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What Are the Most Common Plumbing Problems?

Monday, Jun 10th, 24

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SoCal Plumbing & Rooter is a trusted plumbing service provider in Southern California. We offer a wide range of plumbing services and specialize in resolving various plumbing problems promptly and efficiently.

This blog post aims to educate readers about the most common plumbing problems and how SoCal Plumbing & Rooter can help solve them. Remember, if your household is experiencing any of the common plumbing problems mentioned in this article or any other, give SoCal Plumbing & Rooter a call. Our experienced Orange County plumber will stop by your home and fix the problem once and for all.

Clogged Drains: Causes, Signs, and Solutions

If your sinks seem to always be clogged or the water in the shower seems to have nowhere to go, you are not alone. Clogged drains are one of the most prevalent plumbing problems everywhere. Here are some of the main reasons our plumbers have found to be the reason why this plumbing problem happens so frequently:

  • Hair
  • Soap residue or soap scum
  • Oil and grease
  • Food waste
  • Baby diapers and wipes
  • Cotton swabs
  • Feminine products
  • Objects that are flushed by accident
  • Excess toilet paper
  • Mineral build-up
  • Offset pipes

Many of these items clog the drain right away while others accumulate over time but, in any case, the result is the same: the pipe’s capacity is compromised by things that should not be there. The main solution to this problem is to always be mindful of what goes down your drains. Do not throw too many food scraps down your kitchen disposer, instruct everyone in your household to be careful of the amount of toilet paper they use, avoid throwing grease and fat from cooking directly into the drain, and use a paper towel to wipe down pans and pour grease into the garbage can.

Leaky Faucets and Pipes: Identifying Leaks, Consequences, and Repair Options

Leaky faucets and pipes imply a double-edged trouble. On the one hand, you do not want to have the consequences of a leak which can lead to mold growth and affect other areas of your home. On the other hand, hearing those gallons of water constantly running down your toilet or the leak in your sink that lets countless gallons run down the drain may make you uncomfortable knowing that this precious liquid is going to waste.

One of the reasons why you may be dealing with a faucet leak could be that there is a crack either in your sink or a bathtub. Cracks not only detract from the aesthetics of your bathroom but are also responsible for water leaks which can result in structural damage when not addressed promptly.

Another source of leaks can be worn-out appliance seals in dishwashers or washing machines. These seals perform an essential function ensuring that your appliances work as efficiently as they are designed to. A simple worn-out seal can let the water rush out and undermine the performance of your appliances while also causing mold growth wherever water accumulates.

Water Heater Issues: Common Problems, Troubleshooting, and Professional Assistance

Water heaters can also be a source of common plumbing difficulties. Problems may arise when there is no hot water or not enough hot water. This may signal a problem with a heating element, sediment that has built up, or a bad thermostat. If the water is too hot or too cold, you may have the wrong temperature setting, your thermostat might have stopped working or you may be dealing with a damaged dip tube. Other common water heater issues include:

  • Low water pressure
  • Dirty or rust-colored water
  • Leaks
  • Frozen water heaters
  • Heaters that make too much noise

Whenever you experience plumbing issues with your water heater, let the team at SoCal Plumbing & Rooter visit your home and solve the residential plumbing problem quickly and efficiently so you can go back to enjoying the hot water you love.

Toilet Troubles: Repairing Clogs, Leaks, and Running Toilets

Toilet troubles include slow-filling tanks, runny toilets, and clogged, noisy, or leaky toilets. A toilet that is constantly running is not only annoying to listen to or worrisome when you think about the gallons of water going to waste, but it may also be a sign of an issue with the fill tank. Sometimes, lifting the back of the toilet and repositioning the flap will do the trick and restore order and quiet. Other times, calling an experienced plumber is the best solution because the inside of the toilet might need to be replaced. You may need a new flapper, a new flush valve assembly, a new overflow tube, a new fill valve, or any other component. Give SoCal Plumbing & Rooter a call and we will quickly stop that annoying toilet leak or any other toilet issue.

Sewer Line Problems: Indications of Sewer Line Issues, Potential Hazards, And Professional Repairs

As a homeowner in Southern California, the mere thought of having sewer line problems might be enough to give you nightmares. Dealing with a sewer backup or other sewer line issues is not something that anyone can tackle. Calling a plumbing pro from SoCal Plumbing & Rooter will ensure that the problem is correctly diagnosed and, if dealt with in a timely manner, you can avoid having structural problems with your home.

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Being able to recognize when the problem is a sewer issue is essential. There are obvious problems such as when a pipe suddenly caves inward and creates a noticeable hole in your driveway or backyard. Other problems with your sewer line may occur when a tree root manages to find its way into the sewer, creating blockage and reducing drainage capacity. However, there is another slew of problems related to sewers that only a professional can properly correct. These may include, among others:

  • Pipe corrosion
  • Leaking pipe joints
  • A bellied sewer pipe
  • The smell of sewer gas
  • Sinkholes
  • Water backups

We can perform a thorough investigation into the problem and may recommend a sewer line replacement in some cases where a repair might result in unending problems in the future. Let us stop by your property and diagnose the issue. We will provide you with a no-obligation estimate and explain the alternatives to you.

Low Water Pressure: Causes and Solutions

One of the most frustrating experiences at home is finding that there is a problem with your water pressure. You may be seconds away from getting in the shower, attempting to rinse some dishes, or considering that last load of laundry when you realize there is not enough water pressure. To make things worse, you might be expecting company at any minute and know the toilet will not have enough water to flush properly.

If you are in a new home, talk to your neighbors to find out if you have an isolated problem or if this issue usually affects the entire community. If it is only at your home, call us and we can install a water pressure booster or we might check to see if the problem lies with a water pressure-reducing valve or maybe you have low pressure because the main shut-off valve is not open all the way.

Preventing Plumbing Problems: Maintenance Tips and Best Practices

Although some plumbing problems appear when you least expect them and there is nothing to do but call your preferred SoCal Plumbing & Rooter plumber to fix the issue, other plumbing scares might be avoided with some care on your part. Make it a point to inspect your toilets, sinks, appliances, and pipes frequently to spot any signs of damage, cracks, or incipient leaks. Keep an eye out for water bills that increase unexpectedly since this may be a sign of a leak that has not yet been detected. Let us install leak detectors that can pinpoint leaks and automatically shut off the water to minimize any potential damage. If you suspect a leak or start smelling mold in a certain area of the home, do not wait and let us come and take a look. We have the experience and the tools needed to locate and fix a leak that can cause damage to the home if left untreated.

SoCal Plumbing & Rooter’s Expertise in Handling Complex Plumbing Issues

There is a good reason why our customers trust SoCal Plumbing & Rooter in Southern California so much. That is because we understand how important having all plumbing in working order is to you and your family and we will never leave you with a problem half done. Our team has been trained to the highest standards in the industry and this means that we are prepared to tackle any plumbing issue with skill, knowledge, and the right tools.

Whether you are facing the simplest plumbing problem or the most complicated one, you can rest assured that any member of our team will assist you with any maintenance or emergency plumbing fix you might need and keep our number handy to be ready to call us whenever any residential or commercial plumbing challenges come up.