When your household plumbing is running as it should, it probably never crosses your mind. But when a tiny faucet drip, a noisy toilet, or a slow drain pops up, you can’t help but get annoyed. At Steve’s Plumbing & Heating, we know how bothersome minor plumbing problems can be. We also know that if the issues go unaddressed, they can quickly grow worse. To help you maintain your plumbing properly, below, we’ve outlined 4 common plumbing pet peeves and what you should do about them to avoid ongoing problems.
1. Low Water Pressure
If you’re dealing with low water pressure in your shower or at any of your faucets, the issue could stem from a variety of possible causes. Most commonly, low water pressure is the result of one of the following problems:
● A leaky pipe
● Pipe corrosion or mineral buildup
● A partially closed plumbing valve
● A failing pressure regulator
To locate the source of the problem, you’ll need to do some digging. But if you’re not trained to perform a plumbing inspection, chances are you won’t find the culprit. If you’ve been dealing with low water pressure, contact a plumber who can inspect your pipes and valves and advise you on the appropriate course of action.
2. Clogged Drains
When it comes to plumbing annoyances, clogged drains take the cake. Standing in a pool of dirty shower water, seeing floating waste in your toilet, or washing dishes in a poorly draining sink is about as fun as it gets, right? Wrong.
If your drains are slow, that indicates a partial or complete clog. In some instances (such as when hair accumulates on your bathroom sink stopper), you can take care of the problem yourself. In most cases, however, you’ll need the help of a plumber or drain cleaning specialist.
3. Dripping Faucets
If any of your faucets drip incessantly, the constant noise can grate on your ears in a hurry. Not to mention, all that wasted water can cost you a bundle over time. Fortunately, dripping faucets usually aren’t cause for serious concern as the problem typically stems from one of the following minor issues:
● Fixture corrosion or mineral deposits
● Faulty gaskets
● Defective o-rings or washers
Depending on what the culprit is, you may be able to repair the problem yourself, provided you have some basic plumbing knowledge and the appropriate tools. But if you’re unfamiliar with plumbing diagnosis, it’s best to contact a licensed plumber for an inspection and repairs.
4. Running Toilets
Is your toilet always running? Well then you better go catch it! All jokes aside, a running toilet doesn’t just offend your ears; it can get downright expensive if the problem persists. The most common culprit behind a running toilet is a faulty flap valve inside the tank, which allows water to drain and refill on a constant basis.
If you have some basic toilet knowledge, this issue is super easy to fix. Plus, the replacement part will only cost you a few dollars at your local home improvement store. If you’re not experienced performing repairs or don’t have the right tool for the job, a plumber can repair your toilet in no time flat.
Need Plumbing Repairs? Contact Steve’s Plumbing & Heating
When your household plumbing acts up, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our team at Steve’s Plumbing & Heating. With over 85 years of combined experience, our team knows how to get the job done right, and we strive to offer the best guarantees in the business. We service Wisconsin Rapids and the surrounding areas and offer 24/7 emergency service for your convenience. To request an estimate or schedule a repair, give us a call today at 715-421-1800 or send us a message via our contact page, and we’ll be in touch!