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Common Plumbing Issues And How To Fix Them

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Common Plumbing Issues And How To Fix Them

The home plumbing system is a complex ecosystem composed of many functional parts all working together to enhance the functionality of the whole system. This means that the functionality of the entire plumbing system relies on the excellent performance of individual plumbing components in the system, which includes all the installed plumbing fixtures and appliances. Naturally, installed plumbing components fail or malfunction from time to time. This maybe due to quality constraints, tear and water issues, or various systemic problems. Whichever the cause of these faults, you should always be prepared to fix them, immediately before they cause any serious problems to your home. The following are some of the most common plumbing issues and we have included some simple solutions that can be implemented before calling a professional plumber.


Clogged Drains


Clogged drains are some of the most prevalent plumbing problems in any building. Plumbing drains refer to the outflow, drainage or sewer system that leads waste water and other waste products away from the house. These drains usually get clogged due to flow blockages caused by insoluble waste, such as greases and oils, tough fibers, and various insoluble solid items, in the waste water. With time, the insoluble waste builds up inside the drainage pipes and blocks the flow of the waste water inside the drainage piping system. This causes drain and sewer system backups where waste water flows backwards into your house instead of outwards. There are several ways of clearing clogged drains in your home. The first remedy is to use a toilet plunger to unblock clogged sinks and toilets. You can also pour hot water into the drainage system to melt trapped greases and oils thereby unblocking the drains. Alternatively, you can use degreasers and other store-bought unclogging detergents to flush out your drainage system. If all these DIY solutions fail, call a professional plumber in your locality.


Leaks are the other most common plumbing problems in a typical house. Leaks usually occur in the piping network that supplies water and gaseous products into your home and also ion the piping system that drains out waste from the house. As you can easily surmise, plumbing leaks can either occur in water pipes or in gas lines. Leaks usually occur in pipe joints or along a cracked pipe. A temporary solution to this problem is to apply commercial fillers or to install cover fittings on the leaking pipe surface. A more permanent and recommendable solution is to call a professional plumber who specializes in DC plumbing repairs to either seal or replace the broken pipe. Dripping taps or faucets are another type of leaking problem. These leaks also occur in faulty tap joints and you can fix them yourself by replacing the joint although it’s always recommendable that your consult a licensed plumber for the task.

Low Water Pressure

Low water pressure is another common problem in any home plumbing system. This problem can be caused by one or several factors including limestone buildup in the piping system, leaky pipe joints, corrosion, or malfunctioning fixtures. You can use a de-scaling solution to clear out any limestone buildup and you can have any fixture replaced to solve the problem.

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