Here at Cabrillo, we get calls for all sorts of plumbing problems every single day. While some of those problems are rare, there are a few common issues that most homeowners encounter at one point or another. Today we want to go over some of the most common plumbing problems that homeowners experience in the Bay Area and guide you through what you should do if and when you come across them!

How to address common plumbing problems

  • Plumbing leaks. Leaks can develop in your plumbing fixtures (such as your sinks, toilets andwater heater) as well as in any of the pipes in your home. It’s important that you take care of plumbing leaks as soon as possible, because the water that they waste can quickly add up. If you notice a water leak anywhere in your home, or if you suspect your home might have a hidden leak, your best option is to contact Cabrillo. We can identify the source of the leak and make sure that it’s properly sealed and won’t continue to cause problems in your home.
  • Fixture and drain clogs. Clogs can build up in virtually any part of your plumbing system that drains water. Often times, these clogs are caused by the buildup of waste that’s flushed down your drain. If your clog isn’t too severe, you can try to fix it on your own by using some of the tips we’ve previously listed on our blog, such as those for bathroom sink clogs, kitchen sink clogs, shower drain clogs and garbage disposal clogs. If you’re having any difficulty unclogging your fixtures or drains, don’t hesitate to give us a call! The skills and tools of a professional plumber like Cabrillo are often needed to effectively take care of a severe clog.
  • Low water pressure. If you’re experiencing low water pressure at a single tap, you might simply need to clean or replace your faucet aerator. If your entire home is suffering from low water pressure, however, you’ll most likely need to contact Cabrillo. Low water pressure is typically a symptom of either a water leak or mineral buildup in your pipes, both of which require professional inspections and repairs.
  • Not enough hot water. There are a number of reasons why your home might not be receiving enough hot water. Other than the obvious issue of your water heater not being large enough to meet your home’s demands, an inadequate amount of hot water could be due to mineral buildup at the bottom of your tank. Try draining your unit’s tank until the water flowing out of it is clear. Also, make sure you get an annual tune-up for your water heater to keep it running at its peak performance.

If you have any questions about these common plumbing problems, or if you’d like a plumbing system serviced or installed in your home, contact Cabrillo, your Bay Area plumbing, heating and air conditioning company.