Plumbing issues can be a DIY project or can require the help of a plumber. It all depends on what the problem is, and if you can fix it easily yourself or not. Let’s take a look at some of the most common plumbing problems you will face in your home.
1. Slow Draining Sink
Typically a slow draining sink is caused by a blockage that is restricting water flow. Food and fat commonly clog a kitchen sink, and knotted hair and soap the bathroom sink.
For bathroom sinks, remove any hair or debris from the top of the drain with tweezers. For both, put a stop at the bottom of the sink and fill it up to three-quarters with water. Remove the stop and use a plunger to create enough force to break apart the clog. You can also use a baking soda and vinegar method.
Pour a pot of boiling water down the clogged drain
Drop ½ cup baking soda down the drain and let it sit for a few minutes
Pour a mixture of 1 cup vinegar and 1 cup hot water down the drain
Cover with a drain plug for 5-10 minutes
Pour one more pot of boiling water down the drain
2. Dripping Faucet
Dripping faucets are one of the most common plumbing issues. The cause of a dripping faucet is typically worn, dislodged, or torn washer or o-ring.
Take the faucet apart and replace both the washer and o-ring which you can pick up at your nearest hardware store. If you’re still having an issue after replacing both items, call a plumber to quickly get the leak handled before it gets worse.
3. Running Toilet
A running toilet can skyrocket your water bill; losing up to 200 gallons of water each day. The culprit is usually a faulty flapper valve that controls the water passing from the tank to the bowl.
Test the flapper: Take a stick and push down on the flapper when the water is running. Listen for the running to stop. If it stops, the flapper is not sealing properly and you need to replace it.
Replace the flapper:
Shut off the water supply valve located under the toilet (or main supply for a leaky valve)
Flush the toilet, draining out the majority of the water
Unhook the old flapper
Install new flapper according to package instructions
Hook the flapper chain onto the flush lever arm (there should be a little room when the flapper is closed.)
4. Low Water Pressure
Lower water pressure is commonly caused by a leaking pipe that’s become corroded and worn or a build-up of mineral deposits and sediment on aerators. To clean the aerator, remove it from the faucet and soak it in a bowl of distilled vinegar for at least three hours.
If the low water pressure is in the bathroom shower, you can soak the showerhead with vinegar. To do this, fill a plastic bag half full with distilled white vinegar and use a rubber band to tie it around the showerhead and leave it for at least three hours. Learn more by visiting the www.caldwellplumbing.ca website.