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  • Jolly Plumbing and Heating, Inc.

5 Most Common Plumbing Problems

Updated: Oct 17, 2022

We often get asked by customers whether or not their plumbing problem is common in all households. While plumbing problems vary between minor inconveniences to large problems that need immediate help, we have seen it all. Therefore, we are able to pick up on some of the common types of problems that we service. Take a look!

Clogged Drain

This is one of the most common problems in a household, as it is very easy to occur. More often than not, hair and soap scum are the culprits. Whatever it is, we don’t recommend using store-bought drain cleaners to clear it out because they are full of chemicals that can cause structural damage to pipes. For a DIY solution that is also eco-friendly, take a look at our blog on how to unclog your drain.

Running Toilet

Many homeowners encounter this at least one time while owning a house and it can range from a slight problem they can fix on their own to a severe one that requires help from a technician. If you’re not careful, a running toilet can waste up to 200 gallons of water in a day, running up the water bill if you don’t catch it. It could be a problem with the flapper not sealing properly, the chain not connecting the lever to the flapper, the toilet tank not filling up, or the float ball having issues. Whatever it is, read our blog post for tips on how to fix a running toilet.

Burst pipes

When the temperatures drop during winter, your pipes can freeze. And frozen pipes can lead to pipes bursting. The reason for this is that water expands when it freezes. When it is confined to a metal or plastic pipe, the pressure builds up inside which causes it to burst. This can lead to a full pipe replacement which requires professional help and can get expensive. Read our blog on how to know if your pipes are frozen with some additional tips on preventing frozen pipes in the first place.

Leaky Faucet

Some people may think that a leaky faucet is not a big deal and leave it be for years. This is money down the drain! One drop per second may not seem like a lot, but it quickly collects to almost three thousand gallons in one year. This problem is oftentimes easy to fix which is why you shouldn’t just let a leaky faucet go because it can also lead to other problems like unsightly rust and mold growth. It could be as simple as a cartridge needing to be cleaned or replaced.

Weak Water Pressure

Low water pressure can be infuriating when you’re trying to shower or wash your hands. It is often difficult to discern the cause of without a professional, but it can be for a number of reasons. These include a buildup of mineral deposits, problems with the municipal water supply or it could be a leak somewhere else in your house.

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