What Are the Most Common Plumbing Problems?

As plumbing systems age, they deteriorate in one way or another. Some other common causes of plumbing problems include flushing solid objects down the toilet and inadequate maintenance. Plumbing problems are annoying and can quickly become expensive.

Plumbing leaks can occur in an old or inadequately maintained plumbing system. They can have profound effects on the environment.

An average household leak can waste around 9,400 gallons of water every year. Deteriorated plumbing will allow the influx of contaminants into local drinking water systems.

Here are some common plumbing problems every homeowner must know from expert Santa Rosa plumbers, Holman Plumbing.

Leaky Faucets 

A leaky faucet can waste up to 2,600 gallons of water every year. They say knowing the enemy is half the battle. If your faucet is dripping, first and foremost, identify the source of the problem.

Some common causes of leaky faucets include bad washers, worn O-rings, bad seals, damaged hardware, bad valve seats or washers, and old cartridges. To prevent problems, periodically inspect faucets and make necessary repairs.

Clogs and Partial Clogs 

A clogged toilet is an average homeowner’s plumbing nightmare. Fortunately, more often than not, unclogging a clogged toilet is not difficult. With a little practice and a plunger or snake, you can get your clogged toilet up and running.

If your toilet won’t flush and you don’t have a plunger, use a cleaning solution (such as hot water and dish soap or vinegar and baking soda) to break down the waste. If the problem persists, call a local plumber. 

There are few more things more annoying than a clogged sink or drain. Never use drain cleaners with harsh chemicals to unclog a clogged drain as they may be corrosive and corrode the piping.

To prevent clogs, avoid putting solid materials such as paper towels, feminine hygiene products, baby wipes, vegetable or animal fat, and cat litter down the drain. Use a shower drain catcher to keep hair out of your drain.

Leaking Pipes 

Leaky pipes are more than a nuisance. They can cause severe water damage and the standing water from a damaged pipe can lead to mold and mildew. Some common causes of leaky pipes include damaged seals, corrosion, untreated clogs, incorrect installation, and high water pressure.

Some leaking pipe signs include skyrocketing water bills, stained and damaged ceilings, floors and walls, wet spots, and foundation cracks. Periodically inspect your pipes. Move quickly to address any leaks. If you live in an area with hard water, use a whole-house water softener system to break down the minerals. Lower the water pressure. Avoid cleaning supplies containing VOCs.

Holman Plumbing is a team of seasoned plumbers in Santa Rosa. We are your one-stop-shop for plumbing repairs, installation, and maintenance. To schedule a whole-house plumbing inspection, call us at (707) 495-5002.

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