What Are The Most Common Plumbing Problems?

February 4, 2021
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When it comes to plumbing problems, there are some problems that can be completely unusual and unexpected. For the most part, though, the plumbers at Jeffries Heating & Air + Plumbing have seen pretty much everything that you can see. In particular, there are certain plumbing problems that they see over and over. If you understand these problems, it’s much more likely that you’ll be prepared to work to prevent these problems from happening in your Somerset home.

Clogged Drain

Clogged drains, whether it’s a toilet drain, a sink drain, or a tub drain, tend to have just a few causes. When dealing with a clogged drain, it’s important to avoid liquid drain cleaners if you can, especially if you live in an older home. That’s because liquid drain cleaners can cause significant damage to your pipes, making the problem worse than what you started with. To avoid clogged drains, try to limit what you put down the drains in your home and maximize what you put in the trash or the compost pile.

Lack of Hot Water

If you don’t have enough hot water to do dishes or take a shower, it can be a frustrating problem to have. Sometimes, the cause is something as simple as the temperature knob on the water heater being set improperly. However, another common cause of this problem is that your water heater is getting older and needs to be replaced by Jeffries Heating & Air + Plumbing. Before you replace your water heater, though, you can try draining it to remove some of the sediment that collects in the tank.

Leaking Plumbing Fixture

Even a slow leak from a plumbing fixture in your home can cost you a lot of money on high water bills. That’s why a leak is nothing to mess around with. Fortunately, leaks from plumbing fixtures are fairly easy to fix. Usually, you just need to replace a smaller component within the fixture to get the leak to stop. In some cases, you may need to replace the entire fixture to ensure that you don’t have this problem in the future.

Toilet That Keeps Running

A toilet that won’t stop running can keep you up at night with its excessive noise. Plus, a running toilet can go through a lot of water that you’ll have to pay for. The good news is that the mechanical components of most toilets are quite simple. The most common cause of an always-running toilet is a worn-out flapper. This is the component that keeps water in the tank when the toilet is not in use.

If the flapper can’t create a watertight seal, your tank will leak water into the bowl until the water level is low enough that the fill valve adds water to the tank. Although toilet repairs are fairly straightforward, if you’re not comfortable doing them yourself, you can always call in the assistance of Jeffries Heating & Air + Plumbing.

Problems With Sewer Pipe

Since sewer pipes are buried underground, they are exposed to a variety of threats that could cause major problems. Tree roots are one of the most serious threats since they can grow through the exterior of a sewer pipe, causing major leaks. If you notice sewage backing up into your yard, it’s important to call Jeffries Heating & Air + Plumbing as soon as you can. The good news is that modern trenchless sewer repair techniques make even this complex task fairly quick and easy.

Low Water Pressure

If your home is lacking water pressure, there are several possible causes that you’ll need to look into. For low water pressure at a specific fixture, try checking for a blockage in the aerator. If it’s a whole-house problem, you may have corrosion in the main supply line that will need the attention of Jeffries Heating & Air + Plumbing. It’s also possible that you could have an issue with the main shutoff valve that controls the flow of water into your home.

We’ve Got It Under Control

Whether your plumbing problem is big or small, we can take care of you at Jeffries Heating & Air + Plumbing. Along with drain cleaning and plumbing fixture repair, we offer repair, installation, and maintenance services for furnaces and air conditioners. Rated A+ by the Better Business Bureau and screened and approved by HomeAdvisor, you can be confident in the services that we provide. To learn more about fixing and protecting against common plumbing problems, feel free to contact us at Jeffries Heating & Air + Plumbing today.

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