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Top 10 Common Plumbing Problems and How to Prevent Them


Plumbing issues can be frustrating, time-consuming, and expensive to repair. In this blog post, we’ll explore the top 10 most common plumbing problems that homeowners face and provide tips on how to prevent them from happening in the first place. Keep reading to ensure your plumbing system stays in tip-top shape!

  1. Dripping Faucets
  • Inspect your faucets regularly for signs of wear and tear
  • Replace worn-out washers or cartridges promptly
  • Consider installing water-saving faucets
  1. Clogged Drains
  • Avoid disposing of grease, oils, and fibrous foods in your drains
  • Use a drain strainer to catch debris
  • Regularly clean your drain with natural solutions like baking soda and vinegar
  1. Running Toilets
  • Check for worn-out flapper valves or flush mechanisms
  • Adjust the float level to ensure proper water levels in the tank
  • Replace broken or damaged toilet components as needed
  1. Leaky Pipes
  • Insulate your pipes to prevent freezing and bursting
  • Regularly inspect pipes for signs of corrosion or damage
  • Replace old or damaged pipes to prevent leaks
  1. Low Water Pressure
  • Clean aerators on faucets to remove sediment build-up
  • Regularly inspect your water pressure regulator
  • Schedule a professional inspection to identify and resolve the root cause
  1. Water Heater Issues
  • Flush your water heater tank annually to remove sediment
  • Inspect the anode rod for signs of corrosion
  • Schedule regular water heater maintenance with a professional plumber
  1. Garbage Disposal Problems
  • Always run cold water when using the disposal
  • Avoid disposing of hard or fibrous materials
  • Regularly clean and maintain your garbage disposal unit
  1. Sewer System Backup
  • Install a sewer backflow valve to prevent sewage backup
  • Regularly inspect your sewer lines for signs of damage or blockages
  • Schedule professional sewer line cleaning and maintenance
  1. Frozen Pipes
  • Insulate your pipes, especially in unheated areas
  • Keep your home’s temperature consistent during cold months
  • Open cabinet doors to allow warm air to circulate around pipes
  1. Sump Pump Failure
  • Test your sump pump regularly to ensure proper function
  • Clean the sump pit and remove any debris
  • Install a backup power source to protect against power outages


By taking a proactive approach to plumbing maintenance and following these tips, you can prevent many common plumbing problems from occurring. Regular inspections and timely repairs can save you time, money, and headaches in the long run. Remember, when in doubt, it’s always best to consult with a professional plumber for advice and assistance.

Louw Bros Plumbing: Your Trusted Partner for Comprehensive Plumbing Solutions

With branches in Cape Town, Plettenberg Bay, and Knysna, Louw Bros Plumbing offers a wide range of expert services, from leak detection and geyser installation to drainage maintenance and emergency repairs, ensuring the highest quality and customer satisfaction across South Africa.