The Basics of Home Plumbing Problems and How To Avoid Them

A home is not always an easy thing to manage. With all the different areas and items to keep track of, it’s no surprise that a few of them slip through our notice, only being remembered when problems start. Waiting for this to happen can often lead to some very expensive repair expenses. 

One area that people tend to forget is their plumbing. After all, the maze of pipes that work their way through your home isn’t the most obvious thing. Unfortunately, damage along any pipe (even small cracks) almost always leads to a very expensive bill in the long run. 

Generally speaking, home plumbing problems can be classified either as common problems or urgent. This simply means that some problems are not as terrible as they might seem, while others will need immediate attention. 

With all that out of the way, let’s start by taking a look at the three most common problems people usually get at home. Take note because as long as you remember what you need to, these points can help you avoid ever facing these problems at home. 

No Hot Water

This problem is one that can bother just about anyone. Imagine going for a comfortable shower after a long day only to be faced with the prospect of having to take an ice-cold bath. Fortunately, this issue can be easily solved. 

Problems here will usually be caused by either the thermostat or the waterline. In both cases, a quick call with the plumbing company should solve your problem. 

Faucet Leaks

If you had ever gone to wash your hands and found a suspicious puddle under your faucet, chances are you’re looking at the start of a leaky faucet. In worse cases, the faucet will continuously leak, wasting water and needlessly increasing your water bill.

Luckily, chances are that the problem is either a worn cartridge or your faucet’s gasket/o-ring. Likewise, a call to the plumbing company can quickly fix this. 

Slow Drainage 

Shower drains are notorious for causing many a headache. Simply put, this is bound to happen as soap and loose hair collects in and under your drain, preventing the efficient flow of water. An easy fix for this would be to use a drain snake or a similar tool. Others resort to using chemicals as well, at least to make the process easier. Alternatively, you can also call a plumbing company to help you out. 

Urgent Plumbing Problems

Unfortunately, there may come a time when the problem we face is more urgent than a simple plumbing issue. Examples of urgent issues are:

Sewage Back Up

The urgency of this problem is twofold. On the one hand, your home is incapable of disposing of the wastewater—on the other, you are facing serious health risks by letting the backed-up sewage linger for any longer than it has to.

Cracked or Broken Pipes

The problem with cracked pipes is that, more often than not, they will only be noticed once the extent of the damage is far enough to be urgent. That means that the minute you notice damaged piping, replacing them should be of the highest priority.


The whole point we’re trying to make is that plumbing problems are generally straightforward—the only challenge is in making timely decisions. That’s easily remedied, as all it takes is an attentive homeowner. Keeping track of your home’s maintenance schedule should also make your job a little easier. 

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