One of the worst things a homeowner wants to hear is that there is a problem with the plumbing. Unfortunately, there are several different plumbing problems that can occur in the average home. The good news is that many of the common plumbing problems are also easy to fix, thanks to express rooter. Doing repairs yourself on common plumbing problems can save you a great deal of money, so here are 6 of the most common DI plumbing problems to be aware of.
1. Low Water Pressure in the Shower
The most common complaint people have about low water pressure is usually in the shower. Although corroded water pipes may be the ultimate problem, there are several other causes that are much easier to handle than tearing all of the pipes out of your home. So, before you take any drastic measures, try these simple steps first:
- Replace the water-restricting showerhead
- Clean out sediment from the showerhead
- Increase water volume at the curb
2. Low Water Pressure at the Sink Faucet
If the water pressure is good everywhere but at the sink, the first thing to check is if the water pressure affects both the cold and hot water. If both are affected, the low pressure is most likely caused by the aerator. Calcium deposits gradually build up in the aerator and reduce the water pressure. To clean the aerator, simply remove it from the faucet, soak it in a bowl of vinegar for a few hours, rinse with water and replace it on the faucet.
3. Slow Draining Sink
Slow draining sinks are very common plumbing problems, but they are usually easy to fix. One of the most common problems is that the pop-up stopper collects debris, hair and soap gunk over time, so it needs to be cleaned in order for the drain to flow smoothly. Most pop-up stoppers are attached to the drain under the sink and held in place with a nut that can be unscrewed by hand or with pliers. Unscrew the pop-up, clean it and reinstall it.
4. Slow Draining Tub
The most common reason for a slow draining tub is a buildup of hair in the drain. Use a pair of needle nose pliers or a zip-it tool to reach in and clear out the hair and other debris from the drain. If the tub has a stopper in the drain, remove it before attempting to clear the debris from the drain. Cleaning the drain once a week will prevent the drain from clogging.
5. Running Toilet
Not only is it frustrating to have a constantly running toilet, but it can quickly run up your water bill as well. There are several different things that can cause the toilet to run, but they are all easy fixes.
- Adjust the float-if the float is set too high water flows into the overflow tube, so the valve won’t shut off and the toilet keeps running.
- Adjust the flapper chain-the chain should have only a slight amount of slack with the flapper closed.
- Replace the flapper-after removing the worn-out flapper, be sure to take it with you to the store to find the size you need.
6. Jammed Garbage Disposal
Garbage disposals come with a key that helps to unjam it, but if you lost the key, you can use an Allen wrench to unjam the garbage disposal. At the bottom of the garbage is an opening where you insert the key (or the Allen wrench), simply turn the key or the Allen wrench in both directions to free the motor.
If you are uncomfortable doing any DIY plumbing tasks, it’s best to contact a local plumber to do the work for you. Always remember to turn the power off when trying to clear a garbage disposal and never put your hand or other object into the garbage disposal to clear it. When working with the plumbing, always turn the water off at the main line beforehand.