What Are the Most Common Plumbing Problems?

Do I need to call a plumber for something as small as a leaky faucet?

Your leaky faucet may not bother you, but failing to take care of this very common plumbing problem can cost you in the long run by leading to further damage, as well as by raising your water bill and possibly your utilities bill. To avoid paying more in the long run, and to avoid damaging your plumbing system, it is important to have even seemingly small problems like a leaky faucet taken care of.

Faucets are not the only things that leak, are they?

Leaks are a common plumbing problem, particularly under the kitchen sink. Kitchen sinks are typically the most used plumbing areas in the home. The pipes under your sink not only get a lot of use but are also exposed to more bumping and jostling than other pipes because under-sink cabinets are popular storage places for cleaning supplies and kitchen-related items. If a leak under your sink or in any other area of your home is significant it is important to stop the water from running into and damaging your home. You should know the location of all shut-off valves in your plumbing system and where the water pipes enter your home. If all else fails, turn off your home’s water at the source. Call a plumber as soon as possible.

What about clogged drains?

Any drain can get clogged. Plumbers are frequently called by homeowners to deal with clogged drains in kitchens and bathrooms. Although drains are designed to allow water through but keep objects out, sometimes things like hair or small pieces of food get through, build up, and cause a clog. A clog causes draining water to backup in the affected sink or shower. Some clogs, especially those closer to the drain itself, can easily be taken care of by various supplies available to the public. Others require pipes to be unscrewed from the fixture so the pipe can be cleaned out. It is important to take care of any clogs before they go from inconvenient to damaging your home.

Blocked toilets are a common plumbing problem, aren’t they?

Most people have experienced the headache, and even panic, of a blocked toilet. And most of us know that a toilet plunger is the go-to tool to take care of the problem. A blockage that cannot be dislodged by a plunger could require the use of a sewer snake to get beyond the u-bend. It could also require a repair of the toilet itself, as a leaky ball-cock can prevent adequate flush. In an extreme case, when even a sewer snake is insufficient with a properly-functioning toilet, the pipes themselves will have to be dealt with.

Why should I call a plumber to deal with these common plumbing problems?

Some basic plumbing problems can be easily dealt with by homeowners who have the right knowledge, tools, and experience. Not everyone has those. And some problems are beyond what a typical homeowner is equipped to deal with. If you are not sure you know how to deal with your plumbing problem, a professional can ensure the problem is not made worse, and that repairs will be done right the first time. Spencer Hallett Plumbing and Heating, Inc. is your Cape Cod plumbing repairman. We provide minor, major and emergency services for homes and businesses, as well as unclogging and cleaning of drains.