Asked on Jan 7, 2020

What could be causing persistent plumbing issues?

SherryDeeDeb K


Hi,I'm a new member to this forum. I hope everyone is enjoying this new year. I'm here to find a solution to my problem. I'm facing continuous problems with my plumbing. Last month only we cleared the issue of clogged drains. But since the last day, I'm having some issues with kitchen pipes. The water pressure has tremendously reduced. Thus most of my kitchen works are pending. This resulted in continuous late arrival at the office.So recently I contacted a plumber in Toronto. I hope they can help me in solving this. Has anyone faced this issue? What can be the reason for this? How much does it cause to solve the problem? Share your suggestions.Thanks!

9 answers
  • Ken Erickson
    on Jan 7, 2020

    How old is your home? Old plumbing was made from steel pipes (some real bad ones were made in China) and they start to corrode reducing the inside diameter of the pipe and thus the flow rate capability. Copper and PEX piping are not affected. A water softener can help prevent corrosion. You may need to replace most of your piping with new PEX piping. A cost effective solution is to leave the old pipe under the sink and replace the accessible pipes under the floor.

  • Beth
    on Jan 7, 2020

    Ken gave you some good ideas. I'll add that we had some problems with water pressure that turned out to be related to problems with our water softener system, so if you have one of those, check to see if it's showing any problems.

  • Gk
    on Jan 7, 2020

    Do you have a well and a pressure pump? If a pressure pump is getting old it cannot maintain good water pressure. We had to replace ours. One sign was that was running constantly and the water pressure in our kitchen was not good.

  • Tinyshoes
    on Jan 7, 2020

    Jody....Have you just recently moved there?

  • Redcatcec
    on Jan 7, 2020

    Hi Jody,

    Have you checked under the sink, the water pressure problem could be related to the valves being closed or partially closed, look to see it they are wide open.

  • Mogie
    on Jan 8, 2020

    Where I live we have our drains cleaned out every year due to tree roots. From what I was told by the employee who came out to do this many people do this about once a year or more.

  • Dee
    on Jan 8, 2020

    Hi there, since you live in Toronto, have your pipes froze? Make sure you insulate your pipes, they can burst if frozen.

    If the problem is caused by tree roots pour sodium chloride or copper sulfate, or rock salt, into your toilet. Pour a half pound of the salt into your toilet and flush as many times as you need to clean out the bowl, and repeat this process until you've flushed 2 pounds of salt into your pipes. The best time to do this is at night so the solution stays in the pipes for a few hours.

  • Deb K
    on Jan 8, 2020

    Hi Jody, do you have large tree on you lot or in the neighborhood close to your house? I used to work for Drainage branch in my City, and a lot of problems were caused by Tree root intrusion into the drainage pipe, or grease clogs in the pipes coming out to the mainline, best bet is to call in a plumber or the city or town you live in to get a service televising, this method records the camera view inside your pipes and tells the experts what is wrong, they then know how to fix it. If the issue was on city property where I live, it was free of charge, but if it was on your property there was a one time fee of something like $385 flat rate. Anyway, call your town or city public works office to get this done, hope this helps.

  • Sherry
    on Jan 29, 2020

    I too faced the same issue. At that time, I consulted a plumber in Toronto. The did the plumbing work at very affordable rate. You can contact them for solving this problem.

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