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8 of the Most Common Plumbing Problems

Plumbing issues are an inevitable part of being a homeowner. While aging fixtures and normal wear and tear on plumbing are some of the main problems that occur, how systems are used and maintenance is another cause for plumbing concerns.

At MRC Plumbing we see and fix all types of plumbing problems, here are some of the most common issues our experts come across and what is usually the cause.

1. Dripping Faucets

Wasteful, costly, and annoying dripping faucets is an issue many homeowners face. Dripping faucets is usually the victim of a worn-out O ring or washer which is easily replaced. On some occasions corrosion or even improper installation is the culprit and can be more difficult to repair.

If your faucet is dripping don’t wait it could be costing you more than you think. Call our expert plumbers to diagnose the problem and fix your faucet.

2. Leaking Pipes

There are many reasons why a pipe may begin leaking, including:

Incorrect pipe laying

Pipe Joint damage

Clogs

Pipe corrosion

Excessive water pressure

Cracked pipes

No matter the cause leaking pipes is an issue that needs to be fixed immediately to prevent further damage to your home. The longer leaking pipes are ignored the more damage they cause to your home and other areas of your plumbing.

3. Running Toilets

Fun fact, running toilets could waste up to 200 gallons of water per day! The main problems that can cause a running toilet are:

~Corroded toilet handles

~Improperly sized flapper chains

~Refill tube problems

~Worn out flapper seals

4. Low Water Pressure

One of the many challenges of a plumbing system is low water pressure. Having low water pressure can make using any plumbing system in your home difficult. Often low water pressure is the symptom of a much larger issue including;

~ Water leaks in your home

~Cracked sewer lines

~Drain or sewer clogs

5. Leaking Hose Spigot

After a long, cold winter, many hose spigots can begin to crack and leak, a frost-proof hose spigot is the best way to reduce the chances of having hose spigot leaks.

6. Slow or Clogged Drains

Having slow or clogged drains can cause health hazards and need to be addressed quickly before further plumbing damage and health concerns.

~ One clogged drain in a home generally means the problem is localized to one area of the plumbing system and can be easily addressed. Clogged drains can be a result of excess soap, hair, or other foreign objects have built up over time and a proper drain cleaning is needed.

~Multiple slow or clogged drains can be the result of sewer line problems. It is important to call an expert plumbing immediately if you start noticing multiple clogged drains in your home. 

7. Sump Pump Failure

Some of the causes of a sump failure are:

~Aging sump pumps usually around 10 years of age

~Stuck switches

~Clogged discharge pipes

~Heavy rain causing an overwhelming amount of water

~Improper installation

When you notice sump pump failure call an expert plumber to diagnose the problem and get your sump pump fixed before further damage can be caused.

8. Water Heater Problems

Hot water is essential to every home so when water heaters are not providing enough hot water it can be a dilemma. Water heaters can fail from problems including:

~The wrong size system to support the home

~Loose or broken electrical connections

~Improper installation

~Corrosion or sediment build up

~Heating element failure

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