Common Home Plumbing Problems

If you’re a pessimist, you expect things to go wrong, and that’s not a terrible way to be once you really think about it. Because once something does go wrong, you’re not really surprised – assuming, of course, you’re a true pessimist.

Optimists, on the other hand, always assume the best. When a plumbing problem occurs, hardcore optimists are inclined to say something like: “Oh, how bad can it be?” Later, they find out, and if the answer is “pretty bad” – well, it’s let’s just say it’s likely to test their optimistic nature.

Whichever side of that fence you reside on, here’s one thing that’s certain: home plumbing problems not only can occur, but given enough time, they will occur. So, doesn’t it make sense to know what those problems are most likely to be?

Let’s have a look.

  1. Clogged toilet

Talk about the “duh” factor. As in, of course your toilets will clog up from time to time. Something other than toilet paper has been flushed, there’s a blockage in the sewer line that backs up into one or more toilets, or waste matter has created a temporary obstruction. Once encountered, don’t hit the panic button right away – try like heck to fix the problem yourself. You’re quite likely to succeed.

  1. Slow-draining sinks

Sinks don’t suddenly decide to drain slower than normal. There’s a root cause, like grease, food, hair, and other substances that have been building up over time. You can try plunging it, of course, but don’t use a plunger if you’ve already used a chemical drain cleaner. You also should try treating your drain with equal amounts of baking soda and distilled white vinegar. Allow that mixture to sit for about 30 minutes and then top it off with a tea kettle full of boiling water. If the problem still isn’t solved, repeat the procedure. Still not fixed? You probably need the services of a plumber.

  1. Leaky faucets

The sound of a leaking, dripping faucet can test the nerves of even the calmest of folks. What causes the problem in the first place? Frequently it’s a worn or broken washer possibly caused by over-tightening the faucet during installation or a recent repair.

  1. Water heater issues

Symptoms of a water heater in need of repair or replacement include a shrinking supply of hot water, rust-colored or brown hot water, and water pooling up outside the tank. You also might notice popping or rumbling noises and a leaking or faulty pressure relief valve. Several of these and other problems are caused by internal sediment build-up, subsequent corrosion and, ultimately, water leaks. Once that occurs, the system needs to be replaced.

At Pann Home Services, we encounter these and other plumbing issues every day, and we’ve been doing so for more than 60 years. Our skill, experience, and ample resources make us ideal to handle all your home plumbing problems, including drain cleaning. Need a plumber you can depend on? Contact Pann Home Services today.