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Clogged drains and leaky pipes are a fact of life. No home is immune from these occasional difficulties. The next time that your Jacksonville, IL kitchen faucet won’t stop dripping, be confident that you aren’t alone. These common plumbing problems affect millions of people in the Illinois capital region and across the country.

1. Dripping Faucets and Fixtures

According to the EPA, 10 percent of homes in America have leaks that waste at least 90 gallons of water daily. This adds up to 1 trillion gallons of wasted water annually. One dripping faucet can use 3,000 gallons of water per year. Most drips develop due to damaged rubber seals, worn-out o-rings or cracked cartridges. Toilets can waste huge amounts of water too. Replacing the flapper, float ball or flush valve usually stops these leaks.

2. Clogged Toilets

Based on a manufacturer’s study, 28 million Americans deal with clogged toilets monthly. In most cases, the flush doesn’t produce enough pressure to clear the waste. Wads of toilet paper and non-flushable products frequently cause blockages. Items stored above the commode could fall into it and be flushed accidentally. Nine out of 10 times, a plunger will do the trick. If not, we’ll send a plumber out to fix the clog.

3. Leaky Pipes and Fittings

Water leaks are every homeowner’s worst nightmare. Unfortunately, they can crop up anywhere. In Springfield and central Illinois, outdoor pipes for pools, irrigation systems and garden spigots may crack or burst in the winter. Leaks are common in under-sink cabinets and around toilets. Hot water heaters and dishwashers sometimes cause catastrophic floods when they fail. Hidden leaks can continue for years before the damage is detected, so you should learn how to recognize the warning signs.

To avoid costly repairs, have our professionals inspect your home’s plumbing system. You can learn more about our services online, or you can schedule a repair by calling HRI Plumbing at (217) 334-4545.