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5 Most Common Home Plumbing Issues

By February 2, 2018 No Comments

Know the problems you’ll likely face and what you can do about them.

Running Toilets

A running toilet can waste up to 200 gallons of water a day! Luckily, fixing a running toilet is usually a quick fix. All toilets have mechanisms called flappers. The flapper is what seals the tank of your toilet so it can fill up. If the flapper isn’t working properly, the chain to the flapper is worn out, or if the flapper itself is too old and loses grip, you may be in need of a new one. The chain and flapper can easily be replaced without calling a plumber. But before you run off to the nearest home improvement store to replace it, try jiggling the handle and pulling the chain first!

Stuck Garbage Disposal

Sometimes, garbage disposals just get stuck. Before calling a technician out to fix it, you should try to unclog it yourself. There are plenty products on the market to DIY this issue, but also professional hands will work too! Before you start trying to fish debris out of the compartment, you will want to turn off the power to the disposal. You don’t want your disposal to turn on while your hand is down there!

Low Water Pressure

Low water pressure makes for a less than satisfying shower. But you don’t need to keep suffering; there’s plenty of ways to fix a pressure issue. For all the ways to remedy low water pressure, read our full post about water pressure issues.

Leaky Pipes

An unnoticed leaky pipe will certainly cost you! If you have an abnormally high water bill, it’s likely you’ve got a leak on your hands. Like with most other problems, it’s best not to procrastinate when repairing a leaky pipe. Check out more information on how to spot a leaky pipe on our blog.

Failing Water Heater

Have you found yourself in a cold shower recently? Your water heater may be broken and need replacing. If you’ve had your water heater over for 10 years or more, have your ears open for cracking or popping sounds and inspect your water heater frequently. If you want more signs to look for, read our blog post about aging water heaters here.

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