Most Common Plumbing Problems

Plumbing problems are some of the most time-sensitive and costly problems you can have in your home, and they can happen at any time. But being able to diagnose a plumbing problem in its early stages can save you a lot of trouble and money. Here are a few of the most common plumbing problems, and ways to diagnose and solve them in your home.



Dripping Faucet

There’s nothing more annoying than the constant pattern of a dripping faucet. But that annoyance could also be costing you money on your utility bill. The dripping is often caused by a broken or loose washer in your faucet, which is a simple, DIY fix. Just make sure you fix it before money starts dripping from your bank account.


You can get clogged drains by solidified grease and oil from dirty dishes, hair buildup, dirt, or soap scum from dirty dishes. To soften small clogs, run hot water for a few minutes, and drop dish soap into the drain to make it less sticky. If your Drain-O isn’t working, or strange, unidentifiable smells start wafting up from your drain, it’s time to call a professional.

Burst Pipes

In chillier parts of the world, pipes undergo a freeze and thaw cycle that coincides with constantly changing temperatures. That freezing and thawing causes an expansion and contraction of your pipes, which often leads to a burst pipe and a flooded home. To avoid extensive flooding damage, make sure you know where your shutoff valve is located in your home—before disaster strikes.

No Hot Water

There’s nothing more divine than a relaxing, piping hot shower—and nothing more startling than when that hot water turns ice cold. A variety of factors can lead to an absence of hot water in your home, such as a burst pipe, a utility company problem, or a hot water heater malfunction. If your hot water doesn’t return after a few hours, it’s best to call a plumbing professional to assess and fix the problem.

Sump Pump Failure

Sump pumps, which are commonly found in basements, defy gravity by pushing sewage up and out of the basement and into the sewage system. But when a sump pump fails, what goes up must come down—which can cause a lot of nasty problems in your home. A failed sump pump must be replaced immediately, so call a professional to handle the mess and the installation surrounding your new sump pump system.

It doesn’t take long for plumbing problems to happen, and if left unaddressed, they worsen. That’s why you can count on Emergency Plumbing & Solar. With our 24-hour hotline, we’ll solve any plumbing emergency in no time, so you don’t have to wait long. EPS is the most trusted plumber in Honolulu for water heater diagnosis and repair, commercial and residential plumbing services, drain cleaning, and clog removal. 

Whether you have an issue with your sewer line or need help with any other plumbing around the house, call (808) 691-9309 Oahu, (808) 400-8811 Hawaii Island to get in touch with EPS Hawaii’s. Contact us today, and ensure you don’t fall victim to a plumbing problem.


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