17 Jun Top plumbing problems for homeowners
If you’re a homeowner, sooner or later you’re going to encounter some plumbing problems. Some you can fix on your own and others will require the help of a professional.
Here are the top three plumbing issues and what you can do to address them.
For most clogged drains, a plunger will do the trick. Forcing some air down the drain should free up your sink for use again. But if that doesn’t work, we recommend using a plumber’s snake.
While they’re not as cheap as a jug of those chemicals you can pour down your sink, they’re much more effective. And you can rent one. At the same time, common liquid and gel drain clearing products can cause serious damage to your pipes and may not fully resolve the issue.
Whether it’s grease and food in your kitchen sink or soap and hair in your bathroom sink, sending the snake down the drain can help you to break up the clog, pull out the obstruction and get your sink flowing well again.
We’ve all had this happen. You go to the bathroom, flush the toilet and head into another room in the house only to notice that the toilet is still running minutes later. This one can be an easy fix or a laborious job. Your toilet is very likely running because there’s something wrong with one of its components. “Jiggling the handle” is a temporary fix but if that doesn’t work, it’s going to require a little more effort.
First, turn off the water and check the flapper and the fill valve. If they’re not functioning properly, they may need to be replaced. There’s no definite life expectancy for these items because the quality varies so there’s no sure way to know how long they’ll last. But if you’ve been in your home for a few years and your toilet just starting running, this is probably the culprit.
Nearly every homeowner has dealt with a leaky faucet at some point. You may not notice it much during the day but at night, when everything else is quiet in your house, they can keep you awake, nagging you to fix them. The constant drip, drip, drip can annoying enough to make you jump out of bed and drive to the hardware store for tools and supplies. But be prepared to sink some money at least an hour or two of work into this project. And whatever you do, don’t forget to turn off the water first before trying to fix the faucet. If you’re not confident in your skills, we’d suggest that you give us a call.
Roscoe Brown is here to help with any of your plumbing problems. We’re happy to just come out and take a look or make all of the proper adjustments so that you can sleep well at night again.