Common Plumbing Issues
9 Most Common Plumbing Problems.
EMERGENCY SHUT OFF VALVES NOT WORKING
LEAKING HOSE BIB
SLOW OR CLOGGED DRAINS
WATER HEATER REPAIR
SUMP PUMP FAILURE
LOW WATER PRESSURE
Dripping faucets are annoying and wasteful. A faucet often drips because the gasket or washer has worn out or because there is a misalignment within the faucet assembly due to corrosion or other causes. Dripping faucets are a common problem that can waste hundreds of gallons of water, and drive up your water bill.
If your faucet is dripping:
A dripping faucet sounds like no big deal, but over time the cost adds up.
- Use a leak calculator to find out how much that drop may be costing you.
- If your problem persists after a simple washer or O ring replacement, let our expert plumbers diagnose the problem for you.
Emergency Shut Off Valves Not Working
The safety of your home and family is important to us, that’s why we recommend that you test your emergency shut off valves. Shutoff valves are how you shut off the water to your home, and they’re also how our repair technicians do it. If there’s an emergency, your safety depends on building components functioning properly. Accidents can happen, but without knowing where your water shutoff valves are located, the damages could be disastrous. It’s easy to take a few moments to locate where your valves are situated around your home, because that knowledge could save you thousands of dollars or even your life if you’re ever in an emergency situation.
Leaky pipes can be caused by a variety of problems, including:
- Stubborn clogs
- Incorrect pipe laying
- Pipe corrosion
- Pipe joint damage
- Cracked seals or cracked pipes
- Excessive water pressure
The longer you ignore leaky pipes, the more damage they can cause—both to your plumbing system and to your home itself. Leaky pipes are a huge hassle and can do major damage to your home, but you don’t have to suffer with a dripping, leaking faucet or rusty pipes any longer! We offer emergency plumbing services 24/7, so we’re always ready to fix your leaky pipe problems. Give us a call at 516-506-1695 for fast, professional repairs.
Most running toilets waste up to 200 gallons a day – that’s a lot of wasted water! Running toilets are created by a variety of factors including a worn out flapper seal or flush valve, corroded toilet handles and problems with refill tubes. Our plumbers can inspect, test, and repair all components of your toilet including, but not limited to the refill tube, worn out flapper seals or flush valves, flapper chains, and handles. It’s best to have these issues addressed as soon as possible before any serious damage is caused. Our staff has a wide range of experience and expertise, so you can count on them to correctly diagnose and solve any problem that may arise and get your toilet or plumbing fixtures back up and running in no time.
Leaking Hose bibs
A hose bib is a faucet located outside of your home. This specific type of faucet comes in two forms: an unprotected hose bib (which can be found near the edge of your basement or on the exterior of your home) or a protected hose bib, which is usually located about 6-8 inches below ground with just a round piece of metal that you can turn. A leaking hose bibb is very common in the spring and summer. After a long, cold winter, many hose bibbs that aren’t protected can crack and begin to leak. We advise our customers to invest in a frost-proof hose bibb, which can reduce the chances of having future leaks. If you have a hose bibb that is leaking, it’s probably time to consider a replacement before it becomes a major problem. The cost of a new hose bibb is less than the cost of an additional water bill. We can help you remove and replace your hose bibb, so you don’t have to deal with a leaky hose bibb again!
Slow or Clogged Drains
Problems with slow or clogged drains are common issues for residential buildings, which can cause health hazards and even plumbing disasters if they’re not addressed quickly! In general:
- One slow or clogged drains are common and can happen for a variety of reasons including build-up from soap, hair, grease, and other foreign objects. Routine drain cleaning is an ideal way to address these issues.
- Clogged drains are an all-too-common problem in most homes, but when you have multiple slow or clogged drains all at once, it may not just be a simple clog. Multiple sluggish drains are often caused by backed up sewage in your sewer line, a problem that will only get worse with time and can cause raw sewage to back up into your home.
We’ll assess your drainage problem to determine the best solution, including repair or replacement of your old pipes and drains.
Water Heater Repair
Hot water is a necessity in any home, and when your water heater can’t provide hot water, it’s a plumbing crisis. Usually water heater problems are caused by issues like:
- Failures of heating elements
- Buildup of corrosion or sediment in systems
- Electrical connections loosened or broken.
- Water heater not installed properly.
- The wrong size or type of system to meet the requirements of a house.
Sump Pump Failure
The causes of sump pump failure can include power outages, clogged discharge lines and improper installation. If your sump pump is experiencing a failure, the problem may be related to the unit or an external issue. Usually, failed sump pumps are caused by one of the following issues:
- Faulty Float Switch – The float switch is designed to assist the pump in turning on and off automatically. If the float switch is not working properly, it can cause the pump to work or not work enough.
- Clog in the Discharge Pipe – The discharge pipe allows water that has been pumped out of your sump pit to be redirected elsewhere. If there is a clog in this line, it can cause your sump pump to run more than it should be running, which could result in a failure.
- Unit Overheated – Another reason that sump pumps fail is from overheating if they are constantly running.
- Unit Not Re-Setting – Sometimes a sump pump will not automatically re-set after power goes out. This can happen if there was an electrical disturbance that caused damage or if the unit was unplugged while it was still running.
- Improper sump pump installation
- Aging, sump pumps about 10 years old may fail.
Low Water Pressure
Weak water pressure can make it difficult to use your plumbing system. Often, low water pressure is a symptom of bigger plumbing issues, such as:
- Pipe corrosion
- Hidden water leaks in your home
- Drain or sewer clogs
- Cracked or blocked sewer lines