The most common plumbing problems and how to avoid them14 April 2014
Some of the most common plumbing problems are simple to fix. However, if a plumbing problem is left unattended it can cause severe hardship to the home and the wallet.
Even the best kept home will have occasional plumbing problems. However, maintaining is a sure way to possibly prevent bigger issues. Moreover, you do not have to be a plumber to fix basic problems. Most plumbing problems are simple to fix, even for the beginner or new home owner. Here are a few tips and suggestions:
Leaking taps are really not a big problem. However, over time it does run up the utility bill. Additionally, if left unattended it may cause issues with your plumbing or home.
Common solutions consist of replacing defective or worn washers. If a tap is still leaking after replacing the washers then it needs to be reseated. You can purchase a reseating kit at low cost.
Clogged drains are generally found in in the bathroom and kitchen. It is a problem that needs to be fixed as soon as possible. Sometimes just a plunger will remove blockage. If not, you can clean the pipe by unscrewing it from the fixture and then remove the blockage. Make sure to clean the P-trap (pipe elbow or U-bend). Snake the line if the blockage is deeper. Snakes are inexpensive and easy to use.
Low Water Pressure
The first step is to check water pressure on both the hot and cold water. If both are affected then it is more likely the aerator. A plugged aerator can be fixed by carefully cleaning out the debris and calcium buildup.
Blocked toilets are commonplace. Generally a plunger will fix the blockage. If the blockage is beyond the P-trap then a snake will usually work. Sometimes baking soda and vinegar will work. Add 1 box of soda then 16-30 ounces of vinegar and wait 5 minutes. Next pour one gallon of hot water down the bowl, let set overnight if you can. If the problem persists then there are other factors causing the blockage. Check the toilet for a defective ball-cock.
Malfunctioning Water Heaters
There are numerous reasons for the water heater to malfunction. There may be a broken part or a loose valve blocking the water flow. Sometimes the pilot light is out, the thermostat is broken or it is just a buildup of corrosion. Generally you can buy new heating supplies that are inexpensive and easy to manage.
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