The average American homeowner calls a professional plumber once every three years (usually when something has gone wrong). However, burst pipes and sewage backups are not the most common plumbing problems in Las Vegas homes. The most common problems tend to be much smaller, which is why many people feel comfortable ignoring them until they lead to something much larger.
The 5 Most Common Plumbing Problems
For Las Vegas plumbers, there is a range of day to day issues which frequently crop up. While many of these issues are small, they are often symptomatic of bigger, hidden issues and they can quickly snowball into larger problems if left unattended for too long.
1. Dripping Faucets
Dripping faucets are without a doubt the single most common plumbing problem in Nevada, but people don't really think of them as a problem! This annoying, wasteful issue can be caused by improper faucet installation or a worn-out washer or O ring. Of course, a dripping faucet is only really dangerous to your water bill, but it is also easily fixed which means there really isn't any reason to let it go on.
2. Running Toilets
Much like dripping faucets, running toilets primarily increases your water bill. A toilet, however, can waste 200 gallons per day (over $18 worth of water per month, on average) which makes a running toilet seriously bad for your bottom line. This is a fairly common problem which is usually caused by improperly sized or worn-out flapper chains, worn flush valves, corroded handles, or problems with the refill tube. These issues can be easily fixed by calling a reputable plumber.
3. Low Water Pressure
Low water pressure may seem like a run-of-the-mill nuisance, but it is commonly a sign that you have much bigger problems somewhere in your system. Most commonly low water pressure is caused by pipe corrosion and cracks, clogs in your drains or sewage line, or even hidden leaks in your home. So, if you notice a sudden change in your water pressure, don't wait - call your local plumber immediately!
4. Slow or Clogged Drains
Clogs and blockages are standard plumbing problems, and they can often be solved with a plunger or drain clearing solution. However, clogs can be a symptom of a bigger problem (and can cause bigger problems if left uncleared). One slow or clogged drain usually means that a problem is localized, so you can try routine cleaning to clear this issue. If, however, you have more than one clogged drain in your home, a sewage backup is one of the most likely causes and that is a huge red flag!
5. Water Heater Breakdowns
There are few problems quite as disruptive as water heater breakdowns. When you can't shower or wash up properly, everything gets a little more difficult. Breakdowns can be caused by corrosion or sediment buildup, element failures, improper installation, or loose electrical connections. Having the wrong size of system for your home can also cause a breakdown. Whatever the case, be sure to call your local Las Vegas plumbing company to get it repaired as soon as possible!
If you’re noticing any of these tell-tale signs in your home, don’t wait! Your best bet is to contact your local plumbing company to diagnose the issue. Give us a call at 702-766-9436 or contact us here for all your home plumbing needs!