plumbing

As your home ages, it’s normal to encounter some plumbing problems. It’s one of the not-so-fun parts of being a homeowner. Some of these issues are simple enough to fix yourself, but others are best left to the professionals. Today we’re talking about 3 of the most common plumbing problems we come across, and what you can do to resolve them. Let’s dig in.

1. Leaky pipes and faucets

Leaking pipes and faucets are among the most common household plumbing issues. Almost everyone has experienced this at some time or another. Although it’s not considered a plumbing emergency, it’s an annoying problem that can increase your water bill if it’s not taken care of. In fact, repairing all the leaks in your home could save you as much as 10 percent on your water bill.

A leaky faucet is usually the result of a damaged internal washer. This is the part that forms the seal on the tap. When it’s damaged, it won’t fasten tightly enough, and some water will be able to drip through. A leaky pipe can happen because of deterioration, water pressure, or other damage. It usually happens at the joint. Leaky pipes are difficult to prevent, but visible inspections can help you spot them early.

Replacing the washer on a leaky faucet usually fixes the problem. This is a job you can probably do yourself, but it requires specialty tools. If you have a large pipe leak or don’t want to risk making a huge mess, it’s a good idea to call in a professional.

2. Running toilets

A running toilet wastes water and makes a constant, irritating sound. This happens when an internal part of the toilet stops working. The most common issue is a broken flapper valve. This valve controls the amount of water that passes from the tank to the bowl. If the valve doesn’t fit properly, your toilet will run. A running toilet could also be the result of a loose fill tube, an imbalanced float, or a leak.

To fix a running toilet, check each part and make minor adjustments as needed. If this doesn’t resolve the problem, you may need to replace some (or all) of the internal tank parts. Most hardware stores sell toilet repair kits to help troubleshoot your issues. If you don’t feel comfortable doing this job yourself, or if what you’ve tried isn’t working, then it’s a good idea to call a plumber.

3. Clogged toilets and drains

Clogged toilets and drains can cause water to back up and overflow. Clearing up the blockage will typically solve this problem.

Drains that are clogged or slowed down are either partially or completely blocked by something. Sinks and showers usually get clogged up by hair. Toilets get clogged when something besides dissolvable waste gets flushed. These items get lodged inside the pipes and make it hard for water to flow properly throughout the system.

Clogs will get worse over time if they’re not dealt with. Oftentimes, the blockage can be cleared up with a plunger or a snake. Pouring baking soda and vinegar down the drain can help as well. If you can’t unclog the drain yourself, it’s best to let a professional handle it. Plumbers can fix the clogs and even prevent future problems.

If you’re experiencing plumbing issues, give us a call. Our experienced technicians can handle it all. You can ​schedule your appointment online or give us a call. You can reach us at (507) 282-4328 for our Rochester location, and (952) 697-4328 for our Twin Cities location. We look forward to serving you.