Many common plumbing issues, like a leaking faucet or running toilet, can be resolved without calling in a professional plumber. Every homeowner should know the signs of simple plumbing issues and take steps to prevent a serious plumbing emergency.
1. Low water pressure
Low water pressure can usually be fixed by adjusting the water pressure under the faucet.
If adjusting the water pressure doesn’t resolve the issue, then the cause could be calcium and sediment buildup in the aerator. Cleaning the aerator by soaking it in vinegar could help restore proper water flow. Loose deposits can be removed using a toothpick.
Advanced causes of low water pressure could include hidden water leaks, blocked sewer lines, and pipe corrosion. In these cases, only a professional plumber can identify the cause and restore water pressure.
2. Dripping faucets
A dripping faucet seems like a minor issue, and that’s why many homeowners ignore it. That is, until they see their water bill at the end of the month.
However, a dripping faucet can be easily fixed by replacing worn-out washers and O-rings. In other cases, the cause of a dripping faucet could be corrosion or improper installation of the faucet.
3. Leaking pipes
Leaking pipes should be fixed as soon as possible to avoid serious water damage. Some leaking pipes can be patched and sealed, while others may need to be completely replaced. Homeowners who have the necessary tools and equipment can repair a leaking pipe on their own. But pipes that are leaking due to corrosion, excessive water pressure, clogs, and cracked pipes or seals may require professional plumbing service.
4. Slow draining or clogs
A drain may become clogged with hair, soap scum, and other debris. If it seems like only one drain is experiencing issues, then the cause is local. But if drains around the home are slow or clogged, then homeowners will need to call Roger The Plumber.
5. Running toilets
Running toilets can waste up to 200 gallons of water per day. The underlying cause may be a faulty flapper valve, which controls the flow of water from the toilet tank to the bowl.
Other causes may include sediment or mineral build-up and silent leaks. A professional plumbing inspection could help identify the cause and stop water waste.