What are the most common plumbing problems? 

Monday 20th December 2021

No one likes to have anything in their home break down or malfunction, whether that’s the TV, the lighting, or the Internet – but there is something about experiencing common plumbing problems that can be especially frustrating as it can get in the way of even basic necessities like your own personal hygiene routine.

Fortunately, if you happen to find yourself faced with some of the most common plumbing problems and need to get them resolved as quickly as possible, we at Lonsdale Plumbing and Heating are on hand to help.

But if you are a new homeowner in particular, or are moving out and living on your own for the first time, what are some of the most common plumbing problems that you can expect you might encounter at some point, sooner or later?

The toilet has stopped flushing

This can certainly be a frustrating issue to deal with, but fortunately it tends not to be a very serious one, or one that requires immediate emergency attention.

If your toilet flush mechanism has stopped working, you should still be able to flush it “manually” by dumping a kettle full of water into the toilet, which will create a pressure differential that will cause it to flush.

Still, there may be a slightly more complicated reason behind your toilet not flushing, so you may need to contact the plumber anyway.

Your boiler has broken down

Having your boiler break down can certainly be an extremely frustrating thing to have happen, and depending on the fault it could even be life-threatening. Carbon monoxide gas is lethal in large doses and so it is paramount to deal with boiler faults as soon as possible. Similarly, vulnerable people can fall victim to the cold quickly and so working heating systems are vital for them.

There are always going to be a range of different boilers out there, with some being new, sophisticated, and high-performing, whereas others from years or decades past will still be limping along as well.

Ultimately, if your boiler breaks down, you need to contact a plumber and either deal with cold showers and a cold home for a while, or consider alternate accommodation until the issue is resolved.

Your toilet is blocked

A blocked toilet is always a major issue in any home – and especially if your home only has a single toilet in it. It can create an unlivable situation within the home, can cause foul aromas and hygiene issues, and more.

If your toilet becomes blocked, the first step on your part should be to attempt to plunge it yourself, using an appropriate plunger. If this works, great. If it doesn’t, though, you should probably leave your DIY efforts there, and get in touch with a plumber as quickly as possible.

Plumbers have a variety of different tools for dealing with issues such as blocked toilets, without the many undesirable potential side-effects that could befall the average DIY enthusiast.

If you come across any of the following in your home and would like the help of a qualified plumber midlands, contact Lonsdale today, we are happy to help.

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