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The Most Common Plumbing Problems and How to Fix Them

Common Plumbing Problems and Their Fixes

Plumbing issues are a common occurrence in homes all over the world. While not all problems are able to be solved with a DIY solution, there are some things you can do to address common plumbing failures in your home.

Plumbing problems can also be avoidable with some preventative measures. These include watching what goes down the drain and through your pipes, keeping an eye out for leaks, and more.

But when something goes wrong, what can be done? Here are some tips on some easy-to-fix plumbing issues at home.

A Clogged or Slow Drain

Clogged drains are never fun. You need functioning drains in order to run a safe, healthy, and convenient home.

A slow drain can also be a nuisance. Slow drains are not full blockages, but partial clogs that reduce water flow and make it harder to use your drain. Many people ignore slow drains because they can still use them, even if it’s annoying. But slow drains are less complicated than full clogs, and can usually be fixed with a home remedy.

If you have a slow or completely blocked drain, try common home remedies like vinegar and baking soda, or boiling water. Avoid using chemical drain cleaners, as these will corrode your pipes and lead to bigger issues down the line. You can also try using a drain snake or similar device to manually remove clogs.

A Leaky Faucet

A faucet leak (including showerheads and bathtub faucets) can come from several places. There may be a leak in the body, with water pooling on your counter. It could also come from the handles if separate from the body. A leak can also come from the spout. No matter where it comes from, water leaking from your faucet is costing you money and could be causing damage to your home.

For a leaking faucet, there is likely a mechanical issue within the fixture, especially if it was working normally before. A leak usually comes from a broken o-ring. O-rings are gaskets that help seal the water path within the faucet so it doesn’t leak. These are rubber rings that you can find in any home improvement store. Just ensure the ring is the same size and fits tightly in place.

Extra tip: When taking apart your faucet, line everything up in order of reassembly and keep everything in one place. This way, you’ll have an easier time putting your faucet back together!

Water Flow Issues

Aside from leaks, you may have general issues with your water flow. This could be low water pressure, delayed hot water, a lack of hot water, and more. While these issues may be out of your capacity to fix, there are some things you can do to solve what may just be a simple problem.

If you have low water pressure, check the connections around your water line. Is your water valve fully open? Are there any leaks in your water line? Is the pressure low on all faucets or just one? These are key questions to determine the issue.

To fix low water pressure, first, make sure all the valves are fully open. The issue may also stem from a bad regulator, which controls the flow of water from the source into your home. You can buy an inexpensive tester to see if your pressure is actually low (around 60 psi is the ideal number).

If these issues don’t fix the problem, you’ll need to have a professional plumber investigate, as there may be a problem with your main water line.

Over 20 Years of Service

We’ve seen many DIY attempts go wrong, so we know what it takes to fix common plumbing problems in your home. Contact the Rainforest Plumbing and Air team today at (602) 755-2995 to learn more about how we can help you.