Common Plumbing Problems

Plumbing problems are always a headache, even the ones that are an easy fix.  Knowing some basic plumbing can help you fix minor issues but for the most part you’re going to have to contact a plumber to get the situation rectified.  Here are some of the most common plumbing issues that you will face as a homeowner and what you should do about them.

Dripping or Leaking Faucets

This is a common problem but the constant dripping can drive you nuts.  There are small washers that are in the faucet and with time they wear out and that allows small drops of water to leak through.  It can start as an occasional drip and turn into a constant stream of water.  This is an easy problem to fix, you can buy washers at any home improvement store and change it out yourself.  There are hundreds of videos on YouTube with step by step instructions.

Clogged Drains

Clogged drains are another issue that you will inevitable have to deal with.  The problem is caused by putting things down the drain that don’t belong there, for example pouring grease down the kitchen sink.  It is typically the kitchen sink that is the culprit but hair clogs in the bathtub are common enough too.  Try some over the counter solutions first or plumber ’s snakes, if that doesn’t work then you need a plumber.

Clogged/Leaking Toilets

A leaking toilet if not repaired right away can destroy your bathroom floor.  Not only that it can end up costing you a small fortune in water bills.  Clogged toilets are every bit as big a problem and both need to be fixed.  You can try removing the clog with a plunger or a plumber’s snake and again if that doesn’t solve it you need a plumber.  Toilets will start to leak when the seal around the base of the toilet breaks down, clogs are usually caused by someone flushing something they shouldn’t.  Both are fairly quick fixes but you may need a plumber to handle it.

Broken Pipes

Broken pipes don’t happen that often but if they do then this is not a DIY project, you’re going to need a plumber.  Often the breaks are in the pipes that take waste away from your home.  It can be caused by tree roots or any number of causes.  This is not a small problem and you will need a plumber to come in and find the break and fix the problem.

Broken Garbage Disposal

Most of the time the garbage disposal has an obstruction, if you turn it on and hear it running but nothing is happening, that’s the problem.  You need to be careful what goes into your garbage disposal, for example it really doesn’t like potato or banana peels.  Your garbage disposal isn’t an alternative to your composter, so be careful what you put down there.

While plumbing problems will happen to every homeowner, they can vary from an easy fix to big an expensive.  If you feel comfortable fixing small problems yourself then feel free, but don’t hesitate to call a plumber on big jobs.