Preventing Plumbing Problems

Preventing Plumbing Problems

A Mini Guide To Swift Solutions For 3 Common Plumbing Repairs

by Calvin Simmmons

Plumbing issues can strike at any moment, disrupting daily routines and causing unwelcome inconveniences. From clogged drains to leaky pipes, understanding how to handle common plumbing repairs can save you time, money, and stress. Here are a few prevalent plumbing problems and offer tips for tackling them effectively. 

1. Clogged Drains

Clogged drains are a common woe that can lead to slow drainage or even water backup. You can try these steps before resorting to chemical drain cleaners:

  • Use a plunger to dislodge the clog.
  • Remove the drain stopper and clean out any debris.
  • Use a drain snake to break up and remove stubborn clogs.
  • Regularly use a drain strainer to prevent hair, food particles, and other debris from entering the drain.

2. Running Toilet

A running toilet can waste a substantial amount of water and inflate your utility bills. Often, the issue lies with the flapper valve or the fill valve. Here's what you can do:

  • Inspect the flapper valve in the toilet tank. If it's worn or misaligned, replace it.
  • Use the fill valve to adjust the water level in the tank. You can bend the float arm downward to lower the water level.

If these steps don't work, consider replacing the entire fill valve assembly.

3. Leaky Pipes

Leaky pipes can lead to water damage and mold growth if left untreated. A temporary fix can be achieved with a pipe clamp or epoxy, but for a more lasting solution:

  • Turn off the main water supply.
  • Identify the source of the leak and measure the damaged section of the pipe.
  • Cut out the damaged portion and replace it with a new section using appropriate fittings.
  • Tighten all connections and turn the water supply back on.

When to Call a Professional

While DIY fixes can save you time and money, some plumbing issues require the expertise of a professional plumber. Call a plumber if:

  • You're dealing with extensive leaks that risk water damage.
  • There's a complete sewer line blockage.
  • You're facing issues with your water heater.
  • Your plumbing problem persists despite your efforts.

Remember, proper maintenance can help prevent many plumbing issues. Regularly inspect your plumbing system, address minor problems promptly, and consider scheduling periodic professional inspections to catch potential problems early. By arming yourself with the knowledge to tackle common plumbing repairs, you'll be better prepared to maintain a smoothly functioning plumbing system and restore comfort and convenience to your home.

Contact a local plumbing service to learn more. 


About Me

Preventing Plumbing Problems

It isn't always easy to know where to start when it comes to household maintenance, but a few years ago I realized I needed a new septic system. We were having a problem with our drains draining properly, so we turned to some experts for some help. They walked us through every aspect of the plumbing process, and within a few days, we were having a brand new septic tank installed. It was great to see just how much better things ran when the septic was working, and this blog is evidence of how much something like that can help.