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The Most Common Plumbing Problems And What To Do About Them

May 22, 2023 | Blog

Plumbing problems can be a real drain on your day. Whether it’s a leaky faucet or a clogged toilet, there’s nothing worse than being stuck with a plumbing problem that you can’t solve. But fear not, because Gotelli Plumbing is here to save the day! In this post, we’ll discuss the most common plumbing problems our San Rafael customers face and what you can do about them.

Clogged Drains

One of the most common plumbing problems is a clogged drain. This can occur in the kitchen, bathroom or any other area of your home where there’s a sink or drain. If you notice that water is draining slowly or not at all, it’s likely that there’s a clog somewhere in the system.

To fix this issue, you can try using a plunger or drain snake to remove the blockage. However, if these DIY fixes don’t work, it’s best to call a professional plumber to avoid causing further damage.

Leaky Faucets

A leaky faucet is not only annoying but can also waste a lot of water over time. Most of the time, a leaky faucet is caused by a worn-out washer or O-ring.

This is a relatively easy fix that can be done by replacing the damaged part. However, if you’re not comfortable with doing this yourself, one of our professional plumbers can take care of it for you.

Running Toilets

A running toilet is another common plumbing problem that can waste a significant amount of water. This issue is often caused by a faulty flapper valve or a worn-out fill valve.

You can try adjusting the chain or replacing the valve yourself, but if you’re not confident in your abilities, a plumber can help. Our team has the expertise to fix any toilet troubles you might be facing.

Water Heater Problems

Water heaters are an essential part of any home, but they can also be a source of plumbing problems. One of the most common issues is a lack of hot water, which can be caused by a variety of factors such as a faulty thermostat, a broken heating element or a sediment buildup in the tank.

To avoid these problems, it’s recommended that you flush your water heater at least once a year. This will help remove any sediment buildup and extend the life of your water heater. Our technicians are happy to help flush your water heater, so reach out to schedule your service!

Preventative Maintenance Tips

In addition to knowing how to address common plumbing problems, it’s important to take preventative measures to avoid them altogether. One way to do this is to be mindful of what you’re putting down your drains.

Avoid pouring grease, oil or other food waste down the drain, as these can clog your pipes over time. Additionally, make sure to have your plumbing system inspected regularly by a professional plumber. This will help identify any potential issues before they become major problems.

Put Down The Plunger, And Let Us Handle The Dirty Work!

Knowing how to address common plumbing problems can save you time, money and frustration. By being aware of these issues and taking preventative measures to avoid them, you can ensure that your plumbing system functions smoothly for years to come.

In Marin County, homeowners can rely on Gotelli Plumbing for all their plumbing needs. Our team of experienced plumbers is available to help you with any common plumbing problems or preventative maintenance tasks you may need. Contact us today to schedule an appointment!

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