Top 10 Common Plumbing Issues and How to Prevent Them

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Top 10 Common Plumbing Issues and How to Prevent Them


February 1, 2024


Plumbing problems are a part of home ownership that many would prefer to avoid. Yet, they are all too common, leading to unnecessary stress and expense. At Absolute Plumbing, we aim to equip you with the knowledge to identify and prevent these issues before they escalate. Here’s our guide to the top 10 common plumbing problems and how you can stop them in their tracks.

Leaky Faucets

That drip, drip, drip is not just annoying—it can lead to significant water wastage and increased bills. Often, a worn-out washer or O-ring is the culprit and can be easily replaced to stop the leak.

Clogged Drains

Clogged drains in sinks, showers, and bathtubs are often caused by hair, soap scum, and other debris. Prevent clogs by using drain strainers to catch debris and cleaning them regularly.

Running Toilets

A toilet that continuously runs can waste hundreds of gallons of water daily. Frequently, this issue is due to a faulty flapper valve. Regular checks and timely replacement can save water and reduce your bill.

Leaky Pipes

Leaks, especially at pipe joints, can lead to water damage and mold growth. Insulate pipes to prevent freezing and regularly inspect for signs of leaks to catch and repair them early.

Low Water Pressure

Low water pressure can be frustrating and may be caused by sediment build-up. Cleaning aerators and showerheads can help. Persistent problems might indicate more severe issues like pipe corrosion or leaks.

Water Heater Issues

Water heater problems can disrupt your supply of hot water. Regular maintenance, including flushing the tank to remove sediment, can extend its life and improve efficiency.

Jammed Garbage Disposal

Misuse and lack of maintenance can lead to a jammed garbage disposal. Run it regularly, avoid disposing of hard or fibrous waste, and use cold water during operation to prevent clogs.

Sewer System Backup

Backups are messy and costly. Avoid flushing anything other than waste and toilet paper, and consider regular sewer line inspections, especially if you have an older system or trees near your sewer lines.

Faulty Water Pressure Regulator

A faulty regulator can cause too high or too low water pressure. If adjusting doesn’t help, it might need replacement. This task typically requires a professional plumber.

Silent Leaks

Leaks in toilets or under sinks can go unnoticed but cause significant damage over time. Regularly check for silent leaks by monitoring your water bill for unexplained increases and using food coloring in the toilet tank to test for leaks.

Conclusion: Proactive Plumbing Maintenance

Understanding and preventing common plumbing issues is key to maintaining a smooth-running home system. Regular maintenance, timely repairs, and professional inspections can go a long way in preventing disruptions and costly damage. At Absolute Plumbing, we’re dedicated to providing you with the knowledge and services to keep your plumbing in top shape. Remember, a little prevention today can save a lot of hassle tomorrow.