Plumbing Issues

Common Plumbing Problems & How to Fix Them

As a homeowner, you never know when a plumbing issue may arise. From leaky faucets to clogged drains, common plumbing problems can be frustrating and stressful. But before you panic, many easy DIY fixes can save you time and money. In this blog post, we'll cover some of the most common plumbing problems and teach you how to fix them.

1. Leaky Faucets

A dripping faucet is annoying and can waste gallons of water if left unfixed. To fix this problem:

  1. Start by turning off the water supply to the faucet.
  2. Remove the handle and the packing nut underneath.
  3. Remove the stem and replace the washer at the bottom with a new one.
  4. Reassemble the faucet and turn on the water supply to the faucet again.

2. Clogged Drains

Slow-draining sinks and showers are another common plumbing problem. To clear a clogged drain, use a plunger to create a vacuum that will push and pull any blockages out. If the plunger doesn't work, try using a drain snake to break up and remove any debris caught in the drain. You can also try pouring a mixture of baking soda and vinegar down the drain, followed by boiling water. This will help to break up any organic matter and clear blockages in the pipe.

3. Running Toilets

A toilet that continues to run after being flushed can be a huge waste of water. To fix this problem, start by turning off the water supply to the toilet. Remove the toilet's tank lid and adjust the fill valve until the water level is below the overflow pipe. If this doesn't work, you may need to replace the entire fill valve assembly.

4. Low Water Pressure

If your water pressure is low, it could be due to various issues, including a clogged aerator, a damaged cartridge, or a broken pressure regulator. Start by cleaning or replacing the aerator in your faucet. If that doesn't work, you may need to replace the cartridge or pressure regulator.

5. Water Heater Issues

If you're not getting hot water or your water temperature isn't consistent, it could be due to a malfunctioning water heater. Start by checking your water heater's thermostat to ensure it's set correctly. If that doesn't work, you may need to replace a malfunctioning heating element or the entire water heater.

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