Top 10 Most Common Plumbing Problems

Listing the top 10 most common plumbing problems is not an exact science. But these items will appear on most plumbers list of frequent requests. When looking at a project, the homeowner should consider his time available to give to the project, the tools he has and his experience taking on projects like these. Finally, the homeowner should think about what the consequences are of the project going badly.  A few inches of water on the basement floor?

Now, you are ready to decide whether to do it yourself or call a professional plumber.  In most cases, plumbing is one of the DIY items you should avoid. Here’s the list of the top 10 most common plumbing problems in no particular order.

1.     Dripping faucet. First, check to see if it is the hot or cold water line that is causing the drip. Often the job requires removing the handles, replacing the washers and purchasing a new cartridge. While this is an easy job for a plumber, there is a steep learning curve for the novice.

2.     Kitchen sink is draining slowly. If the sink is a double bowl and connects to the garbage disposal, there are multiple potential problems. Start by checking the T fittings, the trap and the joints in the system. Each could be a source of blockages that would result in a slow drain.

3.     Clogged bathroom drain. The clog is probably caused by hair. A “hair snare” or plumber’s snake will be helpful in clearing the blockage.  As DIY projects go this is one most homeowners can do.  However, if it doesn't work, you should consider bringing in a member of the Linthicum Plumbing team.

4.     Garbage disposal is running, but nothing is happening. Some type of hard object has probably caused the blockage.  Turn off the disposal, then use a wooden spoon to clear the item. Then crawl underneath the disposal and hit the reset button or use an Allen wrench to crank the system by hand. Next switch on the disposal on and it should be able to run freely. Again, this is one the homeowner can almost always handle.  If it doesn't work, we are here to help.

5.     Water coming from the faucet is slightly red. The old galvanized pipes are starting to rust. The pipes must be replaced. This is a no brainer.  Call us and let us help.  In the case of replacing a pipe, what you don't know can hurt you.

6.     Toilet keeps running. Often the problem is caused by the flapper at the bottom of the water tank not closing properly. This allows water to continually drain into the toilet bowl. So the water tank never completely fills up. The float and fill valve could also be malfunctioning. These are parts you can buy at the hardware store.  However, if you are not experienced at DIY projects it may be easier to call us.

7.     The toilet is leaking. Is it just condensation?  Is the supply line leaking?  Check both the top and bottom of the line. Is the leak coming from the base of the toilet?  Each of these are separate problems with separate solutions. Read More

8.     Burst pipe from frozen water.  First turn off the main valve to the water in your home.  Then call us.  This is a major problem and will need professional service.

9.     Low water pressure. Check the aerator.  Often calcium deposits collect on the aerator and restrict the flow of water. Scrub the aerator with a brush and reinsert. This is an easy fix. Even the novice homeowner can tackle this project.  Call us if it doesn't help.

10.  Sewer gas smell. You have a trap problem.  The trap is the U at the bottom of pipes underneath a sink or toilet. The trap is almost always filled with water, which prevents sewer gas from coming into the house. If water evaporates from the trap, the sewer gas can leak into the home. Read more.