The 10 Most Common Plumbing Issues

November 8, 2021

Some problems are easy to deal with, provided you have some basic tools and a willingness to learn. Others will almost certainly require calling for help from a professional plumber.

The 10 Most Common Plumbing Issues

Ten Typical Plumbing Issues

  1. Dripping faucets: in many cases is an internal washer that has become stiff, torn, worn, or dislodged over time.
  2. Slow draining sink: chemicals can eat away at piping and cause leaks / often misused.
  3. Clogged bath or shower drain: clearing using the same ideas as a slow draining sink.
  4. Clogged toilet: is normally caused by a mixture of paper and human waste. Clogged toilets can normally be fixed with a plunger. If that doesn't work then a sewer snake or drain auger can be used to loosen up the blockage.
  5. Running toilet.The most common culprit is a faulty flapper valve which controls the water that passes from the tank to the bowl.
  6. Faulty water heater: The pilot light may go out, and you have to relight it. A build-up of sediment in the tank can also cause problems. Another time, it may be the thermostat that is at fault.
  7. Low water pressure: a common one being leaking pipes that have become broken, worn, or corroded over time. If it's low water pressure in a shower, more often than not it's caused by a build-up of sediment and mineral deposits on aerators.
  8. Jammed Garbage Disposals: running them without water, disposing of certain food substances such as cornhusks and potato peels, or allowing silverware to get inside can all cause problems. To fix the issue should always be to hit the reset button, but if that doesn’t work, then you will need to open it up. 
  9. Leaky pipes: leaks almost always happen at the pipe joints. Tape, compounds, and fillers can often provide a temporary fix, but for something more permanent, you will need to replace a piece of pipe or the related fittings. This may well require using a plumber.
  10. And finally, Sewer system backup: in Windsor homeowners are responsible for sewer up to and including city connection.

What is a Plumbing Emergency?

Plumbing emergencies in your home are never expected and never welcome, but they’re going to happen. Below are seven common issues that can occur in residential properties and are considered emergencies - most can involve flooding or the risk of flooding:

  • Burst pipes.
  • Leaky pipes or fixtures.
  • Frozen pipes.
  • Blocked drain.
  • Sewage back up.
  • No functioning toilet in the property.
  • Gas leaks.

What to do:

  1. Turn off closest water source
  2. Turn off water heater
  3. Find and address smaller leaks
  4. Open drains and spigots outside of the home
  5. Call a plumber and listen to the recommendations.

4 DIY Plumbing Tips

  • Before attempting any plumbing fix, make sure you turn off the main water line.
  • Plumbing can get messy. So, always assume that you’ll get wet and dirty. Dress accordingly.
  • When it comes to plumbing fixes, tools and preparation are key. Take the right measurements and ensure that you have everything you need before you begin the repairs.
  • Even with the right tools and experience, things can go wrong. So, keep a professional plumber’s contact number in hand.

Problems can always crop up with your plumbing system, so it’s advisable to stay in touch with a trusted plumber. Their state-of-the-art tools and equipment and, of course, years of expertise, will help you diagnose and fix any plumbing issue.

For help with your solutions to any plumbing problems, contact the experts at Bubby’s Plumbing today.