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8 Most Common Plumbing Problems

Plumbing problems are an inevitable part of owning a home. While some problems come with aging fixtures or normal wear and tear on plumbing equipment, others may be caused by how certain systems are used and maintained.

At NDI Plumbing, we’ve seen and fixed all types of plumbing problems-big and small alike! Here’s a look at some of the most common issues our expert plumbers handle and what usually causes them.

1. Dripping Faucets:

Sometimes, these drips can be caused by a worn-out washer or O ring, which can easily be replaced. In other cases, corrosion or even improper faucet installation can be the problem causing the drip.

If your faucet is dripping:

  • Use our drip calculator to find out how much that drip may be costing you
  • Let our expert plumbers diagnose the problem if a simple washer or O ring replacement doesn’t fix your drip!

2. Leaky Pipes

Some causes can be stubborn clogs, incorrect pipe laying, pipe corrosion, pipe joint damage, cracked seals or cracked pipes, and excessive water pressure to name a few. No matter what’s causing the leaky pipes, this common plumbing problem needs to be fixed fast. The longer leaking pipes are ignored, the more damage they can cause—both to your plumbing system and your home itself!

3. Running Toilets

Did you know that a running toilet can waste up to 200 gallons per day? That’s a lot of water waste! In most cases, the issues that cause running toilets include refill tube problems, worn-out flapper seals of flush valves, improperly sized flapper chains, and corroded toilet handles to name a few.

4. Low Water Pressure

Weak water pressure can make it challenging to use pretty much any plumbing system in your home. Often, low water pressure is a symptom of bigger plumbing problems like pipe corrosion, hidden water leaks within your home, drain or sewer clogs, and cracked or blocked sewer lines.

5. Leaking Hose Bib

A leaking hose bib is very common in the spring and summer. After a long, cold winter, many hose bibs that aren’t protected can crack and begin to leak. We advise our customers to invest in a frost-proof hose bib, which can reduce the chances of having future leaks.

6. Slow or Clogged Drains

Drainage problems can cause health hazards and even plumbing disasters if they’re not addressed quickly. In general:

o One slow or clogged drain in a home usually means that a problem is localized to that area of the home. Commonly, these drain clogs happen because hair, soap, and other foreign objects have simply built up in a drain over time. Routine drain cleaning can be an ideal solution for addressing this issue!

o Multiple slow or clogged drains are a red flag that you may be dealing with sewer line problems. To prevent a sewage backup in your home, call NDI Plumbing whenever you notice multiple slow drains in your home especially if the problem starts with the drains in the lowest areas of your home!

7. Sump Pump Failure

These can be related to a problem with the unit or an external issue. Usually, the causes of sump pump failures include stuck switches, and an overwhelming amount of water (after heavy rain), clogged discharge pipes, improper sump pump installation, and aging (mostly with sump pumps around 10 years old being prone to failure).

8. Water Heater Problems

Hot water is a necessity in any home. So, when water heaters can’t provide enough or any hot water, homeowners can be dealing with a plumbing crisis! Usually, water heater problems are caused by issues like heating element failures, corrosion or sediment buildup in systems, loose or broken electrical connections, improper water heater installation, and the wrong size or type of system to support a home’s needs

Whether or not you’re dealing with a common plumbing problem, the trusted plumbers at NDI Plumbing can help! We have experienced state-of-the-art equipment to diagnose and repair any plumbing problem.

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