The 5 most common installation problems

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Do you have leaks or a toilet that won’t stop working? Here are 5 of the most common problems plumbers see on a daily basis.

Plumbing is an essential function of any modern home. It’s also one of the more complicated home repair projects to repair yourself. Slow drains, leaky faucets, and running toilets seem to be fixed with a little elbow grease and parts from the hardware store. But how do you know when one of these little issues needs a professional’s attention? Here are five of the most common installation problems, and here’s how to tell if and when to call a plumber.

water heater

Your water heater is one of the most forgotten and important devices in your home. It helps keep your clothes and dishes clean, and keeps your shower hot. It is important that you check your water heater for leaks at the joints and bottom of the tank at least once a month. If you find any leaks, call a plumber as soon as possible. Tiny leaks can quickly lead to a broken tank that can cause thousands of dollars in water damage.

Running toilet

When a toilet starts to run, the most common reaction is to wiggle the handle all the way. However, running toilets not only create havoc on your nerves, they can also skyrocket your water bills. If you are moderately handy, you should be able to fix the toilet using a kit that you can find at a local hardware store. If not, your local plumber will be happy to help.

Leaking pipes

Can you find a puddle of water under the sink or in the basement? If it hasn’t rained in your home, it is likely due to a leaking pipe. Some small leaks build up over time until they progressively deteriorate, while others can lead to property that damages the gush of water. If you find a leak in your home, play it safe by turning off the water and calling the plumber.

Running faucet

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Low water pressure

Low water pressure used to be common in older homes, but it can also occur in new homes. If the low water pressure is limited to a faucet or shower, the problem is likely with that faucet. If you are under low pressure throughout the house, it could be a valve or a pressure regulator. Checking and tightening valves and controls is likely a job that should be left to a professional plumber.

Slow or clogged drains

There’s nothing worse when you open a sink or shower drain and the water doesn’t go down. Most of the time, these clogs can be cleared with a plunger or drain cleaner. If you have a drain that clogs frequently, the best thing to do is to call a plumber and have them checked. Continued use of drain cleaning chemicals can damage your pipes and create other problems.

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