When the plumbing’s working in your New Jersey or Pennsylvania home, it’s something you take for granted. But unfortunately, there are a lot of different ways that your plumbing can fail. Some of these only require minor fixes, but other more serious issues can destroy a home if not attended to quickly.
Here are some of the most common household plumbing problems, along with examples of what the underlying issues could be and whether professional plumbing services are worth it to solve your plumbing woes.
1. Dripping Faucets
Dripping faucets are irritating, though pretty minor on the spectrum of plumbing problems. But that’s no reason to ignore the issue. A faucet leaking at a rate of 10 drips a minute could waste close to 30 gallons a month! Usually a dripping faucet happens when a washer needs to be replaced.
2. Running Toilet
Running toilets are much worse than a dripping faucet when it comes to water waste—as much as 200 gallons every day! A malfunctioning fill valve or float ball is often behind the issue.
3. Leaking Pipes
Unlike dripping faucets or running toilets, leaking pipes can be hidden behind walls or inside cabinets, causing significant damage before they’re discovered. Pipe leaks can be caused by corrosion, high water pressure, your pipes freezing, seal damage, and more.
4. Clogged Shower Drain
Clumps of hair and soap are the most common causes of blockage in a shower drain. There are homemade DIY clogged drain remedies you can find online, but you have to be very careful not to accidentally corrode or damage your plumbing pipes, turning a minor inconvenience into a major problem.
5. Slow Draining Sink
If it’s your sink that’s clogged or slow to drain, it’s probably due to fat or food waste that’s preventing water from moving. Use the same caution with a clogged sink that you would with a shower—and when in doubt, call a professional plumber near you for kitchen or bathroom plumbing repair!
6. Low Water Pressure
Older houses often deal with poor water pressure issues. They could be caused by old or leaking pipes, or even by mineral buildup or some other kind of blockage.
7. Water Heater Problems
Has the water in your home suddenly gone cold? Found pooling water around your water heater in the basement, or noticed discolored water coming out of the faucet? These are all signs that you need water heater repair. It could be as small as a pilot light that’s gone out, but it could also be a sign that you have sediment build-up and your tank needs to be flushed (or you need to replace your water heater all together with a tankless model).
8. Broken Sump Pump
If there’s water pooling in your basement, your sump pump isn’t doing its job. It could be clogged by a rock or piece of debris, or your sump pump could be running all the time because of a broken float switch.
9. Expensive Water Bills
Water bills keep rising every month, and you have no idea why? That’s one of the most obvious signs that you have a plumbing issue that will continue to cost you money until it’s fixed! From a burst sewer main to a water softener system that’s stuck in the wrong mode, many of the plumbing issues listed above can also result in high water bills.
When Is It Worth It to Hire a Plumber?
Hiring a plumber is obviously worth the money when you have a plumbing emergency, or the work that’s needed is beyond your capabilities. But many homeowners will turn to YouTube for DIY plumbing advice on what they think are more minor problems—and unfortunately we often hear from them down the road when something goes wrong!
With Princeton Air, you can trust that your home’s plumbing work is being done by trained and certified professionals. Earn peace of mind by letting the pros address your current problem, and prevent more expensive plumbing issues from developing in your Mercer, Middlesex, or Somerset County home.