Understanding The 6 Most Common Plumbing Problems Homeowners Face

When you own a home, you are sure to run into a plumbing issue from time to time. But understanding what causes these issues, how to eliminate them, or whom to call for professional help is the best way to take the stress out of the situation. A licensed plumber is always the best choice when you are not comfortable making the repair yourself. You will never need to worry about the quality of the work or the potential for future issues, as you will have a warranty from a licensed professional.

While you might not think of some of these issues as serious, remember that even a small amount of water, a drip every minute or two, will create enough moisture for mildew and mold to begin growing in less than 24 hours.

Dripping Faucets

Most of the time, homeowners look at a slow drip from a faucet as an acceptable water loss. The thought is that the water runs down the drain and can’t cause any harm or damage to your home. But the truth is that a slow drip will never remain just a tiny leak or problem. That drip is caused by a worn-out O-ring or corrosion inside the faucet that will only worsen if not correctly repaired.

Leaky Pipes

Many things can cause a small leak in a water line. But all of these are issues that will cause the leak to grow in size. And when that happens, your home could suffer a substantial amount of water damage. The culprit could be:

  • Pipe Corrosion
  • Pipe Joint Damage
  • A Cracked Pipe
  • A Damaged Seal
  • Excessive Water Pressure
  • A Stubborn Clog

No matter what is causing the leak, it is essential that you correct the problem quickly. If you are not inclined to fix the leak yourself, be sure to hire a licensed plumber to make the repair for you. This will provide you with added peace of mind and security in the form of a full warranty on the work completed by a licensed and insured professional.

Running Toilet

Did you know that your annoying toilet that runs at random times of the day and night could be wasting up to 200 gallons of water in a 24 hour period? The issue could be related to:

  • A Corroded Handle
  • Improperly Sized Flapper Chain
  • Worn/Damaged Flapper Chain
  • Worn Out/Damaged Flapper Or Seal
  • Damaged Or Broken Refill Tube

You can put a stop to this annoying sound and waste of water by calling your trusted plumber to repair or replace your toilet.

Low Water Pressure

There are many reasons that you might notice that your home’s water pressure has decreased. And none of them should ever be ignored. A call to your trusted licensed plumber is the best way to get to the cause of the issue, which can include:

  • Corroded Pipes
  • Hidden Leaks In Your Water Supply Line
  • Damaged/Worn Out Valves
  • Clogged Supply Pipes

Leaking Hose Bib

What you might view as an annoying little drip at your hose connection could actually be the start of some serious issues with your home’s foundation. Constant moisture along your foundation can damage the concrete, expand the soil, and cause structural damage to your home. Don’t let something as simple and easy to fix as a leaking hose bib turn into a massively expensive repair to your house. Call a licensed plumber to inspect the hose bib and repair or replace it to eliminate the potential for severe water damage.

Slow Drains

A slow clearing drain is a good indication that there is a clog or damage to your drain pipes. If only one drain is affected, then the clog is located near that drain. If all of your home’s drains are slow to clear, it is more likely that there is a clog in your home’s sewer line. Fast action is critical to avoiding a flood, water damage, and even sewage contamination in your home. Call (301) 278-8786 to schedule an appointment with a A Better Plumber & Air Conditioning licensed plumber. We offer 24/7 appointments, so you never need to worry about plumbing issues, complications, or water damage in your home.