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Most Common Plumbing Issues in NYC

Central Plumbing Specialties is proud to serve the Tri-State Area and have multiple New York locations to meet the plumbing, heating, and decorative kitchen and bath fixture needs of our region. We’ve been in this business since 1963, so it’s safe to say that we’ve pretty much seen every plumbing NYC issue imaginable over the years!

These are the most common plumbing issues that affect homeowners in NYC and the best solutions to fix them in an efficient and cost-effective way.

1. Clogged Toilets

Toilets are an essential part of modern life but also a common cause for headaches in New York City. Customers often come to us needing new plumbing parts for toilets and even brand-new toilets to replace old ones that are beyond repair. Depending on what is clogging the toilet and the severity of the clog, you may be able to fix the problem with a plunger, mixture of baking soda and vinegar, plumbing snake, or simple dish soap and hot water poured down it.

2. Leaky and Burst Pipes

Some plumbing leaks are very obvious, while others can go detected for long periods of time. You might notice water pooling up under a sink in the bathroom or kitchen that indicates a leak. If a broken pipe is to blame because of the expanding and contracting effects of the changing seasons, you may need to replace multiple pipes to stop current leaks and prevent future ones.

3. Low Water Pressure

Many homeowners in NYC complain of having low water pressure that makes their showers unpleasant and their cleaning tasks inefficient. An issue with the pressure regulator valve or a valve that has been partially closed by accident may be to blame for this issue. Regular maintenance once per year can help you keep your home’s water pressure at a desirable level so you don’t find yourself frustrated in the future.

4. Running Toilet

Toilets in NYC have a tendency to start running and not stop, which wastes water and can indicate a more serious problem. Broken chains, levers, and seals often cause this issues, which requires a trip to the local store for a few plumbing supplies.

5. Slow Drains

No one likes a drain that is clogged up with debris and drains much slower than it should. Shower drains and bathtub drains are common plumbing NYC issues because hair gets stuck in them with daily use. Fortunately, this annoying problem can often be fixed by putting a mixture of vinegar, baking soda, and salt down the drain. Plungers and plumbing snakes can also do the trick for tough clogs.

6. Malfunctioning Fixtures

Plumbing fixtures, such as faucets, can be low-quality or high-quality and really impact the performance of your plumbing system. When nozzles, showerheads, and other sink parts begin to fail, they often need to be replaced with a higher quality version that’s built to last.

7. Broken Garbage Disposal

Garbage disposals are convenient to use in busy NYC households, but it’s important to remember that they aren’t catch-all devices that can handle anything you put down them. Garbage disposal issues are often caused by putting non-food items down there or fibrous foods that it simply can’t handle. You can try hitting the reset button if your garbage disposal isn’t working or using a wrench to free up a jammed disposal. Make sure that the disposal is unplugged beforehand for your own safety and try mixing vinegar and baking soda to pour down it if a clog is the issue.

8. Failed Sump Pump

New Yorkers rely on their sump pumps after heavy rains to prevent flooding and water accumulation, often in the basements and crawlspaces of homes. Sump pumps commonly fail because they are overwhelmed based on their capacity, become clogged, or lose power. At Central Plumbing Specialties, we carry various types of pumps to keep your home safe, dry, and reduce your flood risk. Yearly sump pump inspections and having a backup sump pump can give local homeowners peace of mind.

Help with All Your Plumbing NYC Issues

Whether it’s your toilet, your pipes, your sinks, or another component of your home’s plumbing system, Central Plumbing Specialties is here to help. We are a family-owned plumbing and heating wholesale distributor and retailer that also has five beautifully appointed showrooms with displays for decorative plumbing fixtures for your home. We understand how frustrating and overwhelming it can be to have a plumbing problem in your house, and we’re here to take the guesswork out of getting the supplies you need to fix the problem.

Stop by our location nearest you at the first signs of a plumbing issue and we’ll be happy to help you find the best products for the best price.

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