Plumbing problems come in all shapes and sizes and are an inevitable part of owning a home. Normal wear and tear ages products until they no longer perform correctly.
Below, you’ll find a list of common plumbing problems homeowners should know. Become familiar with these issues to catch the problem early and avoid expensive home damage.
Have you ever flushed the toilet and noticed the water didn’t stop running? If you’ve experienced this, did you know that a running toilet can waste up to 200 gallons of water? That’s a lot of money down the toilet—literally.
Fortunately, this problem is quite common and easy to fix. Remove the lid on the toilet tank to investigate the problem. Most of the time, it’s a faulty or broken flapper valve, which allows the water to pass from the tank to the toilet during a flush.
To fix, remove the old flapper and replace it with the new one. If you don’t see any fault in your flapper, it could be a more significant problem, such as sediment affecting the flushing process.
Leaking pipes can lead to more significant home issues, such as mold and mildew—not to mention the damage they can cause to furniture and other products.
There are various reasons your pipes could be leaking. Some lines may need replacing, while others could require a less expensive fix. If the piping is old, replacing and upgrading the lines is best. If you have copper pipes, be aware of pinhole leaks in copper pipes. Leaks could also come from the following:
- Pipe corrosion
- Excessive water pressure
- Stubborn clogs
- Pipe joint damage
- Cracked pipes or cracked seals
- Incorrect pipe laying
Water Heater Issues
Few people want to take a cold shower, but water heater issues are fairly common. The most common water heater problem is the device is producing insufficient or no hot water. The problem could be sediment, rust, or corrosion if you live in an area with hard water. The fix could be as simple as reigniting the pilot light, but you should call an expert to provide a good cleaning to get your hot water heater working again.
If you’re a homeowner, familiarize yourself with the above common plumbing issues you should know. It can save you time and money if you catch the problems early and know how to address them.
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