10 of the most common plumbing problems you’ll find in your home

Research shows that homeowners, depending on the age of their home, will call a plumber once every three years. Though we’ve seen a wide variety of plumbing problems, we generated a list of what our technicians most commonly see in the homes they service.

  • No hot water – Water heater issues are the most common reason people call plumbers. If this issue arises, there are a few steps to take to determine if the hot water issue can be repaired without calling a professional. For those who have a gas water heater with a pilot light, make sure the light is lit. Ensure the temperature setting on the water heater is set high enough to provide the correct amount of hot water. Make sure the water heater is big enough to meet your family’s needs.
  • Clogged/Slow drains – This can often be avoided by being careful about what you put down drains. Don’t pour grease down the drain and always use a strainer to catch food particles or hair.
  • Dripping faucets – This is a very common issue that most homeowners will face as the washers in faucets break or wear out. It is possible to extend the life of one’s faucet washers by not turning the faucet off with too much force.
  • Leaking pipes – Even small leaks can cause extensive and expensive damage to floors, walls, and your personal belongings. To prevent a small leak from getting worse, you should check your pipes every so often for rust or white lime deposits that can signal the start of a leak.
  • Leaking water heaters – The best way to deal with leaking water heaters is to replace them. Leaks typically start with rusting through the bottom of the water storage tank, and once this happens, the unit cannot be repaired.
  • No heat – Broken furnaces or boilers can lead to freezing temperatures, especially on those brutally cold winter nights. You should check your heating system before the weather gets cold.
  • Running toilets – You may be familiar with the noise that a running toilet makes, but don’t let that sound be the sound of your hard-earned money going down the drain. Running toilets can add more than $100 to your annual water bill.
  • Leaking toilets – A leaking toilet is one of the most frustrating and potentially expensive home plumbing repair problems. Don’t delay a service call.
  • New faucet installation – Many homeowners replace faucets for decorative reasons, and they can really update the look of a room. Choose low-flow models to reduce water consumption.
  • Malfunctioning garbage disposals – Your garbage disposal can be an extremely messy and frustrating problem to fix, but most issues can be prevented if you watch what you are putting down the sink. Avoid any hard or greasy items and make sure to rinse with plenty of water.