up is a very difficult thing to deal with. It stinks, it makes a mess everywhere, and it is expensive to fix. Unfortunately, this happens more often than you might think. It is recommended you have a plumber routinely check your home for potential leaks and sewage issues throughout the year. It’s much cheaper to have repairs and maintenance than it is to deal with a septic failure.