Most Common Plumbing Problems

Most Common Plumbing Problems

Most Common Plumbing ProblemsWhat are the most common plumbing problems in Greenville, SC and the surrounding upstate?  Actually outside of frozen pipes in colder areas of the country the below plumbing problems are the most common across the United States.

5 Most Common Plumbing Problems

Plumbing Problems: Running Toilet

Does your toilet run non-stop? The solution could be to replace some of the components inside the tank. Often these components get worn out over time and cause the toilet to not function properly. Usually the source of the problem is when the flapper valve no longer fits properly.  If this is the problem the flapper can easily be replaced without the need to call a plumber.

If after you replace the flapper the toilet continues to run it may be another problem entirely. It may be that the float apparatus also needs to be replaced. If you replace that then it is more than likely time to call a plumber. You may have a slow leak or another problem causing your toilet to run constantly.

For more on the plumbing problems with toilets check out our blog post – The 7 most common toilet problems

Plumbing Problems: Low Water Pressure

Lack of proper water pressure can really be aggravating. Especially if instead of a full force shower you get a drip shower.  Although not common the lack of water pressure may be due to a break in main water line. What is more likely is that a build up of  sediment on faucet aerators. You can decrease the probability of sediment build up by installing a water filtration system. Remove the faucet aerators from the tip of your kitchen faucet and clean it. Then reattach and run the water gain to see if the water pressure has improved. Although not as easily removed you can also clean shower heads to try ans restore water pressure.  If cleaning the shower head or faucet aerator did not restore proper water pressure, you may have a leak or broken pipe. Needless to say this is the time to call a Greenville plumber.

Plumbing Problems: Dripping Faucets

Ever try and fall asleep when you can hear the sound of a dripping faucet? Drip, drip, drip, aghhh. How annoying. Not only is the inability to fall asleep annoying but so is the rise in the water bill. If left unfixed you could be letting hundreds of gallons of water per year go down the drain and a little cash too.

The most common reason for a slow drip is that the washer in your faucet has worn down and is no longer sealing properly. It is possible to replace the washer yourself however it may be tricky unless you have the right tools. If replacing the washers does not solve the drip problem it could be caused by the valve seat may being worn or corroded. You guessed it – Time to call a Greenville plumber.

Plumbing Problems: Slow or Clogged Drains

If you have a clog in your sink, toilet or tub it can sometimes be easily cleared with the household plunger. Or so it may seem…often it is a temporary fix as the plunger will get the water flowing again but not completely clear the clog. Before you know it the clog is back and your breaking out the plunger again. If the clog comes back after the first plunging, you should call a plumber. Unless you want top cause damage to your pipes – DO NOT use commercial drain cleaners. What is the most common cause of clogs? – Things going down the drain that are not supposed to like hair, toys, food, etc.. Even if you don’t have a complete clog, debris in pipes can slow drainage to a trickle. Shine a flashlight into the drain and see if you can spot the problem. A pair of pliers or tweezers might be able to reach a clump of hair or fallen bottle cap that’s obstructing your pipes. Installing drain screens can prevent detritus from finding its way into drains.

Plumbing Problems: Leaks

If you notice a leak you should go ahead and call a plumber immediately. Putting it off could make the problem worse or even cause damage to your home.

Here is a great infographic from the Landlord Blog with 5 biggest plumbing problems.

If you are having plumbing problems give  KT Plumbing in Greenville a call at 864-663-6105.

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