Being a homeowner comes with a number of responsibilities. The plumbing system is one of those responsibilities that most homeowners dread going wrong. It's a part of your home that you don't even think about when it's working properly, but when something goes wrong (and doesn't it always do so in the least convenient moment possible?) it becomes a major pain, fast. Here at Save Home Heat, we believe in equipping you with the knowledge you need to tackle common household issues with eyes wide open, so read on to find a few thoughts on common plumbing issues every homeowner faces and what to do when you encounter these issues in your home.

Clogged or slow drain

One of the most common issues is, of course, a clogged or slow drain. This problem can occur with any drain in your house, whether it's your shower, sink, toilet, or something else entirely. If you notice your drain taking longer to do its job or standing water pooling where you know it shouldn't be, you likely have a clogged or slow drain on your hands. Luckily, the answer to this one is pretty simple - you simply have to clear the drain. Unfortunately, a lot of homeowners take the DIY route here, without the knowledge that many commercial "drain clearing" products can actually harm the drain with their harsh chemicals. Instead, have your drain cleared by a professional for a longer-lasting and safer-for-your-home solution.

Faucet leaking or not working right

Leaky faucets are a bane in many a homeowner's existence. There are few things more frustrating than sitting in your living room trying to enjoy some downtime with your family and being bothered by the insistent drip, drip, drip coming from the kitchen or bathroom in the background. If your faucet is acting up, whether it's leaking or just not working quite right, it likely needs to be repaired or replaced.

Water pressure too high or too low

While most homeowners will likely notice low water pressure before they will recognize water pressure that's leaning toward the too-high side of the scale, both extremes pose issues for your home's comfort and safety. Too little water pressure will bum you out. Too much and you can damage system components, like faucets, water heaters, and dishwashers. The best course of action in either circumstance is to test the pressure and adjust or replace the pressure regulating valve. Since it can be a little more difficult to tell if your water pressure has increased, it's worth getting it checked out if you notice any lasting change in the pressure.

Garbage disposal jammed

This is something we see all the time, but especially around the holidays when big meals are being cooked and the disposal may be seeing more action than usual. Forks, a turkey carcass, Aunt Betty's earring - you never know what surprise may get lodged in there. If your disposal is jammed, you're looking at two options. The first is to safely remove the jam (i.e. not just sticking your hand down there and hoping for the best). The second is to replace the unit entirely. Which option makes the most sense for you will depend on the severity of the jam, the age of the unit, and whether you might want to upgrade to a better model.

Toilet running

Ever been getting ready in the morning and notice that you can't stop hearing that constant running water sound that you get right after you flush your toilet? Suddenly that's all you can hear, and man is that annoying. Thankfully, a running toilet is usually a pretty easy fix, and often has to do with the float that raises and lowers with the water level in the upper tank. Knowing which part to adjust might take a little research or general know-how. However, sometimes a running toilet requires part replacement in the upper tank to truly solve the problem.

Chances are you've encountered one or more of these plumbing issues in the past, but every time they crop up it's equally annoying. Knowing what you're dealing with and what the potential solution might be goes a long way toward helping you find a trusted professional team that you can count on to fix the issue efficiently, effectively, and for a reasonable price. In the Denver-Boulder metropolitan area, Save Home Heat is just a call away when plumbing problems arise - (303) 443-9762 or contact us online.