4 Common Plumbing Problems

Plumbing problems around the home can end up being extremely disruptive. Things can go wrong in even the most well-maintained of plumbing systems, and when they do, you can be left scrabbling around not knowing what to do.

Of course, it helps a great deal to have the name and number of a qualified plumbing service on-hand.  But what also helps is to know what a few of the most common issues are so that you know exactly what you should be looking out for. Well, this blog post is here to talk you through these in a little more detail.

common plumbing problems

Slow-Running Drain

If the water isn’t draining from your sink as quickly as it should be, there are all manner of reasons why this may be the case. It could be food debris, accumulated hair or soap scum, but over time, that slow-running drain can turn into a full blockage. Take the time to flush out your sinks from time to time with some boiling water or a plunger for those bigger objects. A solution of baking soda and vinegar can also be highly effective. Avoid using chemical cleaners which can end up damaging your pipes.

Running Toilet

A running toilet is money that is quite literally disappearing down the drain. Most issues are fairly easy to fix – and it is usually simply a case of replacing a flapper which has become warped or broken, getting a new chain or readjusting the float. Take a look online at some articles which provide you with advice about how to solve the issue. Make sure that you know what you are doing beforehand as you don’t want to risk making the problem worse.

Dripping Faucet

A dripping faucet is another case of money disappearing down the drain. In fact, there could be gallons of water disappearing down there on a daily basis. A few of the most common causes include mineral deposits, corrosion or broken parts. If you don’t know which one is causing your dripping faucet, it is worth calling in an expert to find out what has gone wrong.

Low Water Pressure

Do you ever turn on your taps and just a drizzle of water emerges? If you are only experiencing this problems with the hot water, you should make sure that the valve of the heater is completely open. However, if you are experiencing low water pressure with both the hot and cold water taps, it is highly likely that the aerator is clogged. A couple of solutions include cleaning it out with vinegar or replacing it entirely. If your showerhead is causing you issues, you could try soaking the whole thing in vinegar.

So, there you have just a few of the most common plumbing problems which could be causing issues in your house, as well as a few possible solutions which could provide you with a major helping hand.

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