You may not understand how plumbing works, but you don’t have to in order to experience and identify the top 4 residential plumbing problems. They can range from the minor and easily fixed all the way to the catastrophic. Unfortunately, not every one of these issues can be easily addressed. At times, you will need help from a professional plumber to solve these correctly.
1. A Running Toilet
You flush the toilet. It works. But it never fills. A running toilet is a nuisance, and it can also be a huge waste of water. In fact, a running toilet can waste up to 4.5 gallons per minute or 6,480 gallons per day according to Swanky Den. This isn’t common but can be a huge issue. The leading cause of this is a flush valve that doesn’t seal. If your toilet is running, take the lid off the tank and make sure the seal lowers in a water tight manner. Other reasons your toilet may be running toilet include:
- Flush valve with cuts or gaps
- Warped or old flush valve
- Damaged seals
- Fill valves that never close
2. Clogs and More Clogs
Unfortunately, clogs are inevitable and are sure to happen sooner or later. Toothpaste goes down the sink, hair is left in the shower, and even covered floor drains can clog. It is essential to deal with a clog immediately. The clog itself will build over time, put pressure on the pipes, and will eventually damage them. You don’t want a leak or a pipe burst due to a clogged pipe. You may also find that plungers and commercial liquid drain cleaners don’t work – or can even make the issue worse. You want a professional plumber to expertly diagnose and fix any clogs you experience
3. Faucet Drips
Who can sleep with all that drip, drip, dripping? Leaking faucets are also a waste of water as well a test on your patience. The usual cause is a damaged seal or faulty o-ring on the faucet itself. However, there are other causes that can be more serious. You may attempt to fix a dripping faucet yourself, but be sure to shut off water to the faucet first. Call a plumber if you are unable to fix the issue before turning the water back on.
4. Silent Leaks
Be grateful for leaks you can see. The ones you can’t can create serious problems and damage your property. Oftentimes, you cannot detect these silent leaks until it is too late. In some cases, you may notice unusual spikes in your water bill. Moisture detectors can be useful if you know how to use them. We like to recommend you inspect for water damage in ceilings, underneath sinks, and other places water can accumulate whenever you perform basic cleaning or maintenance tasks to see if anything is off. Contact a professional plumbing company to find the leak, fix it, and clean up any damage done from it. Your homeowner’s insurance policy may cover the damage.
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Feel free to contact us if you are experiencing any of these or other plumbing issues in Houston, Pasadena, or the surrounding areas.