The Most Common Plumbing Problems & What to do About Them

No home is complete without a functional plumbing system. When properly maintained your plumbing brings clean water in and carries waste water out. Water lines, fixtures and appliances, however, are prone to plumbing problems. These issues can start small, getting worse over time or can happen all at once, like in the case of a burst pipe or physical damage.

Quick action, thorough repairs and early identification are the keys to keeping your plumbing systems running smoothly. In this article we will cover the most common plumbing issues and how to fix them. Plumbing issues aren’t just a minor inconvenience, they are major issues that can be hazardous to health, will cause widespread damage and are extremely difficult (and expensive) to repair.

Low Water Pressure: There is nothing worse than stepping into the shower only to find out that you don’t have any water pressure. More often than not, people will just gradually get used to dealing with low pressure but the issues will only get worse over time. The most common cause of low water pressure is a clogged aerator. The goal of an aerator is to conserve water by adding air to the mix. Mineral deposits can form over time and restrict airflow.

  • Aerators will either need to be cleaned by removing it and soaking it in either vinegar or cleaning solution. If this doesn’t solve the problem you may need to replace the aerator all together. In either case, this is an issue best left up to the experts.

Clogged Drains: Clogged drains are probably the most commonly faced plumbing problem across British Columbia. Slow draining or no draining at all is often caused by blockages that have formed within water lines. Blockages can be large and obvious, like a single object that has fallen into the drain bit more often than not, clogs are caused by buildup of soap, scum, hair, food or other debris.

  • If you begin to notice a slow draining sink, backup or if water just doesn’t drain at all, don’t hesitate to call a plumber. Clogs will only become worse over time and water has to go somewhere! It will either start to backup into sinks, tubs or showers or, in the case of severe clogs, it can even start to backup underneath flooring. Dumping drain cleaners, other harsh chemicals or boiling water into drains can cause serious damage. Instead of dealing with a DIY disaster, call a local plumbing specialist instead.

Leaky Pipes: Anytime you find yourself dealing with displaced water, it is a serious issue. A leaking pipe isn’t just an issue for your water system, it can cause widespread damage. There are plenty of reasons that a pipe might start to leak, including general wear and tear, tree roots, physical damage, freezing temperatures and old pipes.

  • The first step to fixing a leak is to track down the source, but that is easier said than done. Unless you can physically see the issue, just finding the cause of a leak can be tough. The best thing to do when you encounter a leak is to turn off the water supply and call a plumber!

Running Toilet: Unlike the soothing sounds of rain, the sound of a running toilet is always cause for concern. If a toilet is running, it will waste gallons of water and drive up water bills. The trouble with this particular issue is that there are several reasons it might be occurring. You might be dealing with a faulty flapper valve, malfunctioning fill valve or a leak in the tank or bowl.

  • You can check over the system looking for visible signs of damage but this is tough if you don’t know what to look for. Some common fixes for this issue include adjusting the water level in the tank or replacing a valve. If you aren’t familiar with either of these practices, it is always better to call in a professional plumber.

Clogged Toilets: Nearly everyone has come across a clogged toilet at one point or another. More often than not, this can be solved with help from a plunger and a bit of elbow grease. If you have tried plunging but the clog persists, call an expert before you start to trying out other DIY practices. A clogged toilet can be a sign of common buildup or blockages or it can signal an issue with your sewer system. If you can’t flush waste water down, water levels are higher than they should be, or the toilet overflows when flushed (even if you can’t see a blockage) call a plumber immediately!

  • When dealing with a basic blockage you can try an initial plunge but if that doesn’t work, call an expert! If your toilet is backing up sewage, call a plumber immediately. Not only is sewage backup unpleasant, it is a health hazard. This can indicate a serious issue within the sewer line and that is a health hazard.

Whether you are dealing with common plumbing problems or more advanced ones, the plumbing experts at Pete & Son are here to help! With options for service calls and emergency services, there is never a bad time to consult a professional. There is no job too small for our plumbing crews. From a dripping faucet, clogged toilet, or leaky pipe, don’t take a chance on your plumbing systems.

The Most Common Plumbing Problems & What to do About Them