5 Common Home Plumbing Issues

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Plumbing issues are never fun — especially if it’s your first time dealing with them. We understand the stress and inconvenience that comes along with this experience, so we’re here to help. Since plumbing is constructed to standards and most household use is fairly consistent, it’s pretty hard to surprise an experienced plumber with something he or she has never encountered before.

Here are the top 5 issues plumbers hear about the most.

  1. Slow draining or clogged sink. Pouring grease or other fats down the drain is the usual cause in the kitchen; in the bathroom, it’s often hair and soap scum accumulation.  Try a drain plunger with hot water first.  If that doesn’t work, give us a call.
  2. Dripping faucets. Yes, a leaky faucet wastes an increasingly scarce resource—a single drippy faucet can waste over 3,000 gallons of water a year and boost water bills accordingly. However, it’s usually the sound that initially drives people crazy. It’s amazing how that repetitive “drip-drip” noise seems to carry throughout an entire house, particularly in the middle of the night.
  3. Running toilet. Who’s gonna get up and go jiggle the handle this time? That’s the question asked in homes when a toilet flapper fails to seal properly or the fill valve gets flakey. Water seeping from the tank into the bowl causes the toilet to run off and on. If giving the flush handle a jiggle works for this, it’s usually a temporary fix.  There’s no reason to live with the annoyance or water waste. Most plumbers can fix this blindfolded.
  4. Low water pressure. When people notice a change in water pressure, it could be because water-efficient showerheads or faucet aerators need cleaning or replacement. It could also be that someone closed the main water valve and failed to open it back up fully. Sometimes, however, it’s a systemic problem caused by mineral deposits water supply lines. Ruling out the possibilities is something any plumber has experience with and can help you out.
  5. Ruptured pipe. That’s what 24-hour emergency service is for. A broken pipe can inundate your home with hundreds of gallons of water per hour. It’s a good idea to know the location of your main water shutoff valve and how to close it. Do that first, then call us. Test the valve annually to verify that it turns freely. If it’s stuck, don’t force it. Call a plumber.

North County Plumbing is located in Oceanside, California and has been in the service business since 1970 providing quality plumbing services including leak detection and drain service in northern San Diego County. Our qualified technicians are available 24 hours a day to help with emergency plumbing repair services…with no overtime charges!

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