Common Residential Plumbing Problems

October 9, 2015

Fixing Leaky PipesClogs and leaks are some of the common household plumbing problems that seem to occur even with the most thorough maintenance and inspection. However, these common plumbing problems are addressed by common solutions, often without needing to call a plumber.

Dripping Faucets

Ever tried to sleep with a dripping faucet or tried to cook and still have to deal with a kitchen sink that just decided to get you all worked up? It is an annoying yet common plumbing problem. Furthermore, the dripping faucet will make your water bill go high. That dripping faucet or that sink that will not stop sends hundreds of gallons of water down the drain – a few drops every minute will add up to gallons of water per year.

The cause is the pressure in the water as it passes through the pipes. The pressure can take its toll on the washers causing them to become stiff, dislodged, or torn allowing water to pass through. Often, the solution is to replace the washer; however, you will need to have the right tools for the job.

Low Water Pressure

It can be frustrating when you step into the shower to enjoy the feeling of water running down your body only to have trickles of it from the shower; it happens when the water pressure is too low. Though this might be among the most common residential plumbing problems, most homeowners are quick to assume it is a shortage of water or an issue with the municipal water supply. Sometimes, the problem emanates from an issue with the pipes. If the water supply is okay, then you need to check the piping; start with the main line. For a case where the main line is okay and the municipal water supply services are on point, then you have a problem with your pipes. A common cause for the low pressure is a buildup of sediments in the faucet aerators.

The solution to the low water pressure is changing the aerators if that is the cause. Most faucets have aerators that are easy to remove and replace. However, bathroom faucets may be a bit complex to remove or repair. Often, you just need to clean the faucet rather than replacing it; simply dip it in vinegar and let it soak overnight.

Running Toilet

Sometimes, your toilet will misbehave after flushing and stop every time you give it a bit of a jiggle. The best way to address problems with your toilet is to understand how it functions. Typically, water passes through the flapper valve once you flush and it if is faulty it will not hold the water. In other cases, the float may fail to balance, or the fill tube may be loose. Such cases do occur with the continued use of the toilet. Addressing the problem can be relatively easy if you have the right repair kit and know a bit about how the toilet functions.

Leaky Pipes

Leaking pipes can go unnoticed for some time until the water finds its way out or causes damage. Dealing with leaks may present different challenges based on the nature and location of the leak. Whichever the case, leaks can become a costly nuisance if they are not addressed as soon as possible. Commercial joint fillers and fitting compounds may only offer a temporary solution to the problem. An effective solution is to go all in; doing a plumbing repair will offer a permanent solution. If you do not want to have a monumental mess, make that you turn off the water at the main shut-off valve before beginning any pipe repairs.

Slow or Clogged Drains

Clogged drains are common residential plumbing problems that occur at some point in their use. What we wash down the drains is what leads to this drainage problem. It can be a partial or complete clogging. Snaking the drain is one of the quickest ways of ridding the drain of the gunk to allow a smooth flow of waste water. Sometimes, the clogging may be due to a buildup of fats and oils. Some homeowners use commercial drain cleaning products that can unclog the drain, which are often effective for cases that are related to fats and oils, and even hair.