Tips for Troubleshooting Basic Plumbing Problems

Tips for Troubleshooting Basic Plumbing Problems

Not every plumbing problem requires a phone call for residential plumbing services. Most minor plumbing problems are an easy do-it-yourself fix, as long as you are able to follow directions. Here's 5 plumbing problems that you can tackle on your own.

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If you're tired of jiggling that toilet handle to get your toilet work right, you can replace or fix its inner workings all on your own. The fill tube might be loose, the float may be imbalanced or the flapper valve isn't fitting properly. You can try to adjust the valve and float by pulling up on the float with your hand. If that doesn't stop the toilet from running, you may have to replace the whole refill valve assembly. You can buy these do-it-yourself kits at just about any hardware store. Plus, they come with directions if you're not too handy.

Leaky Pipes

Leaks can be a costly nuisance and are often revealed with a puddle under the kitchen or bathroom pipes. You may be able to fix the problem with some fitting compounds or commercial joint fillers from your local hardware store. However, it's likely just a temporary fix. Likely, you'll need to replace the u-joint under the sink. And although it's a messy repair, it's not a complex one.

Clogged or Slow Drains

Often, that trusty plunger you have hanging around can fix a slow or clogged drain. These gadgets use air pressure to dislodge a clog. You can also use a drain cleaner to remove a clog. Another tip is to use a flashlight to spot the problem and use tweezers or pair of pliers to remove the obstruction, such as fallen bottle cap or clump of hair.

Low Water Pressure

The buildup of sediment or deposits on faucet aerators can cause low water pressure. On kitchen faucets, you can easily remove the aerator by unscrewing from the tip of the aerator. Soaking it overnight in a simple vinegar solution will often fix the problem. You can also do this with shower heads.

Dripping Faucets

If your faucet is dripping, you may be able to fix it by replacing the washers yourself with a do-it-yourself kit from any hardware store. Just keep in mind that if the valve seat is corroded or worn, you just might need a professional plumber from a residential plumbing services company like Stahl Plumbing.

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