9 Types of Plumbing Problems and How to Fix Them

Plumbing problem with boy floating in flooded kitchen

Canadian homeowners deal with plumbing problems. While it’s normal, plumbing problems shouldn’t be a challenge. After all, household plumbing is essential for daily use and comfort. It would be best if you gave every issue a solution right away and in an efficient manner. It is important to understand each plumbing issue to determine the right solution that works for it. 

Common plumbing problems

At MidCity Plumbers, we understand that most homeowners are not experts regarding these plumbing problems. So, we have rounded up everything you need to know about plumbing problems and how to fix them—fast and effective. 

Leaky pipes

The most common problem in plumbing is leaky pipes. Aside from being annoying, this type of problem can cause greater damage to your whole piping system if left unchecked by plumbing repair experts. Leaky pipes usually happen at pipe joints. Leaks are more common during the colder months where your pipes freeze and expand. 

Close-up Of Water Leaking From The White Sink Pipe

How to fix it: Applying tape or compounds may provide a temporary solution. However, there are times when the replacement of the related fittings is more practical. If you have leaky pipes, assess the problem and call a professional plumber if it is causing too much damage, such as structural damage or warping. 

Dripping Faucets 

Dripping faucets occur due to a stiff internal washer that has become worn or dislodged over a long period. You will also experience dripping faucets if the parts of your plumbing system are loose or broken. 

A drop of water leaking from the tap.

How to fix it: While you can resolve this problem with DIY skills and some basic tools, you need a professional plumbing repair service if the problem persists. In the meantime, you can try switching off the main water supply, disassembling the faucet, and checking if you need to replace the washer. 

Clogged drains 

Another common plumbing problem is a clogged drain. It usually happens if blockages such as hair, soap, dirt, or food waste build up along your pipes. Some factors that cause clogged drains are flushing coffee grounds down the sink and using bath bombs. 

Close up of dirty clogged kitchen drain with food particles

How to fix it: You can get rid of clogged drains by pouring warm water down the drain, using a plunger, or unclogging with baking soda and vinegar. If you think the blockages are hard to remove, it’s the perfect time to avail of the professional services of plumbing experts. 

Low water pressure

If you notice that the water trickles out of your tap then gushes, this is a sign of low water pressure. Low water pressure results from leaking pipes or pipes that have been broken or worn for a long time. 

Low water pressure in shower head indicating an issue with plumbing.

How to fix it: You can fix low water pressure by looking out for leaks, clearing the clogs, and replacing the regulator. The regulator is a device that works as a plumbing valve. It reduces the water pressure coming from the main water supply into your house.  

Failing sump pump 

The most common causes of a failing sump pump are electrical power failure, the sump pump is the incorrect size, and improper installation. A failing sump pump can cause water to accumulate at the lowest areas in your home, such as the crawlspace. 

A plumber repairing a sump pump in a flooded basement in a residential home

How to fix it: You can start by removing minor pooling by mopping or using a wet/dry vacuum. A professional plumber can help with sump pump replacements and repairs if the sump pump failure is beyond your DIY skills. 

Hot water is not working 

If your hot water is not working, there is probably an issue with your plumbing. While it may occur from a gas leak, leaking tanks, failing gas valve, and a malfunctioning thermostat, consider this a clear sign that you need a plumbing repair. 

Stainless faucet for hot water in the bathroom

How to fix it: If hot water is not working, you can fix it by replacing old valves or clearing clogs from pipes. However, there are instances when the replacement of components needs professional repair. If you do not have the right tools for it, contact a professional plumber near you. 

Clogged toilet 

A clogged toilet results from hard water, foreign objects, or worn pipes. A clogged toilet results in many problems such as inconvenience, health hazards, and leaking. 

Clogged toilet with overhead view of white toilet paper in the toilet bowl

How to fix it: You can fix a clogged toilet by using a toilet plunger or pouring down a mixture of baking soda, water, and vinegar to soften the debris. If the clogged toilet is severely damaged, contact a plumbing expert to help you out. 

High water pressure 

Your local water company mainly causes high water pressure. High water pressure can also occur from a thermal expansion change inside your home, resulting in water volume changes. While it seems like the problem itself is beyond your control, you can regulate high water pressure. 

Pressure gauge to check high water pressure for plumbing

How to fix it:  First, you need to diagnose the high water pressure. Check the faucets, listen to your pipes, and assess your appliances. Then check the pressure gauge and pressure reduction valve. If you are unsure about lowering your water pressure, contact a professional plumber to do the job for you. 

Running toilet 

Aside from being costly due to water wastage, a running toilet can cause much greater risks. The most common cause is a faulty flapper valve that controls the water from the tank to the toilet bowl. Less commonly,  sediment build-up affects the flushing, which causes a running toilet. So, if your water bills are high, check for signs of leaking and assess the toilet valves. 

Cartoon illustration of a toilet running

How to fix it: You can fix this by availing a toilet repair kit from any hardware store. However, if you don’t have the expertise to diagnose the real cause of a running toilet, a professional plumber can assist you. 

When to call a professional plumber 

While you can fix plumbing problems with DIY skills, professional plumbers have the expertise to repair almost every plumbing problem. Call a professional plumber if you don’t have the right tools at home, and you are not sure of the issue at hand. 

Are you experiencing plumbing problems at home? Our team at MidCity Plumbers offers drainage and water services to all customers in Burnaby and the surrounding area, so don’t hesitate to contact us if you have drainage issues that attract fruit flies. Give us a call on  📞 (778) 772-8676 today, and we are more than happy to help you get rid of these problems in no time!

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