Common Plumbing Problems And How To Avoid Them

As a homeowner, you understand that maintenance never ends. You should keep an eye on how everything functions, especially your plumbing if you want to completely keep up with all the working components in your home. The thought of unexpected costs and headaches of having to call in a plumber for an emergency can make for a bad day gone worse. 

The Consumer Council for Water(CCW) estimated that the water industry in the UK loses approximately 3.1 billion litres of water every day due to unanticipated leakages. Unchecked plumbing problems can really hurt your wallet and haunt you when you need water the most. Turning on the shower and not getting hot water is dreadful.   

Of course, you can’t possibly dodge all instances, but some you can certainly avoid. Some of those issues are simple enough to DIY without much difficulty, while others come with some potential dangers and are better off left to the professionals.

The plumbing system in your home could be a costly area when repairs are needed. This article will acquaint you with the common plumbing problems and solutions so that you know when to grab your tool belt and when to call the plumber. 

Clogged Drains And Toilets

You can spot clogged drains when you see water backing up as you empty a sink or take a shower. For a toilet clog, the signs are often more immediate. Instead of flushing normally, the water backs up in the toilet bowl and may even overflow.

Slow or clogged drains occur when something blocks the drain partially or completely. In sinks and showers, hair is the most common culprit. Other items, such as a shampoo lid or a small toy, may also enter the drain and block it. For toilets, the problem often comes when something other than dissolvable waste enters the toilet bowl and gets flushed. Those solid items cannot move through the pipe, so they stay put, making it difficult or impossible for water to flow past the blockage and down the pipes.

How To Fix And Avoid

You can start with a plunger to help remove the clog. A plunger works to suction blockages on both toilets and drains. Home improvement stores also sell plumbing snakes that can dislodge blockages to get the water flowing again.

To prevent toilet clogs, only flush dissolvable waste products down the toilet. Also, watch kids closely so they don’t flush toys or other large items down the toilet. If something accidentally falls into the toilet, get it out instead of trying to flush it. In showers, use a hair catcher over the drain so loose strands don’t collect inside the drain pipe. Try to keep loose strands of hair out of sinks to prevent clogging.

Leaky Pipes And Faucet Problems

Faucets that drip or have a continuous leak are a waste of water and money.  Leaking faucets are easy to spot since the water physically drips out of the faucet when it is in the off position.

If your pipes are leaking, the most likely location is at a joint. Leaks may occur due to deterioration, shifting, or high water pressure.

Leaking pipes could eventually lead to more expensive plumbing problems in the future, including moisture and flood damage. In the short term, they could up your bill significantly. According to WaterIntelligence, a dripping pipe will waste 680 litres a month. Imagine what that does to your water bill! 

How to Avoid

Your pipes require regular inspection and maintenance, especially before the beginning of the winter season. Leaky pipes are difficult to prevent, but you can spot the problem early with regular inspection.

Regularly be on the lookout for moisture or small drips. Natural wear from regular use is often difficult to avoid. Over time, leaking faucets are bound to happen. You can slow that wear by turning faucets on and off slowly and avoiding excessive pressure on the handles. 

Water Heater Quits

Finding out your water heater isn’t working is a rude awakening. Unless your home is hot inside, cold water showers definitely won’t be a fun activity. According to HomeGuides, a water heater should last at least 8-13 years, but that lifespan can be cut short if you’re not careful.

Dripping water, water puddles, and noises coming from the water heater unit indicate a problem. In some cases, you can troubleshoot the issues yourself, but many water heater issues and repairs require professional help due to the complexity and the potential danger. Leaks and mineral deposits are the most common causes of water heater problems. 

How to Avoid

Maintaining your water heater helps it run efficiently to prevent problems. Regularly check the pressure valve and always remember to lush the tank periodically to remove sediment and deposits. Also, look around the tank occasionally to identify drips and leaks that could indicate a bigger problem.

Low Water Pressure

Probably the most annoying problem in most homes is low pressure. Having weak water pressure makes washing dishes a pain and sabotages enjoyable shower experiences.

Loss of pressure happens if a pipe is leaking within your home. Another possible reason for low pressure is the build-up of minerals and other deposits either in the pipes, faucet aerators, and showerheads

Low water pressure can come on suddenly or slowly get worse over time, depending on the cause. Whatever the cause, resolving the issue is a priority to get back to normal water use.

How to Avoid

Sometimes the low pressure can correct itself with a new shower head or faucet. For all other cases, low water pressure may need correcting at the valve or pipe levels. If you do have a leak that you don’t know about, this could be a red flag to take note of.

Install a filtration system to keep minerals out of your pipes to avoid future build-up and corrosion. Check pipes regularly to find and repair leaks early.

For the average person, plumbing is a tricky job. Most people don’t like getting wet to fix their problems. There are a few fixes you can do without making things worse, though.

If you are going to attempt any DIY fixes, make sure you do the following:

  • Shut off the main water supply before you do anything.
  • Buy the proper tools and parts–don’t be cheap!
  • Don’t wear anything you don’t want stained.
  • You can contact a plumber from FS Drainage for advice if you don’t understand something.

Having a trustworthy local plumber on speed dial is ideal. Plumbing issues usually hit you when you least expect them. If you ever run into a problem with water overflowing, you want someone fast, experienced, and fair. FS Drainage has you covered with the wide scope of services that we offer to cater for all your plumbing needs.

How FS Drainage Can Help 

Ensuring your plumbing is working effortlessly is a crucial element of your autumn home maintenance checklist. 

From drainage unblocking to CCTV surveys, FS drainage are on hand to help. Contact our friendly team today on 0800 689 3497 or

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