Does Your Home Have a Plumbing Problem?
A leaking faucet, clogged toilet, or smelly drain may indicate a large problem with your home’s plumbing.
A clogged toilet can be humiliating, and calling a plumber to fix it can seem excessive. However, a clogged toilet, backed-up drain, or unexpectedly high water bill may indicate a much larger problem.
Plumbing issues can be small, but they can be costly to both your home and your bank account. Take stock of the signs of the problem and what might be the cause before you put off calling a plumber for what appears to be a minor water-related issue.
Common Plumbing Issues
Slowly draining bathroom sink or tub.
Hair is usually the problem. And a simple fix involves a coat hanger and straightening it out, putting a little half-inch hook on there and try to get it out.
Toothpaste is another common cause for a bathroom sink clog.
Slowly draining kitchen sink.
Food or grease buildup is the most common cause of a slow draining sink in the kitchen. Using hot water or a plunger to break it down; baking soda and vinegar may also help.
If you discover a pipe that’s leaking, it needs immediate attention. So it’s good to call a plumber to determine the source of the problem.
If you’ve completely switched off a faucet but it continues to leak, there are a few possibilities. A common cause is the washer in the faucet handle needs replacing, or a it can also be caused by the O-ring or the stem of the faucet.
No water on a cold day.
If you turn on a faucet in the middle of winter and nothing comes out, or the toilet bowl doesn’t get fresh water after you flush, you can have a frozen water supply line. If you don’t take care of the problem right away, you might end up with a big problem like a burst pipe.
Loss of water pressure.
If you have low water pressure in your shower, it’s possible that you just need to clean or repair your shower head; vinegar can help dissolve any mineral deposits that have built up.
Water coming from appliances.
If you see water coming from under your washing machine or dishwasher when it’s running, the issue is most likely with the water supply or drain lines connected to the appliance.
Bad smells coming from the drain.
A nasty smell coming from your drain is most often a dried-out P-trap in a drain, allowing the smell of the sewer to come up.
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