Experiencing These? 5 Common Plumbing Problems

Walking into a home that has become wet and disgusting due to a sewage backup or a burst pipe is not a pretty sight. Plumbing problems need to be treated early before they exacerbate and make life a waking nightmare. There are symptoms, diagnoses, and finally the treatment.

Having dealt with problematic faucets, drains, garbage disposals, and toilets for years, the plumbers at B&W prepared a list of the 5 most common plumbing problems that you can face.

Dripping Faucets

This has to top the list! The drip-drop of a faucet can drive anyone insane, and we’ve all faced it once in our life. These faucets are usually attached to the most frequently used fixtures, which is why this common plumbing problem becomes even more troublesome. Also, gallons of water get wasted one drop at a time, leaving you with a hefty water bill. In fact, according to the Environmental Protection Agency, a leaky faucet that drips at a rate of one drip per second can waste 3,000 gallons of water per year. That’s the equivalent of taking 180 showers!

Stiffened, torn, or dislodged rubber or silicone-based washers are the real culprits and need to be replaced to end the dripping. If left unrepaired, the valve seat can also get corroded.

Running Toilet

Trying to make the flush behave can be irritating, especially if you are losing 200 gallons per day because of it. Running toilets are usually a result of a faulty flapper, flush, or fill valves. Silent leaks in tubes are also possible. A fairly simple solution is to hire a licensed plumber to repair or replace the faulty parts for you.

Leaking Pipes

Leaky pipes should never be taken lightly. They can cause severe damage to the floors, ceiling, walls, furniture, and other belongings. Damp conditions created by leaky pipes set the scene for bug infestations and mold. The pipes usually leak at the joints. This problem becomes more common during winters due to frozen water that expands in the pipe, causing it to leak or burst.

Slow or Clogged Drains

Chilling out in the bathtub is fun, but when the water refuses to drain, it’s irksome. Slow or clogged drains are usually caused due to an accumulation of hair and debris that blocks the water from draining out. Cleaning the drain guard or the pop-up from time to time can overcome this issue.

Low Water Pressure

Opening a tap expecting gushing water only to receive a trickling stream is a tad bit disappointing. Low water pressure is a recurring plumbing problem in old houses. Its causes may include leaky pipes, a build-up in aerators, municipal water supply, or a broken main line. It can be resolved once the cause is identified.

Contact B&W for Reliable Plumbing Repair Services

Don’t let your home become a constant source of frustration. These are common plumbing problems, but that doesn’t mean they have to be YOUR problems. Contacting a professional plumber as soon as a problem arises can save you time, money and sanity.

Fortunately, the plumbers at B&W have decades worth of experience repairing plumbing systems. From fixing a jammed garbage disposal to repairing a slow draining sink, our professional team of experts can help with any plumbing problems that come your way. For more information about our plumbing system services, or to request an appointment, contact B&W today.