Common Plumbing Problems and Solutions

Plumbing problems can be a hassle, from dripping faucets to leaky pipes. But knowing the common problems and solutions can help you know when to call a plumber. Here are some of the most common plumbing issues and how to fix them. Dripping Faucets: The most obvious disadvantage of having a leaky faucet is wasting water.

Assuming that a faucet only leaks once per second, that equates to 86,400 drips per day. At 15,140 drops per gallon, that represents a total of 5.7 gallons of water wasted per day. That equates to more than 2,000 gallons a year, which is equivalent to about 8 tons of water that literally goes down the drain. These are the numbers from a single faucet.

If the house has more than one leaky faucet, waste multiplies rapidly. Even if you have a slow drip faucet, you're wasting a lot of water. Fixing a leaky faucet and avoiding all these problems can be as simple as installing new o-rings, but it also depends on the type of faucet you have. Toilet Problems: A working toilet is an even more wasteful version of the leaky faucet problem. How bad can it get? Well, a small toilet will waste 20 to 30 gallons of water per day.

A medium-sized toilet will waste more, while a functioning bidet will waste a dozen tons of water a month. If the toilet is working and a couple of quick movements of the handle do not cause it to stop, then you should call a plumber. Of course, the toilet in operation could be as simple as a leaking lid. That continues to waste water, albeit at a very slow rate. Slow Drains: One of the most common problems that people call an experienced plumbing professional for is slow drains.

Often, these problems occur for reasons similar to those of clogged toilets. God knows what debris gets stuck in your pipes. As with toilets, don't throw objects down the drain that could obstruct. Unfortunately, it's usually not possible to effectively submerge the sink in the kitchen or bathroom, plus, it's not a good idea to try because of how unhygienic it is. Leaky Pipes: Leaky pipes are often the first thing people think of when it comes to calling a plumber.

It could be a leaking toilet pipe, a leaking pipe under a sink, or just about any other pipe in your home. Leaky pipes, such as leaky faucets, not only cause enormous waste of water, but they also damage the home. Water rots wood, causes metal to rust and accumulates to form breeding grounds for both bacteria and insects that transmit diseases. Leaky pipes and other fittings may need to be replaced. Even the highest-quality items wear out over time.

If the culprit is an accessory, it could be so old that it would be impossible to find parts for it, at which point it's best to replace it. Pipes, whether made of metal or PVC, can be replaced much more easily than a complete system. Low Water Pressure: Low water pressure makes it difficult to use any plumbing system in the home. To fix this problem, you'll need to find the root cause of this problem. Therefore, the first thing you should do is check the water pressure in your hot and cold faucet.

The accumulation of calcium and sediment in the aerator is often the most common reason for low water pressure. But always remember that this plumbing problem can also be a symptom of more complicated problems, such as hidden water leaks in the home, blocked sewer pipes, and corrosion in the pipes. Sudden Increases in Water Bill: We have all encountered this problem at some point in our lives. Not only do leaky faucets waste water and cost money, but they can also be a hassle. Like faucets that leak, even toilet wastewater that leaks up to 200 gallons a day.

This is a common plumbing problem that generally occurs when the flap valve that controls the water that goes from the toilet tank to your bowl is faulty. But the solution to this problem is relatively simple, as long as you have access to a toilet repair kit. A leaky faucet is a sign that the washing machine is worn out, which you may be able to replace yourself. However, plumbers have the right tools to replace it, which means it will be a faster and easier job for them. If the water pressure is still low after trying these solutions, it could be a leak in the pipes. Definitely call a plumber if you still can't get good water pressure after trying this solution. Problems with the water heater may require the services of a plumber, an experienced natural gas professional, an electrician or any combination of these three. Knowing common plumbing problems and solutions helps you know when to pick up your phone and call an experienced plumber.

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