5 Common Plumbing Problems

Do you know what plumbing issues to keep an eye out for at home? Chances are, if you’re not an expert, then you don’t. But a plumbing issue left unresolved can be devastating to your home.

Caught early, plumbing problems don’t need to cause you to flush money down the toilet. We’re going to take a look at exactly what to keep an eye out for around your home so that you stand a chance of fixing any issues before they cost you money.

Let’s get into the 5 most common plumbing problems in your home!

1. Dripping Faucets 

Everyone knows the feeling. You’re lying in bed after a long day at work, trying to get to sleep. Drip… drip… drip… it’s all you can focus on!

Dripping faucets are one of the most common plumbing issues around the home, but thankfully they can also be one of the cheapest and easiest to fix.

These drips are often caused by a worn-out O ring or washer. Water sneaks out of tiny gaps, causing that annoying drip that keeps you awake. There are a few other issues that can cause dripping faucets like the faucet itself being poorly installed. It’s best to get a plumber to investigate.

2. A Running Toilet 

The toilet flush is one of the most used mechanisms in your home. It’s actually the action that uses the most water too, so a constantly running toilet can be an expensive problem.

Again, worn-out silicone rings (often called flappers) can cause water to leak meaning that your toilet is constantly filling up. 

3. Leaking Pipes

There are pipes going in and out of several rooms in your home, and if you have radiators for heating, there will be pipes in every room! These pipes are strong and durable but they can leak due to a few factors;

  • Corrosion
  • Damage to joints
  • Cracks in the pipes or seals
  • Installation errors

Most pipes in your home are completely hidden, so it’s important to know the signs of water damage before it’s too late.

4. Clogged Drains 

We humans shed a lot of hair, probably more than we will ever realize or see happening. While drains are generally efficient at flushing away foreign objects, over time they can get clogged up. 

Cleaning your drains regularly can help keep this issue at bay, so don’t neglect your drains when you’re cleaning! If the issue is with several drains around the home, it could be a more serious problem that should be raised with a plumber promptly.

5. Water Heating Issues

A broken-down boiler is a scary thought for every homeowner. Not just for the inconvenience, but for the cost of replacing a boiler.

A lack of hot water doesn’t always mean expensive repairs, though. Oftentimes a water heater might just need a service to clean it out and help it to run efficiently.

Again, catching the problem early could save you money.

Know Your Plumbing Problems

The common theme throughout this article has been to keep an eye and an ear out for plumbing problems. Ignoring them will only make them worse and more expensive over time, so it pays to be diligent when it comes to the plumbing in your home.

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