The 7 Most Common Plumbing Problems

The 7 Most Common Plumbing Problems

Plumbing problems

Whether you dream of becoming a professional plumber or would simply like to improve your skills so you become handier around the home, a great place to start is understanding the most common plumbing problems and how to fix them.

From dripping taps to leaking pipes, here are just a few of the most common water woes you may come across:


1. No Warm Water

Every plumber will be familiar with the complaint that there’s no hot water. This can be extremely inconvenient, especially during winter months, so getting it fixed asap is often a key concern.

A lack of heat can be attributed to a number of issues, therefore a number of checks will need to be made before a fix can be made. This may include anything from checking the supply is on and there isn’t a timer to monitoring boiler pressure and analysing the electrical supply.


2. Constantly Running Toilet

Sometimes, you flush the toilet and the water continues to run. This is easy to fix once you’ve diagnosed the issue. The most likely cause? Overflow tube issues, a poorly positioned float or a faulty flapper.


3. Poor Water Pressure

There are many factors why your water pressure may be different from property to property, however, a sudden change in pressure could be an indicator of an unknown leak or a clogged pipe.


4. Blocked Drains

Wet wipes, condoms, cotton balls, paper towels, cigarette butts – these are all things you may think are ok to flush down the loo, but are actually main offenders when it comes to blockages. If there’s a blocked drain, this is likely the cause.

Other causes could include a build-up of fat or oil, hair or leaves.


5. A Dripping Tap

The drip, drip, drip of a leaking tap can be extremely annoying and can waste a lot of water over time. This is most likely due to a degraded or damaged washer, but could be an issue with the valve seating. Either way, this should be a relatively quick fix.


6. Sump Pump Problems

Sump pumps may be designed to remove water and moisture from basements, but during prolonged periods of rain they can become overwhelmed and fail. There are a few basic checks that can be made, but in most cases a direct swap will be required.


7. Leaky Pipes

Last but not least is coming across a damp patch or puddle – a key sign of a leak. Locating a leak can be tricky – especially as most pipes are concealed in walls, floors or ceilings – but following the flow of water backwards is the general rule. Hint: leaks are commonly found at pipe joints.


Improve Your Plumbing Knowledge

Okay, so admittedly we didn’t go into too much detail about how to fix these common plumbing problems in this blog post.

For detailed training on how to mend these, plus install plumbing, sign up to one of our plumbing courses.

Successful plumbing students

Train to become a plumber today or read more from our blog:

How to Become Gas Safe Registered

10 Top Plumbing Safety Tips

Plumber or Heating Engineer: What’s the Difference?

Get in touch to learn more about our training courses!

First Name *
Surname *
Telephone Number *
E-mail address *
Ask A Question *
Security Character Security Character Security Character Security Character Security Character Security Character
Enter Letters (No Spaces) *