There are always going to be situations with your plumbing in which the best way to go is to call in the professionals. However, there are a number of scenarios that you can just as easily handle on your own. You don’t have to be a DIY plumbing expert by any means, and there are two main benefits to dealing with common plumbing issues on your own. The first benefit is that you’re saving the money you would have spent on a plumber. The second benefit is that you are taking simple maintenance measures that will ensure your plumbing runs well for years to come.
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How to Deal With Common Plumbing Problems
The next time you find yourself facing the following problems, consider these solutions:
- Low water pressure: This is a common plumbing issue, and the culprit is more often than not your sink faucet. Find out if your diminished water pressure is impacting both your cold and hot water. If you find low pressure on both hot and cold, there is a good chance that your aerator needs to be dealt with. Simply remove the aerator, remove anything that shouldn’t be there, and reinstall.
- Slow draining sinks: Is your sink draining too slowly? The popup that stops up your sink can become clogged up from hair and other things. Cleaning out the debris can be accomplished easily enough with a Zip-it. You can also remove the popup on your own, and clean the whole thing manually. You can generally find popups attached to your drain under your sink. You can unscrew the popup with pliers.
- Slow draining bathtubs: Once again, hair and other elements of debris can cause your tub to drain far too slowly. Once again, a Zip-it can prove to be enormously useful towards cleaning the area out.
- Running toilets: There are various causes behind running toilets. Your first challenge will be to determine what your specific problem is. You will remove your tank lid, check your overflow valve, check the flapper chain, and then check your flapper seal. Once you have determined the cause of the running toilet, you can set about the task of fixing things. More often than not, you can handle the repairs by yourself. You don’t need to be a pro by any means.
These are just some of the most common plumbing problems that you’re going to come across in your day-to-day life.