Do you have leaky pipes or a toilet that won't stop running? Here are 5 of the most common problems plumbers see daily. 

Plumbing is an essential function of any modern home. It’s also one of the more complicated home repair projects to fix yourself. Slow drains, leaky faucets, and running toilets all seem like they can be fixed with a little elbow grease and parts from the hardware store. But how do you know when one of these minor problems needs the attention of a professional? Here are five of the most common plumbing issues, and here's how to determine if and when to call a plumber.

Water Heater

Your water heater is one of the forgotten and important appliances in your home. It helps keep your clothes and dishes clean and your shower hot. It’s important to inspect your water heater at least once a month, checking for leaks around the joints and bottom of the tank. If you find any leaks, call a plumber as soon as possible. Tiny leaks can quickly lead to a broken tank that can cause thousands of dollars in water damage.

Running Toilet

When a toilet starts to run, the most common response is to jiggle the handle until it stops. But running toilets don’t just wreak havoc on your nerves, they can also run up your water bill. If you’re moderately handy, you should be able to fix the toilet with a kit you can find at a local hardware store. If not, your local plumber will be happy to help you out.

Leaky Pipes

Do you find a puddle of water under the sink or in the basement? If it hasn't been raining inside your house, it's probably due to a leaky pipe. Some small leaks will build up over time until they progressively get worse while others could result in a property damaging gush of water. If you find a leak in your home, play it safe by turning off the water and calling the plumber.

Running faucet

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Low Water Pressure

Low water pressure used to be common in older homes, but it can also happen in a new home. If the low water pressure is limited to one faucet or shower, the problem is probably that fixture. If you are experiencing low pressure all over the house, it could be a valve or the pressure regulator. Testing and fixing valves and regulators are probably tasks that should be left to a professional plumber.

Slow or Clogged Drains

There’s nothing worse when you open a sink or shower drain and the water doesn’t go down. Most of the time these clogs can be fixed by using a plunger or a drain cleaner. If you have a drain that clogs frequently, it’s best to call a plumber and have them check it out. Continually using drain cleaning chemicals can damage your pipes and cause other problems.

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