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As a homeowner, understanding the intricacies of your plumbing system is crucial for maintaining a functional and comfortable living space.

While plumbing problems can vary in severity and complexity, there are several common issues that many homeowners encounter at some point.

In this blog post, we’ll explore ten of these common plumbing issues, discussing their causes, symptoms, and potential solutions.

Leaky Faucets

Leaky faucets are not only annoying but can also waste a significant amount of water over time. Typically caused by worn-out seals or O-rings, leaky faucets can often be fixed by replacing these components. Ignoring a leaky faucet can lead to increased water bills and potential damage to fixtures.

Clogged Drains

Whether it’s in the kitchen sink, bathroom sink, or shower, clogged drains are a common nuisance in many households. Hair, soap scum, food particles, and grease are among the most common culprits. Regular drain maintenance, such as using drain guards and periodically flushing drains with hot water and vinegar, can help prevent clogs.

Running Toilet

A running toilet can waste a surprising amount of water and significantly impact your water bill. This issue is often caused by a faulty flapper valve or a malfunctioning fill valve. Replacing these components or adjusting the water level in the tank can usually resolve the problem.

Low Water Pressure

Weak water pressure can make simple tasks like showering and washing dishes frustrating. Low water pressure can result from various factors, including mineral buildup in pipes, hidden leaks, or issues with the municipal water supply. Identifying the root cause may require the expertise of a professional plumber.

Water Heater Issues

From strange noises to lukewarm water, water heater problems can disrupt your daily routine. Sediment buildup, faulty heating elements, or a malfunctioning thermostat are common causes of water heater issues. Regular maintenance, such as flushing the tank annually, can help prevent problems and extend the lifespan of your water heater.

Frozen Pipes

In colder climates, frozen pipes pose a significant risk during the winter months. When water freezes inside pipes, it can cause them to burst, leading to costly water damage. Insulating exposed pipes and allowing faucets to drip during freezing temperatures can help prevent freezing.

Sump Pump Failure

A malfunctioning sump pump can result in basement flooding, especially during heavy rainfall or snowmelt. Common causes of sump pump failure include power outages, clogged discharge pipes, or a faulty float switch. Regular testing and maintenance of your sump pump are essential for ensuring it functions properly when needed.

Pipe Leaks

Whether it’s a minor drip or a major burst, pipe leaks can cause water damage to your home’s structure and belongings. Corrosion, high water pressure, and shifting foundations are common causes of pipe leaks. Promptly addressing leaks and repairing damaged pipes can prevent further complications.

Backed-Up Sewer Line

A sewer line backup is a serious plumbing issue that requires immediate attention. Symptoms may include foul odours, gurgling noises from drains, and sewage backups in toilets or sinks. Tree root intrusion, clogs from debris or grease, and structural defects are common causes of sewer line backups.

Water Quality Issues

Poor water quality can affect not only your plumbing system but also your health and well-being. Common water quality issues include hard water, which can lead to mineral buildup in pipes and appliances and contaminants such as bacteria or sediment. Installing water filtration systems or water softeners can improve water quality and protect your plumbing system.

In conclusion, being aware of these ten common plumbing issues can help homeowners identify and address problems before they escalate into costly repairs or water damage. While some issues can be resolved with DIY solutions, others may require the expertise of a professional plumber. Regular maintenance and proactive measures are key to keeping your plumbing system in top condition and ensuring the comfort and safety of your home.

If you have any questions or are in need of further advice, just call a member of the EVO Plumbing and Heating team who will be happy to help.

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Hot water tank replacement


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