Most Common Plumbing Problems

Even if you’re not a plumber, there are a few potential plumbing problems that everyone should know about, just in case you don’t have a real plumber on call. Knowing how to fix these problems will also give you a way to impress those around you because there’s a good chance that they have no idea how to do so themselves. Most of these problems are very common and most likely, you have run into one or many of them within the past month.

1. Clogged Drains

It is pretty easy to tell whether your drain is clogged or not. Basically, if water is pooling by the drain then it is either partially or completely clogged. An accumulation of too much hair or grime build-up over time are the most likely causes of the clog, but in some cases a hard-to-budge clog may be the result of a larger object that got stuck down there.

A simple plunging can usually do the trick by sucking or loosening whatever is blocking the pipe. If that doesn’t work, then you need to upgrade to a specially formulated chemical solution like Drano, that will burn away and clear the blockage. I have found that Drano is the best solution; however, make sure that your plumbing and pipes are the types that will not be damaged by the chemicals found in Drano. If you want to really get down and dirty, then try using a drain claw. This is a long piece of metal or plastic wire with a serrated end design to grapple the clump, that you shove down the pipe and then pull out. It’s kinda fun and works well, you should try it.

2. Leaky Faucets

Probably the most common, and annoying, plumbing problem that we all run into. It’s important not to leave this nuisance unattended, because over time it will crank up your water bill without you ever realizing the reason. Worse, it can lead to further pipe and water damage to your home. Make sure you routinely check all unexposed pipes for any leaks as many times they go unnoticed.

This can be a quick fix using your household tools. Before starting, make sure you turn off the water to avoid flooding the house. Unscrew the handles and replace or tighten any worn out washers. Check for any other worn out materials and replace them. You may have to replace the entire tap, but that can be done with no problems.

3. Water Heater Problems

Every now and then a problem may arise with the water heater. Obviously, this needs to be addressed as soon as possible because no one likes taking cold showers. With gas heaters, many times the flame gets put out for some reason. At the bottom of the heater there are straightforward instructions on how to relight the flame.

Sometimes the problem is due to a loose connection or a broken part. If you can identify which it is, it is very manageable by buying the part and fixing it yourself.

Overall, the best way to learn how to fix these day to day house problems is by getting some tools and figuring it out yourself. Trial and error is usually the best way to learn things like that. Good luck with your plumbing problems, but don’t worry, you might need less than you think.

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