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5 Common Issues with Household Plumbing

Plumbing issues are inevitable for most homeowners, and they usually seem to come at the most inconvenient times! There are many plumbing issues that could arise in your home, but some are much more common than others. Let’s look at the top five plumbing complaints, what causes them, and how to resolve them.

5 Common Issues with Household Plumbing

Leaking Pipes

Leaking pipes can cause a huge mess in your home. A burst or heavily leaking pipe can do damage to your ceiling, walls, flooring, and even structural damage if left unresolved. A leaking pipe can result in a slow trickle that seeps into the walls, while also lowering the water pressure. Leaking pipes could be a result of corrosion, rust, or a faulty pipe connector. No matter the cause or severity of the leak, it’s a wise idea to have a plumber come take a look and repair whatever is causing the problem.


Clogged drains or toilets are probably the most common plumbing issue homeowners encounter. It doesn’t take much, whether it is a clogged toilet from those “flushable” wipes, or a clogged shower drain from hair and soap going down it, clogs are a pain. Fortunately minor clogs can usually be resolved with a drain clearing product. In some cases however, if that doesn’t work a snake may be necessary to clear the line. If you’ve used over the counter products and still have a clog, or a slow drain, contact a plumber to come take a look.

Low Water Pressure

Low water pressure can be an infuriating problem to have, especially if you use a lot of water daily. Maybe it takes forever to rinse your hair in the shower because of a lack of pressure. Or maybe it takes forever for your tub to fill because the water comes out so slow. Water pressure issues could be a result of a leak, as mentioned above, or could be a result of the pressure of the water coming into the house. If you are having water pressure issues, contact a plumber to find out where the issue is stemming from, and to get some possible solutions.

Faulty Sump Pump

Having a sump pump that doesn’t kick on when it should is another common household plumbing problem. Sump pumps are designed to turn on when water is detected, to prevent water from backing up into your home. There are many things that could cause a sump pump not to turn on, from dysfunctional meters and switches, to a loss of power to the pump. No matter what the reason your pump isn’t turning on, it’s a wise idea to have someone take a look at it.

Overactive Sump Pump

In addition to sump pumps failing, we see a lot of sump pumps that run when they don’t need to. An overactive sump pump can be just as troublesome as an underactive one. If a sensor or gauge is not functioning, the sump pump may continue to run when it doesn’t need to. This could result in the premature failure of your pump.

While plumbing problems can be a real pain for homeowners, many of them are common and can easily be remedied by an experienced plumber. If you have any of these common plumbing problems in your home, call us at Michael Runk Plumbing and Heating today for our plumbing and sump pump repair services. Our team would be happy to help diagnose and correct your problem as quickly as possible.

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