Even if you are a handy DIYer, there can be times when you have to call a plumber. While there are plenty of unique Ventura County plumbing stories, there are also common issues that every homeowner can face.

Dripping Faucets: Not only do dripping faucets create a noise, it’s not as harmless as it seems. A dripping faucet can waste water and cause your water bill to skyrocket. If you aren’t able to stop the leaking faucet on your own, then it’s time to contact a plumber. Your wallet and nerves will thank you.

Running Toilets: Just like dripping faucets, running toilets can waste water as well. A running toilet can waste up to 200 gallons per day. Many times a running toilet is an easy fix, but if you aren’t able to fix it on your own, be sure to call a Ventura County plumbing expert to help you lower your water bill.

Clogged or Slow Drains: A clogged drain can cause problems. Whether it’s food or hair that is clogging the drain, at-home drain cleaners aren’t going to cut it. At-home drain cleaners can cause damage to pipes, so it’s best to get drains professionally cleaned to prevent more problems down the road.

Leaky Pipes: With periods of hot and cold throughout the year, it can wear down the pipes. Pipes also won’t last forever, so it’s possible you could have leaky pipes, depending on the age of your home. Look for wet spots on the ceiling or the ground. You want to catch leaky pipes before they cause too much water damage. Depending on how much water damage there is, the cost of fixing leaking pipes can change.

Water Heater Issues: The normal water heater life span is between eight and 12 years. If you notice the water in your shower isn’t getting hot or staying hot long enough, you could need water heater repair or a replacement. A professional plumber can help you choose the right water heater model for the size of your home so you get a good price and optimal efficiency.

Staining or Deposits: If you are noticing staining on your faucets or fixtures, then that build up could also be affecting your pipes. A professional should check the pipes for any issues you may not be seeing.

Main Shutoff Valve: If you don’t have a main shutoff valve inside the house, you should consider having one installed. You should also be certain that all family members know where to find it and how it works. The faster you can shut off your water can save you a lot of money in damage to the home and your belongings. You may not be able to prevent a disaster, but you can help stop some of the damage from occurring.