Nothing in life is perfect — not your job, not your family, and certainly not your home. Your home goes through wear and tear as your family lives it in. It is only natural. Slowly pieces of your home will begin falling apart and needing repair or replacement.

One part of your home that will see normal wear and tear is the plumbing. The pipes, faucets, and drains will see problems, many of which are easy fixes, while others may not be as simple. But are these problems common? Is this normal wear and tear you are experiencing? Or is there a serious problem that you need to be fixed?

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At Cupertino Plumbing, we can help you with your plumbing problem, big or small. Our team of experienced plumbing contractors can fix everything from common plumbing issues to more serious issues that require a professional’s touch.

While we can offer you a variety of plumbing services to help with your problems, we know that you are likely curious about what common plumbing problems are, enabling you to relax a little knowing that your clogged drain is a simple fix and a common problem. Read on to learn some of the most common plumbing problems.

Dripping Faucet

This may be an obvious plumbing problem that is more common than any other. Everyone has experienced a dripping faucet, which can be frustrating but luckily it is not too difficult to fix. Leaky faucets should be taken care of as soon as possible. Not only are they a frustrating problem to have, but a leaky faucet can cost you a ton of money! One dripping faucet (depending on the number of drips per minutes) can cost you hundreds of gallons of water a year. That is wasted water that you are paying for.

Running Toilet

A running toilet is another plumbing problem that can waste a ton of water, wasting up to 200 gallons a day. That is a lot of water, and money, wasted. When your toilet is running, it may mean that you need to get the inner workings fixed or replaced. A running toilet can be a sign of a few things. It could be that the flapper valve no longer fits properly, the fill tube is coming loose, or the float is imbalanced. While these problems are easy to fix, there may be some other, more complex issues with your toilet. Luckily, we can fix any running toilet issue!

Clogged Toilet

This is another very common problem that we have all faced. Luckily, a plunger is all it takes to fix a clogged toilet. For more extreme cases, a sewer snake can help unclog your toilet and loosen the blockage. You will likely not need our expert help for this task.

Clogged Drains

Drains can easily become clogged. Kitchen drains can get clogged with food and other waste, luckily a garbage disposal can help ensure that doesn’t happen too often. Your tub or shower drain is a different story. Hair and soap can clog this drain easily, making the water drain slowly and begin to fill the bottom of the shower if it is bad enough. To unclog the shower drain, you will need to remove the hair. You can use a plunger or a snake, pull the hair out, or use a concoction of baking soda and vinegar to help dissolve the clog. This problem should be taken care of as soon as you notice slow-draining water, it will only get worse over time.

If your bathroom sink is clogged, it is likely due to hair and soap as well. You can use a plunger, a snake, a chemical, baking soda and vinegar, or pull the hair out do unclog your bathroom sink.


Low Water Pressure

When your faucets lose water pressure, it could be a sign that you have a leaking pipe. These pipes could have become broken, corroded, or worn, causing them to leak and reduce water pressure. A break in the mainline will require a big fix. Luckily, the main cause for poor water pressure is a buildup of sediment on the faucet aerators or the shower head. This can be an easy fix by soaking them in vinegar. If your water pressure is still poor after this, you may have a more serious problem, be sure to contact Cupertino Plumbing. We can figure out what is causing your low water pressure and help fix the problem.

Leaky Pipes

Pipes can often leak at the joints. You may find puddles under your sink or around the other pipes in your home, which is a sign of a leaky pipe. While a fix could be as simple as a joint filler, this may not be a permanent solution. If you want your pipe fixed the right way the first time so you can stop worrying about your pipes leaking, a replacement may be needed. You may only need to replace a length of pipe or the fitting that is causing the leak. Once this is done, you should be able to enjoy a leak-free pipe. If you have no idea how to change a section of pipe, what you will need, or want to deal with the mess, let us help!

When to Call the Professionals

While some plumbing problems are simple fixes, there are others that you should call a plumbing expert for. While our team at Cupertino Plumbing will help with any and all of your plumbing issues, we know that there are some people who will try doing most of these fixes by themselves. If you need a sewer repair or replacement, new plumbing installation, drain replacement, or any help with your hot water heaters, be sure to call us!

No plumbing problem should go ignored, this will only lead to more damage and problems. And some plumbing issues should not be fixed in an attempted DIY project. If you are not sure how to fix something, call in the professionals. Our team can solve your plumbing issues quickly and efficiently, with little mess. Contact our San Jose plumbing contractors now!