The Top Five Most Common Household Plumbing Problems

Posted by on January 26/2015 | 0 Comments

Common Household Plumbing Problems

It’s no good having a local, licensed plumber on speed dial if they can’t attend to the most common household plumbing problems that afflict homeowners across southwestern Ontario. Some jobs are naturally bigger, more expensive, demanding, and invasive than others, but there are other sets of tasks that shouldn’t take a qualified Ontario plumber much time or effort to complete.

While there are a host of small repairs you can make yourself for common plumbing issues, sometimes the problem goes just beyond the realm of common expertise or knowledge, or requires proper tools and capabilities that not everyone possesses. Remember that no problem—large or small—can’t be tackled by our trained, insured, certified, and friendly plumbing professionals, so never feel embarrassed by giving us a call to handle some small (but certainly aggravating) repairs!

Top 5 Household Plumbing Problems

The following are possibly the five most common plumbing problems, and believe us when we say that these are not only our bread and butter but also things we actually enjoy fixing up! It gives us great pride to help you with whatever problem you might be having, with upfront pricing and courteous service our guarantee.

Clogged or Plugged Drains

There are numerous reasons why your drains have a blockage, and without the proper know-how and tools, it’s incredibly difficult to peep inside your plumbing to determine the root cause. There are two key areas where a drain clog may be in your plumbing system: drain pipes that provide your water supply and drain pipes that discard wastewater to the main lateral line underneath your property. Some common signs of a clogged drain include strange noises like gurgling or bubbling sounds, foul odors of discarded sewage or rotting food, and sewage backups. So if you flush your toilet and hear bubbling noises coming from your shower or bathroom sink it’s most likely the fact you have a clog in your lateral line.

Ideally, the only things that should ever be tossed or flushed down your drain are human waste, toilet paper, water, and soap. Certain items that should never be flushed down your drain include flushable wipes, food scraps like eggshells and coffee grounds, fats, oils and grease, paper towels, hair feminine hygiene products and so much more! And we don’t recommend chemical-based drain cleaners or Do-It-Yourself hacks like combining baking soda and vinegar, which only add more debris to the clog. Instead, reach out to our experienced plumber to diagnose the plumbing problem.

Dripping Taps

Leaky faucets are a nuisance of a plumbing problem and unfortunately can make your utility bill skyrocket if not fixed. It’s recommended you get these repairs corrected as they take little time and can not only reduce your projected water consumption of gallons per day on your bills but also protect you from potential water damage, help you to become more conscious of your eco-footprint, and best of all get rid of that pesky noise pollution of constant drip-dropping.

There are many reasons for a leaking tap, but the best part is that most parts of a faucet are easily tweaked by a replacement part that can be purchased from any home hardware store. Some of these include a worn-out o-ring which prevents water from spluttering out of the tap. Also, a washer is a small disk that eases friction and spreads out the load of the liquid, seals in tightness, and prevents leakage when the tap is turned off. If the washer is worn out it causes a plumbing leak. And lastly, a valve seat is responsible for the opening and closing of the washer and adjusts the pressure for water flow which if deteriorating usually due to mineral deposit buildup over time causing hard water and inconsistent temperatures.

Leaking Toilet

A toilet leak is commonplace for any homeowner and something you should not delay in fixing. If a plumbing problem is left unattended the most apparent sign is surrounding puddles of water which can result in further damage to extremities including your bathroom floor lining and spread nasty bacteria from wastewater. Typically there are a few signs that indicate a leaking toilet.

For starters, you can tell there’s a problem because not only is there a constant sound of running water, but there may be abnormal water cycling, whistling sounds whenever you flush the water level in the tank or bowl water is always rising. Next, leaking from the base of the toilet is indicative of a malfunction in the base itself which is normally prevented by the floor flanges and wax gaskets if they are working properly. Or it could also be a crack in the toilet bowl or damage to the supply line. Moreover, leaking from a crack on the tank’s exterior is cause for concern especially if water is spurting out from it as it may be on the brink of total collapse leading to catastrophic water damage. And finally, damaged water lines mean that your toilet’s water supply line is faulty, or at the very least the smaller pieces like fittings and valves attached to the line are.

Leaking Pipes

There are various reasons for a leaky pipe plumbing problem from clogged drains, excessive water pressure, loose connections, freezing, and incorrect installation. Any kind of hidden water leaks inside of your fixtures not only increases your risk of disastrous water damage and expensive home repairs. But also you will see your utility bill increase due to just a tiny hole in a pipe due to the accumulated water loss of up to thousands of liters per day. Alongside this, some red flags for leaks include unpleasant odors, strange noises, weakened water pressure, ceiling and wall damage evident by damp spots, and pop-up puddles constantly appearing.

Typically, there are two solutions to fixing a leak either relining the interior pipe walls or replacing the affected section. For the former, this is a non-invasive approach that inserts a liner inside the existing lines. But it doesn’t always work the best for smaller, residential lines. And for the latter, as a failsafe, you can always replace the impacted area to fix the issue, with an entire line or system replacement not being needed. It’s best to be proactive, practice preventative maintenance, and get a regular inspection from your professional plumber. This is alongside doing good practices like not flushing any items that would damage your lines and being mindful of bordering trees in case their roots intrude and penetrate underground lines.

Garbage Disposal Problems

Better known as a garburator, this is a device that grinds up food waste and rinses it down your drain. Unfortunately, many people treat this like a composter, and unbeknownst to them, most kitchen drains can’t handle food scraps and will eventually result in a blockage and clogged sink. Some signs that your garburator is busted include humming sounds, leaks, repetitive clogs, and persistent foul odors. It’s advised you give your garburator a thorough routine cleaning once in a while and perform maintenance such as turning off the power switch and the switch on the circuit breaker panel. Next, clean the splash guard, a plastic ring on the top of your sink, by removing built-up residue. Other tips include manually removing food particles from the drain opening, trying DIY natural home remedies, and flushing the drain with water to remove loose debris.

Why Do Drains Clog in My Household Plumbing?

Clogged or plugged drains are an unwelcome surprise! A drain can be obstructed by foreign objects, soap or hair, or scum, or can have a more complex blockage—a misaligned water pipe, or even an infiltrating tree root, which will cause even more issues down the road. If you’ve got a blockage that just won’t unclog, reach out to us!

Nobody likes the telltale drip-drip-drip of a dripping tap. The average person might not be able to replace old worn-out parts, and you don’t want to keep wasting water (and money) with this problem. When you can’t stand it anymore, we can figure out if you need a new jumper valve, body washer, o-ring, or a whole new tap. We can also help you install new faucets in your shower or bathtub

What Are the Signs I Have a Plumbing Problem?

Strange Noises

Hear a constant low hum coming from the bathroom? Your toilet is running…away with your savings due to your inflated water bill. The same thing goes if there’s an ever-present puddle of water around the base. If you can’t fix the chain, stopper, or other items in the tank, then we’ll get your toilet working properly in no time. This might mean you’ve got a problem with your gaskets, water supply line, or more, so if it seems too hard to fix yourself, let us handle it!

Surface Changes

If you spot water stains, mold, or deterioration to walls, wooden frames, or floors, you’ve probably got a leaking pipe behind a wall. This is definitely a job best left to the experts to fix but is still extremely common. The best thing to do is act quickly and get us involved before you have a burst pipe—and an even worse complication that you definitely don’t want!

Malfunctioning Fixtures

Is your disposal unit giving you grief? Is it not breaking down waste, or is it causing a mess or emitting a foul smell? This can be a dangerous machine to fix, so get us on the line and we’ll ensure things run smoothly in no time at all.

Is Your Plumbing Problem Bigger Than It Seems? Give Us a Call!

Remember that whatever your problem might be—whether it’s affecting your main water valve, septic tank, sewer lines, or water heater—we’ll work fast to make it go away. Don’t feel bashful, even if it seems minor or straightforward; small problems can easily compound and become a major plumbing disaster. Let us sort things out before that little issue grows into a big mess.

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