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The Most Common Plumbing Issues in a Home

The Most Common Plumbing Issues in a Home

Kitchen Plumbing

Our households are as unique as we are. Some families are large, and some are small. Some homeowners cook meals at home every day, and others mostly eat out at restaurants or order food for delivery. Regardless of the differences in our lifestyles and family sizes and activities, there are some common issues we all face when it comes to the plumbing in our homes. In this blog, we’ll learn more about these problems, their signs and when it’s time to call in a professional.

Kitchen Plumbing Problems

Family Cooking In Kitchen

For families that cook and share meals together, the kitchen is an especially busy part of the house. This means that homeowners often encounter plumbing issues here. From washing hands and dishes to washing vegetables, the kitchen sink is often the star of the room, and its close friend, the garbage disposal, is not far behind. Kitchen plumbing problems can serve as a huge inconvenience for you and your family. Most importantly, however, if left unattended, these kitchen plumbing problems can be responsible for causing major damages in your home. It is important to prevent such damages from happening in order to avoid costly and time-consuming repairs. It is important to contact an expert plumber as soon as you notice the problem, in order to get the job done quickly, and correctly. A professional plumber will also help ensure that potential damages are prevented through the correct application of kitchen plumbing parts.

Common Kitchen Sink Plumbing Problems

Kitchen Sink Plumbing

Kitchen sink problems are the most common kitchen plumbing issues that families deal with. Below we have compiled a list of some of the most common kitchen sink plumbing problems.

Clogged Kitchen Sink

One common kitchen sink issue includes clogged drains caused by food and other organic waste builds up in the pipes. Clogged drains can then lead to slow drainage and leaky pipes. Your kitchen sink has a P-shaped trap that is designed in such a way as to prevent odors and sewer gases from getting into your home. When grease and other difficult substances enter the P-trap, they can eventually build up and block the P-trap entrance, causing your kitchen sink to clog. A plumbing professional will be able to fix this problem in no time.

Low Kitchen Sink Water Pressure

Low kitchen sink water pressure is another widespread and especially common kitchen sink plumbing problem. The common cause of this is usually a clogged aerator. A typical reason for a clogged aerator is the build-up of water minerals such as calcium, that travel through here. For the most part, a clogged aerator is an easy fix. As a matter of fact, this is something that you can try to fix on your own. All you have to do is detach the aerator and clean it using a brush that is dipped into vinegar - used as a safer bleach alternative. If the problem still persists, it is best to call a plumbing professional who can get this checked for you in no time.

Jammed Garbage Disposal

A jammed or malfunctioning garbage disposal is another common kitchen plumbing problem because items like bones, greasy meat and food, and utensils often find their way into it. Your kitchen's garbage disposal is not designed to handle such materials, as they can lead to a jam. To fix this problem, you could try running cold water down your kitchen drain for about 15-30 seconds.

Bathroom Plumbing Problems

Bathroom Sink Plumbing

Is The Bathroom the Most Used Room in the House? Even if your family does not cook a lot, everyone uses the bathroom. Whether showering, brushing teeth or using the toilet, the bathroom gets a lot of routine use each day of the year! Drain issues are prevalent in this room, especially in the tub or shower. Sticky films from shampoo and soap, plus hair can create buildup that leads to clogged pipes and slow draining. Low water pressure and water temperature problems are also common in the bathroom. Remember the scenes on TV where the person in the shower is exposed to extremely hot or extremely cold water when someone flushes the toilet?

Then there is the toilet, commode, oval office, porcelain throne or whichever term you prefer. The biggest plumbing issue with toilets is clogging. Human waste, toilet paper, and other flushable items can cause buildup over time that clogs your toilet. There are also items such as baby wipes/wet wipes, cotton balls, Q-tips and paper towels that end up flushed down the toilet, even though they are not flushable and should be tossed in the garbage. These unflushable items can lead to immediate clogging that even your plunger can’t fix.

Unseen Plumbing Issues in the Home

Plumbing problems in the kitchen and bathroom are usually very apparent. Backed up water pooling in the sink is clearly visible. The noise from something stuck in the garbage disposal can probably be heard through the halls in your home, and there is a familiar panic when you see the toilet water rise in the bowl instead of flushing down the right way. But sometimes the plumbing problems are not isolated to one room, and in many cases, this indicates a major issue with your sewer system. Here are some signs your sewer system needs repair:

  • Multiple drains in your home seem clogged or backed up

  • Your toilets are not flushing normally or functioning the way they should

  • Bubbles in the toilet when you flush or in the sink when water is draining

Instead of one symptom here or there, sewer system issues in a home are usually preceded by an orchestra of plumbing problems in multiple areas of the house. While you can see and hear each individual issue, you likely will not be able to see the underlying problem since the main arteries of the sewage system are located below the house.

Professional Plumbing Solutions

Each basic plumbing issue usually has a simple, temporary, DIY type of fix that a homeowner can manage. Clogged drains can be cleared using homemade concoctions that include vinegar and baking soda or by using a plumbers auger or store-bought snake. Hair can be removed using a simple tool ordered online, and we’ve all turned to the trusty plunger to relieve toilet clogs. The important thing to remember is that these are TEMPORARY solutions that do not fix the underlying problems.

If you find yourself running through the warehouse-sized pack of drain cleaner in a short period of time, or if you use the plunger as frequently as you use toilet paper, it’s time to call Parson’s Plumbing, LLC! Our friendly team has 60 years of combined experience to tackle all of your household plumbing issues, and we are available 24/7 for emergencies. We also offer a membership that saves you money and time and keeps your home’s plumbing system running efficiently all year long.

Contact us today for more information or to schedule an appointment.
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