Household plumbing is indispensable in every household. Water supply and drainage are the two basic systems of plumbing fixtures. There are numerous plumbing problems that an average home may encounter. Some are common than the others ranging from low water pressure, excessive water usage, clogged drains, leaking toilets, plumbing noises, and other related problems. Our professional plumbers are just waiting for your call whenever a plumbing problem occurs. However, having little knowledge on how to deal with common plumbing problems will save you a lot of money.
A dripping faucet is one of the common plumbing problems. You might think that a dripping faucet only wastes a small amount of water, but think again. A single drop will turn into a thousand drops over a day and eventually, you will notice a big impact, especially when your water bill arrives. Make sure to check every faucet in your home to see if they are leaking. The first thing you need to do is to determine which part of the faucet is causing the leak. If the leak is around the handle, the problem could either be a loose packing nut or a bad packing washer. If it is a loose packing nut, you just need to tighten it with a wrench or pliers. However, if it is a bad packing washer, you may need to find an exact replacement from your hardware store.
Another common plumbing problem, is a slow draining sink or draining tub. The easiest way to repair it is by cleaning any debris, hair or other particles on it either by using a plumbing tool like Zip-it or by removing and cleaning the pop-up of the sink, or the tub drain of tubs.
Toilet Continuously Running
There are many different several reasons for a toilet leaking, probably the most common are a worn flapper valve, faulty supply lines and worn wax rings. Any small leak with a slow drain out of the tank will cause the refill valve to operate, and so will not shut off, but keep opening to top up the tank. This as a really annoying problem, as the valve will make a noise all day and all night long, until you take action to repair it. An experienced technician can diagnose the cause and get it fixed fast.
Jammed Garbage Disposer
A garbage disposer is convenient for household needs. However, one of the more common plumbing problems is related to it. We are all familiar with a jammed garbage disposer for example. You should not automatically replace your garbage disposer upon finding that it’s not working since you can still troubleshoot it if the problem is not that bad. First, you should turn off the disposer power cord for safety reason. Next, look at the bottom of the disposer and you will find an Allen (hex) size keyhole where you can insert an Allen key in the slot and turn it. This will turn the motor, and hopefully free the jam. However, if this will not work, try looking inside the garbage disposer and check if there’s something jamming it so that you can remove it. Finally, test the garbage disposer by plugging back the power cord and then turning it on. Run it for a bit to clear up anything that may have gotten into it while it was jammed.
Remember, prevention is better than cure. In order to prevent costly plumbing repairs, it is best to have a regular maintenance schedule of your household plumbing. Also, bear in mind that you are not a professional plumber. If you think that the plumbing problem is complicated or dangerous, don’t hesitate to call your expert for plumbing repairs.