It isn’t until you start having problems when you realize just how much you rely on your plumbing. A slow drain here or a dripping faucet there, it’s natural enough to have minor plumbing issues that you can resolve on your own without too much difficulty. But there are other problems we recommend you leave to a professional.

Being aware of the common problems and solutions will help when you go and grab your tools. It will also help in determining if you need to call a plumber. American Drain Co., your emergency plumber in Los Angeles, offers common plumbing problems and how to deal with them.



If the water trickles out of your faucets and shower rather than gushes, it could be due to low water pressure. More often than not, this is a condition found in older homes.

Low water pressure is often caused by pipes that are leaking due to breakage or are corroded. Often, low water pressure is due to deposits in the aerator. This is a simple fix. All you need to do is soak the aerator in vinegar to clean it off. You then follow up by using a toothbrush to loosen the materials.

You can soak and scrub your shower head to get rid of the deposits. If that doesn’t work, simply replace it and your problem is solved.


You were looking forward to a hot and steamy shower and all you got was a blast of cold water. There are multiple problems that could be causing issues with your water heater.

The first thing you want to check is the pilot light. If this has gone out, it is definitely the cause of your problem. A build-up of sediment in the tank can also cause problems. It could also be a thermostat that is at fault.

For the most part, you will want to call a plumber if you are experiencing problems with your water heater, unless it is something basic that you can deal with, like lighting the pilot light for example.


A running toilet will waste a lot of water, up to 200 gallons a day. The most common problem is a faulty flapper valve. A toilet repair kit will prove to be an inexpensive and straightforward solution to the problem. If this doesn’t solve the problem, call in a plumber to check for cracks and leaks.


Without getting into too many details, a clogged toilet is often the result of a blockage. Clearing the blockage may require a plunger or a snake. If this doesn’t clear thing up, you may need to call a plumber.


Dripping faucets are so common that it is difficult to find anyone who hasn’t had to deal with one. It may not seem like it, but a leaky faucet can drip away hundreds of gallons of water a year. The biggest cause of a leaky faucet is the internal washer that has worn or been dislodged.

If you can’t get it figured out, there is no shame in calling American Drain Co.