Anyone who's had to endure one will know just how annoying it is - and subsequently won't be surprised that the most complained about plumbing problem in the UK is the dripping tap.
In fact, it's more common than you may think, with one in 10 homeowners putting up with one in the past five years.
Having a dripping tap, even just a small trickle, can end up wasting both water and consumer money, while fixing one could save homeowners at least £18 a year if they're on a water meter, along with 5,500 litres of water.
The study of 2,000 homeowners was commissioned by the Water Regulation Advisory Scheme (WRAS), and found leaking pipes, clogged drains and a continuously running toilet were all topping the list of complaints.
The full list includes:
1. Dripping taps (14 per cent)
2. Leaking pipe (11 per cent)
3. Slow or clogged drains (10 per cent)
4. Running toilet (nine per cent)
5. Burst pipe (six per cent)
6. Water temperature issue (five per cent)
7. Noisy pipes (five per cent)
8. Frozen pipes (four per cent)
9. Flooding (three per cent)
10. Water storage tank failure (two per cent)
Julie Spinks, managing director of WRAS, said: "Fixing faulty and leaking water fittings such as taps, pipes, and toilets as soon as possible is a good idea, both to save water and money where homes are on a water meter. Some leaks can also cause significant damage if not dealt with promptly. Many common plumbing problems can be prevented by using a qualified plumber and only installing water fittings or fixtures that have been tested to show they meet legal requirements."