The 7 Most Common Plumbing Problems

Young woman examining her kitchen faucet to catch any potential plumbing problems.

Plumbing issues come in all shapes and sizes and can catch you at any moment. Plumbing maintenance and costs can range from relatively cheap to a painfully large number— which is exactly why you can leave the job to us. Due to the possibility that some plumbing issues can be minor and harder to notice, we’ve provided some of the most common problems to look out for. Whatever the damage may be, C&L Plumbing is reliable and qualified to get your plumbing back in good shape! 

  • Dripping Faucets

Dripping faucets are so common amongst homeowners that it has become rare to find anyone who hasn’t run into this problem. Besides how vexing the sound of sight of dripping water can be, it can actually cost your water bill. This problem is usually caused by a stiff, torn, or dislodged internal washer.

  • Slow Draining Sink

Water should go down the drain within seconds, no more than minutes. If you find water taking a rather long time to drain, it is most likely due to a blockage that is restricting the flow. Kitchen blockage may be comprised of congealed fat or food remnants. Bathroom sink blockage is usually composed of knotted hair or soap. 

  • Clogged Bath or Shower Drain

Similar to kitchen and bathroom sinks, bath and shower drains can become clogged very easily. The problem is quick to get worse, if not dealt with. It is best to be mindful when you are showering so that chunks of hair or large pieces of soap will be prevented from clogging your drain.

  • Clogged Toilet

If you’ve noticed that your toilet bowl fills up and doesn’t drain away, you’ve definitely got a clogged toilet. The blockage is usually caused by too much paper waste. Most people will be quick to flush the toilet time and time again, but we don’t advise this. It is best to call a plumber as soon as you need help.

  • Running Toilet

Funnily enough, a running toilet can be pretty costly; a maximum of two hundred gallons can be lost each day if not attended to. Not only does this pose a burden on your water bill, but that also places a strike on your community’s availability of water. The common culprit of running toilet water is a failing flapper valve that is intended to control the water that passes from the tank to the bowl. 

  • Faulty Water Heater 

This plumbing issue may not go noticed until you are in the shower and your water doesn’t heat up. There are multiple reasons why a heater might go out. The pilot light may go out, a build-up of sediment or a failing thermostat are potential roots of the problem. 

  • Low Water Pressure

If your water is trickling out of the tap instead of smoothly gushing out, this may be a symptom of low water pressure. This problem is often found in older homes. Low water pressure is oftentimes caused by leaking pipes that have become broken, worn, or corroded over time. It can also be caused by sediment and mineral deposits sitting on the aerator. 

Found a Problem? Give Us a Call! 

Now that you are aware of the most common problems to look out for, you will be able to know when you might need our services. Don’t hesitate to give C&L Plumbing a call so we can make necessary repairs and maintenance! 

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