Most common plumbing problems and how to solve them

A plumbing emergency is not something that anyone wants to deal with.

While there are some plumbing issues that can be solved with a little bit of elbow grease and a DIY video, there are many cases where a plumbing issue will need to be resolved by a licensed plumber.

Nonetheless, it helps to have a simple knowledge of what could fail under our sinks, gardens, and floorboards.

Stoppages
Stoppages are most likely the most normal conditions that demand residential plumbing repair.
A stop in a tube may bring ruin to your shower, toilet or sink. Moreover, it could be hard to recognize the exact reason behind the stoppage.
Once known, it often requires the various tools of a specialist to dislodge the stop, but their advice can help with avoidance.

Running Toilet

Another common plumbing problem that many people are familiar with is a running toilet. There are various things that can be causing the toilet to run but they are easy to fix. The first step is to figure out what is the cause of the running toilet. Once you know which of the working parts of the toilet is causing the problem you can replace it or repair it and stop the running water.

Slow Draining Sink


A sink that is draining slowly is a very common plumbing problem. Often the pop-up that is used to stop up the sink can collect a lot of hair and debris over time. To get the drain flowing smoothly again the debris needs to be cleaned out. One way to do this is to use the Zip-it, a handy plumbing tool, to clean out the drain. Another option is to remove the pop-up and clean it out. Most pop-ups are held in place with a nut attached to the drain just under the sink and can be unscrewed by hand or with pliers. Once the nut is removed the pop up can be cleaned and then reinstalled.

Dripping Faucet

A dripping or leaking faucet indicates that washers have worn out and should be replaced. The seals or washers of compression faucet are always under pressure and may wear out much faster. If the replacement is not done on time, they might corrode fixtures, stain sink bowls and wastewater. Since ball, cartridge and disc faucets are washerless, they’re less susceptible to dripping as opposed to compression faucets. However, they have some moving parts sealed by O-rings that may require periodical replacements. Therefore, the majority of dripping problems associated with faucets are majorly wearing out of the parts, based upon the kind of faucet.

Scaled Up Shower-Head

Hard water is usually associated with scaling of showers. The salts present in hard water accumulate to form  a layer on the shower-head, which makes it quite difficult for water to actually come out. Therefore, in case you have to use hard water, ensure you select a shower-head with rubber faceplate. This allows you to rub and get rid of particles frequently. A quick way to fix an extremely clogged shower-head is to remove the faceplate and dip it in white vinegar for about 12 hours. A stiff nail brush or toothpick may be used to remove the loose scales.

While it is nice to know how to counteract the most common plumbing problems, it is most beneficial to seek the help of trained individuals who are knowledgeable and capable in doing the work.