5 Most Common Plumbing Problems

A problem with plumbing can be any homeowner’s worst nightmare, especially since plumbing is something that we use every day, almost all day long. When there is a leak, a breakage, or a clog, most people do not know what to do in order to solve the problem, often making the problem worse than it actually is. While any large problem should fall to a professional plumber, there are several plumbing problems that even homeowners who are not particularly handy can tackle. They are as follows.

  1. No hot water, but plenty of cold water. If you have cold water, but no hot water, you most likely have a problem with your water heater. To fix this problem, check to see if your pilot light is lit. If not, light it (or call a professional to light it, if you don’t know how). Then, check to see if you temperature settings are high enough for the number of people that need to use hot water at any point of the day.
  2. Your drain is clogged. This is one of the most frustrating problems and usually crops up at the most inconvenient of times. If you know what is causing the clog, you can either remove it, or use chemical means to get rid of it. Be sure to read all of the instructions on the bottle of chemical before pouring it into your drain. If that does not solve your problem, call a professional.
  3. Leaks from pipes and faucets. When you have a leak from a faucet, you usually just have to replace a part or tighten a screw. In some cases, it may be necessary to replace the whole fixture. Some leaky pipes can also just be repaired, though in extreme cases, the pipe should be replaced.
  4. Toilets that won’t stop running. If you hear a constant humming noise in the bathroom or the sound of water running, check to make sure all of the mechanical parts are working properly, that there are no leaks, and that everything is sealing properly after a flush. If not, either replace the parts or call a professional.
  5. Garbage disposal not disposing. In most cases, if the garbage disposal simply refuses to work, it is because a piece has broken. Instead of repairing the part, replacing the entire disposal is generally the best way to go.

For more information about how to solve these plumbing problems and others, contact Kirkland & Shaw Plumbing & Heating today!

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