Gloved hands using a plunger on a clogged sink (a common residential plumbing issue).

There are some things we get called to fix over and over again. If you are a homeowner, you’re likely to encounter at least a few of these common residential plumbing issues.

Clogged Drains & Toilets

The problem: One of the most pervasive plumbing issues is a stubbornly clogged drain or toilet. Over time, debris, hair, soap scum, and other foreign objects can accumulate in your pipes, leading to slow drainage or complete blockage. While store-bought drain cleaners may seem to provide a quick fix, they contain harsh chemicals that will damage your pipes over time.

The solution: Invest in a good plunger and reach for it anytime you have a minor clog. For more stubborn blockages, it’s a good idea to call the professionals at JJ&A Mechanical. Regular preventive measures, like using drain strainers and being mindful of what goes down the drain, can also go a long way in preventing clogs.

Toilet Keeps Running

The problem: The constant sound of a running toilet is not only annoying, it’s also wasteful. A running toilet can significantly increase your water bill over time. This common issue is often caused by a faulty flapper or fill valve in the tank.

The solution: Lift the tank lid and check if the flapper is sealing properly. If not, it may need to be adjusted or replaced. You should also inspect the fill valve for any signs of wear or malfunction. Replacing these components is a relatively simple and cost-effective fix.

Low Water Pressure

The problem: Few things are more frustrating than weak water pressure when you’re trying to take a shower or wash dishes. Low water pressure can result from various issues, including sediment buildup in pipes, a partially closed shut-off valve, or a malfunctioning pressure regulator.

The solution: Start by cleaning your showerhead and faucet aerators, as sediment can accumulate there. If the problem persists, check the shut-off valve near the water meter and make sure it’s fully open.

Leaky Faucets

The problem: A dripping faucet can waste a significant amount of water and, if left unchecked, can lead to major issues down the road. The most common cause of a leaky faucet is a worn-out washer, though other internal components may also contribute to the issue.

The solution: Turn off the water supply to the faucet and disassemble it to inspect the washer. Replace any worn-out components and reassemble the faucet. If you’re not confident in your DIY skills, don’t hesitate to call a plumber at JJ&A for assistance.

Water Won’t Heat Up
The problem: When your hot water taps only give you cold water, it might be a sign of trouble with your water heater. This issue can stem from a malfunctioning thermostat, a faulty heating element, or a buildup of sediment in the storage tank.

The other possibility is that the cartridge in your faucet and/or shower may be failing. This will cause the improper mixing of hot and cold water, resulting in your faucet or shower water not getting hot enough.

The solution: Start by checking the thermostat settings on your water heater. If everything seems in order, it might be a heating element issue or sediment buildup. Flushing the tank periodically can help prevent sediment accumulation. If the problem persists, have a professional inspect the water heater and determine the best solution.

If it is an issue with your faucet or shower cartridge, you will need to contact a plumber to troubleshoot and fix the problem.

Whatever your plumbing issue is, our team at JJ&A mechanical has got the solution! Get in touch today for all your plumbing repair, maintenance, and installation needs. We take pride in providing our customers with honest, quality workmanship and custom solutions.