Knowing what the most common household plumbing issues are and what you can do to fix them is a great first step in cutting back your plumbers vistation time. While there are instances that calling your plumber can’t be avoided there are others that you can fix the issue yourself or at least find a simple solution to prevent it from happening. You never realize how much your truly rely on your plumbing until you begin to have issues.
Stopped Up Drains and Toilets
The good thing about having a stopped up drain or toilet is that you can immdeiately identify it as being clogged. For sinks and drains the water may get backed up or just not drain as quickly as it used to. When it comes to your toilet, the problem shows itsself immediately by not going down when you flush or even overflowing! Often times when it comes to drains there is a common culprit – hair. Whether its when you were in the shower or shaving your beard, hair in your drains will easily stop them up and can be tricky to get unclogged. For toilets the problem can vary. Clogs come from being either partially blocked or blocked comcpletely and for a toilet it can be anything from flushing the wrong things like paper towels, too much toilet paper, or even the kids throwing a toy in there for fun!
Once you identify a clogged drain or toilet there are things you can do to fix the issue before calling in a professional. For both the toilet and drains you can start with a tried and true plunger. If this doesn’t help there are also products made specifically for both toilets and drain to unclog drains along with tools like snakes. It may take a few tries or some elbow grease to get the drain unclogged but most often it can be done. When all else fails just know you can call a professional at anytime if the job seems too big for simple home remedies.
Leaking Faucets and Pipes
Leaking faucets are common in every home and the dripping is more of a nuisance and wasted money rather than a plumbing emergency. Leaking faucets can add up to 3,000 gallons a year making your energy bills go up on average around 10%. Leaking faucets are able to be detected immediate due to you being able to physically see the leak, but they pose no risk other than irritation and money going down the drain. Leaking pipes however can pose a major risk and cause some serious damage if not caught in time. Most of the leaks caused in faucets are due to worn down washers that form the seal while pipes leaking is often an indication of weak joints.
To fix your leaking faucet it may be as simple as replacing the washer to create a tighter seal and stop the leak. Fixing leaking pipes can be temperamental. Some issues you may find are very simple and can easily be done on your own like replacing the U-Joint. The important thing to remember is that while a lot of plumbing issues have do it yourself fixes, it’s best to know when to tap out and call a professional.