Be on the Look Out for the Most Common Plumbing Problems

Whether a homeowner or a renter, everybody knows that helpless feeling when you are blindsided by a plumbing emergency. The instances we discuss below are not one’s that should come as a real surprise. However, with aging fixtures and just normal wear and tear, things eventually become a problem. In this post and the following post , we will walk you through how to identify our 8 Most Common Plumbing Problems.

Again, whether big or small or an issue you can fix or one that requires a call you will want to identify these Most Common Plumbing Problems. Here is a look at the first four of our eight problems and what usually causes them.

The Most Common Plumbing Problems: Faucets, Drains, Pipes, and Toilets

The first three of our Most Common Plumbing Problems focus on three separate areas that all are familiar with. Those are the faucet, drains, and the toilet. Listed under each problem are the signs to look for and recognize as the source of these potential plumbing headaches.

1) Dripping Faucets

The pesky drip. Everyone has spent a sleepless moment being thoroughly annoyed by a dripping faucet. This first of our Most Common Plumbing Problems should be addressed as soon as noticed, as it could turn out costly.

The possible causes to check for here are first a worn-out washer or “O” ring. This is a somewhat easy fix, as you just replace the old part. Another cause would be corrosion or possibly even bad installation. If either of these proves to be the source, give us a call at Poole’s Plumbing and we can lend a hand before the drip opens the flood gates on your pocketbook.

2) Slow or Clogged Drains

Now you see, when we say these are the Most Common Plumbing Problems, we are pretty sure that you can relate. We’ve all wondered “what is taking so long to drain.” Whether the sink or the shower, this issue can usually point to one of two things that depend on if one drain or multiple is clogged.

In each situation, whether one or multiple clogged drains, there are different things to look for. Likewise, there are different repercussions. Below is what to look for and how to deal with each.

  • One Slow or Clogged Drain- When you have just one clogged drain, it usually means the issue in your home is local to that specific area. It can be caused by hair, soap scum, or other foreign objects that have made their way down the drain. A simple and routine drain cleaning should handle this problem
  • Multiple Slow or Clogged Drains-  This is a big red flag. You might be dealing with some sewer line issues if you have more than one clogged drain throughout the house. You will want to give us a call at Poole’s to come to take a look. This is a serious problem and you want to get it looked at as soon as possible to prevent a sewage backup.

3) Leaky Pipes

Yes, you can see the pattern here. You have had leaky pipes before, more than likely. Hence, why we call these our Most Common Plumbing Problems. Now in the case of leaky pipes, we have listed below several things to look for that might be the cause.

  • Cracked seals or cracked pipes
  • Clogs or Obstructions
  • Pipe Corrosion
  • Excessive Water Pressure
  • Pipe Joint Damage
  • Incorrect Pipe Laying

In any of these instances, it is important to know that no matter the cause, get the pros at Poole’s out to look at these pipes as soon as possible. The longer they are ignored, the more damage you are at risk of having caused.

4) Running Toilets

Yes, we know the old corny joke…we won’t even say it! Seriously though, a running toilet may be among the Most Common Plumbing Problems, but it is no laughing matter. As a matter of fact, a running toilet can waste up to 200 gallons of water a day. To avoid this, which can become costly, take a look, and see if any of the below are causing the problem.

  • Worn Out Flapper Seals or Flush Valves
  • Improper Size Flapper Chains
  • Corroded Toilet Handles
  • Refill Tube Issues

The Most Common Plumbing Problems Can Be the Costliest Ones Too!

As we are all aware of from these four issues above and plumbing issue, no matter how common can turn out to be a costly one. In our follow up post, we will look at four more of the Most Common Plumbing Problems and where to look to find their source.

However, in the case of those in the next blog entry or with any of the four above, call the most trusted name in Raleigh area plumbing and they will be sure the problem is ended. To reach us at Poole’s Plumbing visit