The lifespan of plumbing elements is finite. Your pipes, joints, appliances, and hoses will eventually wear out. You’ll need to replace them or have them repaired.

Here is a list of the most common plumbing problems in Long Beach, CA. Keep an eye out and call a plumber if necessary.

Bathroom runningYou could see a spike in your water bills if your bathroom is always running. As water continually attempts to fill the toilet bowl, running toilets make a distinctive sound of a trickling. You can add food coloring to the tank to check if your toilet is working. If your toilet bowl is full of colored water, but not flushing, you should call a plumber.

Dripping faucetsDid you know that a drip faucet can waste hundreds upon hundreds of gallons per year of water? A misplaced or exhausted washer could be the cause of constant drips from faucets. Although you can likely solve the problem with common household tools or internet tutorials, a plumber will be able to provide the best results.

Shower and bath drains cloggedTo prevent soap and hair from blocking your drains, you can use a drain guard. You can call a plumber if the clog is severe. If it seems minor, you can try using baking soda and vinegar to clean the drain. Minor clogs can be dislodged by the bubbling action.

Toilets that are cloggedPeople flush things that aren’t supposed to be flushed. This includes baby wipes and children’s toys. If that fails to clear the blockage, you can call a plumber.

Garbage disposal that is jammed or blocked: Garbage disposals are not a panacea for food clogs. Be careful what you put down there. You can still jam your garbage disposal with fats, oils, and grease, or large amounts of fibrous foods and gristle.

Pipes that leakLeaky pipes can be caused by age and freezing with water in them.

Wrap your pipes to prevent them from freezing during the winter and fall months. Also, run the water at a trickle so that things don’t freeze. Call a plumber immediately if you notice signs of water damage around your home.

Backup for sewer systemIntruding tree roots can cause sewer lines to clog, burst or become choked. You should call a plumber if the problem is located on your property. Otherwise, the sewer company should be held responsible.

Problems with water heaters:An operable water heater can be a great option if you don’t like cold showers. Sediment buildup can occur, and the thermostat or pilot lighting may be defective. Call a professional immediately if you spot any problems.