The plumbing in your home is complicated and technical but can work reliably for decades without problems. Unfortunately, the dirt and grime of life will find their way into your drains and pipes, and components will eventually wear out to the point of replacement or repair. Here are a few of the most common plumbing problems found in the home. Leaky Faucets Problems Dripping taps aren't just annoying; they are also the source of a lot of water wastage. A leaky faucet can account for 10 percent of your water usage. This particular plumbing problem is relatively easy to fix if you are handy, but if you're not, it's a straightforward job for your local plumber that will save you money in the long run. Running Toilet Problems Water continually running into the toilet bowl is usually because of a faulty flapper, fill valve, or worn-out seal. Running toilets are one of the most significant sources of water wastage because they can easily go unnoticed. Leaking toilets are another easy fix with an inexpensive kit from the hardware but call your plumber if you need help. Clogged or Slow Draining Drains Plumbing Problems Years of loose hairs going down the drain in the bathroom and food particles, oil, and grease down the drain in the kitchen can create build-ups that will eventually lead to a complete blockage. However, before that happens, you will notice it taking longer and longer for the water in the basin or sink to drain out. Foul odors may also indicate a blockage in your pipes. Your plumber can easily remedy blockages, but you can also do a lot to prevent them from happening in the first place. Use a strainer in your kitchen sink to catch food particles and soak up oil and grease in paper towels for easy disposal. Keep a plunger handy in the bathroom and use it when you notice the water draining slower than usual. Regular treatment with a plunger should break up any debris buildup and send it on its way. These are just a few of the most common plumbing problems most homeowners will have to deal with in their home. Small, quick fixes can soon grow into large, expensive problems if plumbing problems are ignored, so calling your local plumber like Plumbing Systems Inc. (PSI) is the best way to prevent a plumbing emergency.