Common Problems in Plumbing

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Common Problems in Plumbing

Common Problems in Plumbing

Working in plumbing, you get to notice particular patterns, and the most common problems that tend to occur when you’re called out for help. Although plumbing as a whole covers an entire catalogue of problems and things that need repairing, there are certainly issues that occur much more than others. It’s not just about which problems pop up most, either, as it’s important to understand things that you should seek help or more urgently than others, as they will eventually cause the most significant damage to your home.

We wanted to highlight some of these things and explain how you can notice when the problem begins, and why you must always contact a professional plumber for help.

The most common problems

As we mentioned, there is really no end to the different kinds of problems that we are faced with within plumbing. However, we thought it would be beneficial for you if we focused on some of the most common issues and how you know if this is something happening within your own home.



We’ve all had a leak before, right? Typically one of the more obvious plumbing problems to notice, leaks can seem as though they’re starting off quite small, but they can cause some serious damage if not seen to quickly. It is definitely better to spot leaks and get them sorted out sooner rather than later. They can occur at any time, and pretty much in any place, however they tend to be most common during the winter months as this is when temperatures drop and the pipes become a lot colder and can actually freeze. The longer a leak goes untreated, the more and more severe damage it can do to your household, which of course then drums up a much higher cost in repairs.

Dripping taps

Realistically, we are often guilty of noticing that a tap in the house is dripping, but we don’t usually think anything of it. This is understandable, as sometimes it is simply caused by the tap not being switched off properly, however it can sometimes be a genuine problem somewhere in the system. Although nothing too major and a job that is quite easily done, if you leave this problem too long, it can have a knock on effect long term. For example, it just wastes water the longer it drips, and this can of course increase your monthly bills as more water is being used.


Issues with the water pressure

As homes get older, water pressure does tend to lower – it’s pretty normal. This can be caused by several things, such as leakages somewhere in the system. However, sometimes it’s just simply because the system is old and perhaps needs updating or parts of it replacing and fixing. In the grand scheme of things, this isn’t really a huge problem, but for your own benefit it could be useful to have a plumber look at it and see how things could be improved.


Blocked drains

This is a very common issue, one of our most common in fact. Unless regularly cleaned out, it is natural for pipes and drains to gather rubbish, and as this builds and builds, it can ultimately result in blockages. Like a lot of thing in plumbing, the longer this is left, the worse it gets, and in this case, it can result in a burst pipe. If it gets to this stage, it can be quite a big plumbing job, as well as an expensive one, too!

Sorting the problem straight away

The main message throughout this blog is that no matter what problem you have, it’s always best to contact a plumber straight away before more damage is caused. Seeking professional help as soon as you notice something is wrong can really make a huge difference and prevent the issue from spreading and ultimately costing more to repair further down the line. Not only this, it ensures a safe home for you.

If you’re faced with any problems, whether it’s one we’ve mentioned above or something entirely different, we are more than happy to help. Just get in touch with us today on 01257 485279 or email and we will get back to you ASAP.

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