01 Feb. 21

Common Plumbing Problems, Their Causes, And Solutions

When you own a home, there are going to be some plumbing issues from time to time. Some of the problems are due to age and wear, while others are caused by misuse or even neglect. But the more you know about your home’s plumbing, the easier it will be for you to decide when to call in the pros and when to grab your tools.

Dripping Faucets

Some see these small leaks as one of the most annoying and wasteful problems you will encounter. These are the people who count the drips and begin to calculate how much water is wasted. These folks know that the culprit is usually a worn-out washer or O-ring. And they will watch a YouTube video and have the issue corrected in minutes.

The second group is at the other end of the spectrum. They can block out both the sound and sight of a dripping faucet. They only see the tiny water droplet but not large amount of wasted water. They block it out. But they are also the ones who call a plumber in the middle of the night when a small drip turns into a flood.

Never ignore a dripping faucet. If you can’t fix it, call (214) 388-8838 to have it checked out by the licensed plumbers at Flow Plumbing. This is the only way to ensure that a small issue does not end up growing into a costly flood.

Leaky Pipes

There are many causes of leaky pipes. All of them require immediate attention to avoid costly water damage and toxic black mold growth. Some of the common offenders include:

  • Nasty clogs
  • Poor pipe installation
  • Pipe corrosion
  • Damage to a pipe or fitting
  • Cracks
  • Excessive water pressure

Unless you have some plumbing experience, leaking pipes are always best left to the pros. Even the smallest water leak will grow into a huge mess of water damage.

Running Toilets

A toilet that runs continuously could be wasting up to 200 gallons of water daily. And the cause could be as simple as a worn-out five dollar part. Common causes of a running toilet include:

  • Broken refill tube
  • Worn out flapper seal
  • Improperly sized flapper chain
  • Corroded toilet handle

Most of the issues listed above can be corrected with a simple rebuild kit purchased at the hardware store. But if you are not inclined to tackle the repair yourself, these issues can certainly be corrected by any of the pros at Flow Plumbing.

Slow Or Clogged Drains

Slow clearing drains can quickly turn into clogs that create a huge mess. And that mess could also be contaminating your home with raw sewage. One slow or clogged drain is usually a single drain pipe clog. But when all the drains in your home become slow, you have a major problem brewing. And it is time to call in the professionals.

  • A single clogged drain can often be cleared with a plunger, some hot water, or a cup of baking soda and a cup of vinegar. If those do not eliminate the clog, turn to the pros and not potentially hazardous chemical drain cleaners.
  • A house full of clogged or slow drains is often a signal that you have a sewer line problem. And without professional help, you are going to find sewage backing up in your home. A fast call to (214) 388-8838 is the only solution. A Flow Plumbing drain specialist will arrive quickly and eliminate the issue.

As a full-service plumbing company, Flow Plumbing is here 24/7 to answer your call to (214) 388-8838 for assistance.