The top five most annoying plumbing issues in our home. Some of the problems are small, and may only require a handyman or woman, while others need a professional plumbing contractor to make the fix. Below are the top 5 plumbing issues in the USA.
#1 Slow moving bathroom drains
And unless we all stop brushing our teeth washing our hands and combing our hair, this will be a constant, especially if you have teenagers using the same sink. Hair products along with soap scum can quickly build up causing our drains to back up.
#2 Dripping shower head or faucet
A dripping shower head or faucet is something we can fix ourselves. A compression gasket is usually the reason a leaking faucet.
- Simply remove the decorative cap on the faucet.
- You’ll see the screw, remove it and pull off the handle.
- Use a wrench to remove the packing nut.
- Now unscrew the stem, replace the seat washer held in place by the brass screw.
Keep in mind; you can purchase a brand new 2-handle bathroom chrome faucet for less than $30. Evaluate the cost of repair including your time if the compression gasket is bad, it’s probably an old faucet and may not be worth repairing. Here’s another piece of common sense, if you can fix a broken compression gasket you can certainly replace the old faucet with the new one.
#3 Leaking pipes
The problem with household leaks is they seem so harmless, and we put off making the fix to that leaky faucet, toilet flapper or hose bibb. The average household can waste about 10,000 gallons of water a year due to leaks. For most households that’s one month of water usage. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), ten percent of homes in America have water leaks and those leaks waste 90 gallons of water per day.
#4 No Hot Water
Our hot water only comes from one place, and that’s our water heater. Depending on the age of your water heater most water heaters don’t need to be replaced for ten to twelve years. Before you call your plumbing company, check to make sure pilot light is still on. Check for water around your water heater. If there is water around your water heater, it’s time to call your plumbing company. At Big B’s Plumbing, we make every effort to extend the life of your current water heater.
#5 Clogged Drain
Most clogs occur because of what we will put down our drains. Here are some things to keep in mind your toilet is not a trash can. Don’t allow paper towels, sanitary napkins, diapers cotton balls or any other bathroom trash down your toilet. Keep your garbage disposal free of grease or fat. Grease works like soap scum attaching itself to the pipelining collecting debris.