Prevent Common Plumbing Problems
Many small plumbing issues are not too difficult to fix. Catastrophic failures only happen when you ignore small problems and then they become huge, expensive ones. Below we list some of the most common plumbing problems and ways to take care of them.
Clogged Toilets and Drains
This is perhaps the most frequent plumbing problem. The only way a toilet generally gets clogged is if something solid is flushed. When this happens, turn off the water supply and use a plunger. Flush once to see if it the clog was dislodged. If it didn’t, get professional help; you don’t want the mess of a bathroom flood. Plungers can be used on shower drains and sinks as well.
Faucets That Drip
Another fairly common issue is leaky faucets. This usually happens long use wears out O-rings, washers, and seals. At first, the faucet will drip a little at a time. This is a sign that seals are starting to weaken. Taking apart a faucet and replacing a small part is not too difficult. All faucets are similar in construction on the inside. If you can repair one it it’s likely you can handle another type.
Jammed Garbage Disposal
Some people tend to think that garbage disposals can handle anything and throw all kinds of inappropriate matter into the garburator. It’s a bad idea to put bones, oil, ice cubes, uncooked veggies and even egg shells in the garbage disposal. When operating the disposal, run water (preferably hot) briefly, before turning it on. Sometimes boiling water or a combination of vinegar and baking soda can loosen a clog. For bigger issues, call the professionals. Don’t simply dump chemicals down the drain and hope for the best.
Low water pressure
One of the most unpopular plumbing-related problems is low or no water pressure. If the problem is not from the source (e.g. the city utility), then it is most likely the result of clogged pipes and shower heads. Chemicals and minerals in water slowly start to build up in shower heads and aerators. If this is the case, a simple cleaning should fix the problem.
All of the above-mentioned problems can have a simple or complicated reason. If the problem is complicated, call Plumbing Authority to solve it. For any challenging plumbing issues, call us at (647) 992-7473 to get those pipes running again.