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Common Plumbing Problems We Encounter

A List of Some of the Most Common Plumbing Issues We See

Plumbing problems range from minor and inexpensive repairs to a major pipe leak that can cause damage to floors, walls, and personal properties. Here are the common plumbing problems that indicate you need some plumbing work.


  1. Slow Draining Sink

Slow draining sink is usually caused by the accumulation of everyday materials. In the kitchen sink, the clogs are mostly caused by food particles; while in the bathroom sink, it is due to the combination of soap, toothpaste, hair, and other debris.

  1. Clogged Shower or Bathroom Drain

Just like slow draining sinks, shower and bathroom drains may get jammed because of clogs of soap and hair. To clear the blockage, you can either use a snake or a plunger. This problem usually becomes worse over time if you don’t deal with it. You can minimize or prevent the problem if you have a drain guard that will catch the hair.

  1. Dripping Faucets

This common plumbing problem causes water to be wasted, which will increase your water bill. Even a single dripping faucet can waste away hundreds of gallons throughout the year.

In most cases, when an internal washer becomes torn, dislodged, worn, or stiff, it may cause the faucet to drip. An average householder can fix this problem if they have the proper tools.


  1. Faulty Water Heater

You may not discover this plumbing problem until the water suddenly becomes cold while you’re in the shower. There are several reasons why your water heater could fail. First, the pilot light may have gone out and you need to relight it. Second, the tank may have a build-up of residue. Lastly, the thermostat could be the source of the problem.

In general, a professional should be the one to maintain, inspect, and repair a faulty water heater. However, if you know how to work on a water heater, than some of the simple fixes may be something you can do on your own.

  1. Clogged Toilet


You have a clog in your toilet when the bowl fills up and takes time to drain or doesn’t really drain away. A combination of human waste and paper could cause the blockage. You can normally fix a clogged toilet using a plunger. You can also use a drain auger or sewer snake to remove the blockage.

  1. Running Toilet

Over 200 gallons of water could be lost every day because of a running toilet. The flapper valve controls the water that travels from the tank going to the bowl and if it gets faulty, it will cause a running toilet.

Although rarely, a sediment that affects filling and flushing can also cause a running toilet. There could be silent leaks if your water bill suddenly increases. Put food coloring in the tank and check if it goes to the bowl without flushing.

  1. Leaky Pipes

A leak usually happens at the pipe joints. It can damage your floors and furniture, and it can encourage bugs because of the dampness. Fillers, tape, and compounds can temporarily fix the problem, but replacing the pipes or related fixtures will fix it permanently.

  1. Low or High Water Pressure

A sign of low water pressure is when water trickles from the tap instead of gushes. Leaking pipes that have been worn or broken may cause this problem. It may also be cause by a buildup of mineral deposits and sediment on aerators. High water pressure can cause your pipes to burst. Usually a pressure regulator needs to be added to your water piping system to help regulate the water pressure of your home.

  1. Sewer System Blockage

If you have toilets and multiple drains that are not working, there could be something that is blocking the sewer system pipes. Responsibility for fixing the problem depends on where the blockage is. It’s the problem of the water company if it’s on the public road, but you should have it fixed if it’s on your property.

  1. Garbage Disposal Malfunction

The garbage disposal can get stuck, freeze up or stop working all together. Any home needs to have a properly working garbage disposal. This can happen from old age or improper use of the unit. There are many items/things that should not go down the disposal, but it happens from time to time. We can help you with repair, replacement and installation of a garbage disposal.

Call a professional plumber once you notice you have a plumbing problem before it gets worse. Spartan Plumbing Inc. professionals can come to your rescue and we have the necessary tools, equipment and training to handle any plumbing problem or repair you may need.


Spartan Plumbing
6211 E Speedway Blvd
Tucson, AZ 85712