Common Plumbing Problems and How to Fix Them Plumbing
Brian Brooks January 4, 2023

Common Plumbing Problems and How to Fix Them

It’s easy to take for granted how efficiently water flows through a home for all kinds of uses without the homeowner having to think about it. When plumbing problems pop up, though, you tend to realize how inconvenienced you are when the water doesn’t go where it’s supposed to. Whether it’s a leaky water heater or a toilet that won’t stop flushing, when an issue emerges, you’ll need to decide whether you’re going to Do It Yourself or call in a plumber.

What Are Common Plumbing Problems?

A dripping faucet is extremely common and it can waste a lot of water. It can also cause your faucets to rust up and your counters to rot. The most common sources of leaking faucets are worn-out washers or gaskets, a loose O-ring or corrosion in the valve seat. A dripping faucet can usually be fixed simply by applying new O-rings.

A running toilet can waste dozens of gallons of water per day. Although it could be a leaking flapper or a worn-out stopper, both of which are pretty easy to fix, it’s sometimes a good idea to replace all the inner workings of the toilet, rather than just one. These parts tend to wear at similar rates and you can avoid more trouble with some preventative maintenance.

If you have a clogged toilet, chances are it’s not a plumbing issue – it’s an issue of too much stuffed into the toilet. A few quick plunges should solve it. If it’s a sewage backup, though, you’ll need to call a plumber.

Are All Plumbing Issues Fixable?

It is estimated that most people call a professional plumber about once every three years. Otherwise, except for a leaky faucet or some other easily fixable issue, your home’s plumbing system maintains its integrity. All plumbing issues are fixable if they’re caught in time and dealt with efficiently and with the right equipment. When the inevitable happens, though, a professional can offer you the most cost-effective and quickest way to get back to normal. Contact Second Opinion Plumbing today with any questions that you might have about your plumbing issues or for a free estimate.