Common Plumbing Questions Answered

Feb 12, 2021

Unfortunately, plumbing issues appears in various forms and can affect all areas of your home or workplace if they’re not dealt with. While they can be relatively minor and low cost to fix, like a dripping tap, knowing how to deal with them yourself can save you a lot of time and money. Having said that, sometimes the problem can be on a much bigger scale, and you may need to employ the services of a professional plumber like ourselves to help you out of a pickle.

This post will outline some difficult plumbing problems that you might encounter at home or at work and some guidance on how you can prevent some of the most common plumbing problems. If you decide that you need a plumber to help you with a particular issue, please do get in touch, and we will be happy to assist you.

Low water pressure

One of the most common plumbing problems that you encounter regularly is low water pressure. This can be identified when you turn on your taps, and the water runs particularly slowly. This is usually not a problem with your pipes but is more likely an issue with your water supplier. If you identify low water pressure in your house, be sure to contact your supplier to report the case and see if there is a problem nearby. If there isn’t a problem diagnosed by your water supplier, then it may be an issue caused by leaking pipes somewhere in your home, and you should seek the help of a plumber if you can’t identify the source yourself. 

Dripping faucets

Dripping faucets are widespread, to the point where you’re unlikely to find someone who hasn’t been affected by this common plumbing problem. As well as being frustrating, dripping faucets can be costly as they drive your water bill up over time. The reason your faucet drips is probably due to a washer that has become stiff or dislodged over time. You might be able to fix a dripping faucet yourself with the help of a YouTube video, or you could ask someone with some experience of DIY to help you out.

Slow draining sink

Another common plumbing problem at home is a slow draining sink. This is most commonly caused by food remnants or another blockage from food waste that is blocking the water flow in the kitchen. In the bathroom, this is usually caused by hair or congealed soap. The good news is that you can use a plunger to free up the blockage, or if that doesn’t work, you can try a home remedy of baking soda and vinegar that might work to free up the blockage. If you notice your sink draining slowly, it’s essential to do something about it, as the backup will only get worse over time.

Clogged toilet

For many, this is our worse nightmare! A clogged toilet can be notoriously difficult (and messy) to fix. If you flush the toilet and it doesn’t drain away, it’s a sign that you have a block somewhere in the pipes. This is usually caused by a mixture of toilet paper and human waste. It’s best not to put any other trash down your toilet, as this can increase the likelihood of blockages. The good news is that you can usually deal with a blocked toilet yourself by using a plunger. If this doesn’t work, you can buy a sewer snake or a drain auger to loosen up the blockage.

Running toilet 

If your toilet isn’t clogged, you may find it is just continuously running water. This can be expensive and cost you a fortune in water bills if you don’t get it fixed. The cause of a running toilet can be a faulty flapper valve, which you can replace yourself by purchasing a toilet repair kit from a hardware store. However, if this doesn’t solve your issue, you may want to consult a plumber’s services, as there may be sediment affecting the flushing and filling of your toilet.

Leaking pipes

Leaking pipes are perhaps the most dangerous plumbing problem of all, as they can cause significant damage to furniture, walls, ceilings, and other fittings. Moreover, dampness in your home that’s left untreated can encourage bugs like cockroaches to appear, something that you want to avoid at all costs in your home. If you identify a leaking pipe, it’s most likely coming from the pipe joint. You can fix this temporarily yourself with tape or a filler, but you will need to replace the pipe eventually to stop it from being a problem in the long-term. It would be best if you were careful with leaks in the winter, as it can cause the water to freeze, meaning the pipes will expand and could even burst. If you don’t feel confident about dealing with a water leak, it’s best to call a plumber to help you.

Faulty water heater

You will know if there’s a problem with your water heater if you’re in the shower and suddenly the hot water stops working. Generally speaking, you should seek a professional’s advice if your water heater stops working, as it can be tough to fix, and there is a fair amount of room for error. Before calling a professional, you should check the pilot light isn’t faulty, as sometimes this can be the cause and can be easily replaced.

Need the help of an emergency plumber?

If you identify one of the common plumbing problems that have been highlighted above, and you don’t feel confident enough to fix it on your own, we understand! Plumbing issues can be stressful and can cost you a fortune in water bills in the future if you don’t get them seen to. That’s why at Northwich Plumbing Services, we would be delighted to help you out if you identify any plumbing issues in your home. Whether you need an out of hours service, or a regular day service, we can be with you and help you whatever your plumbing issue. Just give us a call on 01606 374020, and we will see how we can work with you to fix your problem.

Reference video: Roiceeh Royce