How to Fix Common Plumbing Problems
Part of owning a home is dealing with things as they happen. And no matter how much preventative maintenance you do, things are bound to happen at the least opportune times. Like a sink backing up when you’re cooking for a large group, or the water heater going out right before out of town guest arrive.
Part of owning a home means being prepared for the little things that can go wrong. A little elbow grease and a plunger are often all you need to get the toilet working again. And if you’re a little handy around the house, many common issues have easy-to-fix solutions.
That constant drip-drip-drip can be annoying, especially at night when you’re trying to go to sleep. It can also be a reminder that your utility bill will be climbing higher if you don’t get it fixed. A single faucet can waste hundreds of gallons of water over the course of a year. In many cases, a faucet can be repaired by replacing the rubber or silicone-based washer connected to create a watertight seal.
Low Water Pressure
Have you noticed your shower or a faucet isn’t producing the same amount of water as it once did? It may be a buildup of deposits or sediment on the aerator. As the water enters your pipes, it often carries dissolved minerals that eventually deposit themselves onto metal surfaces. They build up over time and prevent water flow. Taking the aerator off and soaking it overnight in a vinegar solution will generally dissolve the calcium deposits.
Are you tired of a toilet that runs periodically throughout the day? Toilets typically run with the flapper valve lets water pass from the tank to the bowl. If this doesn’t fit in place properly, the float becomes out of balance, or the fill tube comes loose.
Slow or Clogged Drains
When water in your sink, shower, or tub doesn’t drain, it’s most likely a clog. In most cases, a plunger will do the trick. But if it doesn’t, if you notice the clog on a continual basis, or you notice clogs in several locations at the same time, it may be a sign of a bigger problem.
With small projects, you can sometimes handle the fix yourself. Before tackling any water project, be sure to turn off the water main. Ensure you have the proper equipment and parts to fix the problem before you start. And have a professional plumber’s phone number handy for the just in case.