Top 5 Most Common Plumbing Problems

Plumbing is one of those things most homeowners, property owners, and multifamily property owners will likely have to deal with at one time or another. While it’s not always necessary to call on an emergency plumbing company, it’s comforting to know prompt, affordable assistance is available from J National should attention be necessary. As an established plumbing company in Dallas, TX, we have seen a variety of plumbing problems, including the following ones that tend to be experienced more than others.

1. Dripping Faucets

While dripping faucets may seem like a minor plumbing problem, persistent drips can lead to increased utility bills from wasted water and become progressively worse over time. In fact, a single dripping faucet may waste as much as 350 gallons of water per year. Most drips are corrected by replacing worn washers, although drips may also be due to other problems with a faucet’s internal features.

2. Leaky Pipes

Even in a city like Dallas where temperatures can reach 70 degrees in winter, leaky pipes can be a problem. Other than thawing and freezing cycles, leaks can be caused by aging or damaged pipes. Leaks often occur around joints, but special equipment may be needed to identify the source.

3. Low Water Pressure

Low water pressure is more likely to be an issue in older homes in Dallas, TX, but it can occur with any plumbing system. There are many possible reasons for low water pressure, including aerator screens on showerheads that may need to be cleaned or replaced and “hidden” leaks without any clear source. Additional causes may include:

  • Plumbing blockages
  • Corrosion inside of pipes
  • Failing pressure regulator (in homes that have this device)

4. Running Toilets

A constantly running toilet can waste up to 200 gallons of water each day. A common cause of a running toilet is a worn or damaged flapper that’s no longer sealing. A bad flapper can use also cause “phantom” or spontaneous flushes and water trickling into the bowl. Issues with the refill tube, float, and ballcock or inlet-valve assembly can also cause a toilet to frequently run.

5. Clogged/Slow Drains

Drains can become clogged or slow for a number of reasons, with common sources being accumulated grease and debris and items not meant to be flushed down drains. Over-the-counter drain cleaners should be avoided when drains are slow or clogged. Our plumbers will use a combination of proven detection methods and technology to identify and remove clogs. Possible signs of a problem with debris causing a drain to become slow include:

  • Drains that slowly empty, especially when a larger volume of water is being drained
  • Difficulty flushing toilets
  • Garage disposal not fully eliminating

If you need an emergency plumbing company to tackle any of these common problems or anything else that may demand immediate attention, we’re at your service. In addition to being a reliable plumbing company in Dallas, TX, J National is a fully licensed and insured general contractor specializing in multifamily and commercial properties. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.

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