Common Plumbing Problems and How to Fix Them.

01. Low water pressure

Water pouring from faucet in modern bathroom

When someone complains about having low water pressure it is usually at the sink faucet. The first thing to check is if the low water pressure is affecting both the hot and cold water. If both the hot and cold have low pressure the most likely cause is the aerator. Calcium deposits slowly build up in the faucet aerator and reduce the water pressure. A blocked aerator is a very easy thing to fix. To clean out a faucet aerator carefully remove the aerator, clean out any debris and build up on it.

02. Slow Draining Sink

A sink that is draining slowly is a very common plumbing problem.

Often the pop-up that is used to stop up the sink can collect a lot of hair and debris over time. To get the drain flowing smoothly again the debris needs to be cleaned out. One way to do this is to use the Zip-it, a handy plumbing tool, to clean out the drain. Another option is to remove the pop-up and clean it out. Most pop-ups are held in place with a nut attached to the drain just under the sink and can be unscrewed by hand.

03. Slow Draining Tub

A slow draining tub is another very common plumbing problem that can be easily fixed.

Often the tub drain is full of hair which slows the water down as it drains out of the tub. Once again the Zip-it tool or a pair of needle nose pliers are great tools that can be used to reach in and clear out the debris in the drain. If there is a tub stopper in the drain you may have to remove the tub stopper before getting to the hair clog.

04. Running Toilet

Another common plumbing problem that many people are familiar with is a running toilet.

There are various things that can be causing the toilet to run but they are easy to fix. The first step is to figure out what is the cause of the running toilet. Once you know which of the working parts of the toilet is causing the problem you can replace it or repair it and stop the running water.

Replacing A Toilet Fill Valve
Replace A Toilet Flapper
Replace a Leaky Flush Valve

05. Jammed Garbage Disposal

Jammed garbage disposal is high on the list of common plumbing problems. Many people lose the nifty key that comes with the garbage disposal to help unjam it. Fortunately, an Allen wrench can be used to unjam a garbage disposal. At the very bottom of the disposal, there is an opening to insert the key. Using a 1/4 inch Allen wrench simply turn in both directions to free the motor.

06. Dripping Faucets

Dripping faucets are not just a source of irritation; the waste of water can push up your water bill and cost you money. A single faucet can drip away hundreds of gallons over the course of a year.
The cause of dripping faucets in most cases is an internal washer that has become stiff, torn, worn, or dislodged over time. Fixing the problem is often achievable by the average householder, but it requires the correct tools.  

07. Clogged Bath or Shower Drain

As with slow draining bathroom sinks, bath and shower drain generally get blocked up by clogs of hair and soap. Clearing the blockage may require the use of a plunger or a snake. Baking soda and vinegar can sometimes dissolve the clog too. The problem generally gets worse over time, if not dealt with. The problem can be prevented or minimized by buying a drain guard to catch the hair.

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