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Common Plumbing Repairs

Plumbing issues are a problem every homeowner faces at some point. While a call to a plumber is one that nobody wants to make, it’s often necessary to quickly remedy your plumbing issues. Contrary to the common misconception, calling a plumber is often the most cost-effective solution because it saves you from the time, mistakes, and oversights of trying to fix the problem yourself.

Here are seven of the most common plumbing repairs that every homeowner should be aware of.

Dripping Faucets


It’s one of the easiest plumbing repairs to ignore, until the drip becomes so incessant that it starts to get on your nerves. By that time, you’ve already wasted countless gallons of water and padded the total of your utility bill.

Sometimes the cause of a leaky faucet is simple, other times it’s more complicated. A skilled plumber can easily tell the difference.

Clogged Drains


We’ve all been there. You’re taking a shower or running water in the kitchen, and the water keeps rising instead of draining. Clogged drains in the kitchen or bathroom are one of the most common plumbing repairs.

While a clogged drain isn’t necessarily an emergency, homeowners should use caution when trying to fix a clogged drain themselves, especially when it comes to clog releasing chemicals. Not only can chemical waste seep into the ground, they can also erode certain types of pipes and lines.

Running Toilets


A toilet that is constantly running is a waste of water and your money. A leaky toilet can waste up to 200 gallons of water a day. If it continues, that’s 6000 gallons a month and a significant rise in your utility bill.

There are several reasons why a toilet might leak. A skilled plumber can identify the cause quickly, saving you time, money and water.

Leaky Pipes


Leaky pipes can result in extensive damage to your home that’s expensive to repair. When pipes start to leak, it’s most often at weakened joints. Signs of leaky pipes include damp spots on the ground or ceiling. If you notice these signs, contact a plumber immediately before a larger problem presents itself.

Low Water Pressure


Low water pressure in your home could be something as simple as needing to replace a faucet head, aerator screen or shower head. There could also be a much bigger issue behind the lack of pressure, such as corrosion or a major water leak.

Sump Pump Issues


Springtime is prime season for flooded basements and sump pump issues. Excessive rain from spring and early summer storms can cause sump pumps to fail. Other common reasons your sump pump might not be working include clogged or frozen discharge lines, power failure and lack of maintenance.

An ounce of preventative maintenance with your sump pump can save you from spending lots of money on costly repairs later down the road.

Sewer System Backup


A sewer system backup is a plumbing disaster no homeowner ever wants to experience, but unfortunately, it does happen, and everyone is equally at risk. Sewer backups are unpleasant and costly. Signs to look for include multiple clogged drains, unpleasant odors, water pooling around floor drains and gurgling sound coming from toilets.

When you’re experiencing a plumbing issue, don’t hesitate in seeking advice and help with the repairs. Plumbing repairs can start small and quickly escalate without the proper tools and experience to fix them fast and properly. Contact GPS Plumbing, Inc. at the first sign of a plumbing issue.

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