Most Common Plumbing Problems

Posted By Eco Plumbers

8 Jan. 2014

Plumbing problems are not only a nuisance; they can end up costing you a lot of money. Having a sink or irrigation system that continually drips can increase your water bill and cause damage to your appliances and your landscape. Many common plumbing problems can be remedied by the homeowner, but often the problem has progressed and you will need the assistance of a professional. The three most common plumbing problems are:

Low Water Pressure

Low water pressure is a frequent complaint both in the shower and at the kitchen sink. It is important to first find out if the low water pressure is only being affected by the hot or cold water or if both are producing low water pressure. Since calcium deposits can build up in the faucet aerator and reduce water pressure, the most common solution if both the hot and cold water have low pressure is to clean or replace the aerator. This task can normally be done by the homeowner and does not require the assistance of a professional plumber. To clean the aerator, simply remove it from the base of the faucet, clean out any debris and buildup, and replace it on the end of the faucet. If the low water pressure is only affected by either the hot or the cold water, you will need to call a professional plumber in Columbus to come in and assess your situation.

Slow Draining Sink or Tub

Another very common complaint in the plumbing business is that a sink or tub is draining too slowly. Hair and debris can get caught in the pop-up that is used to stop the sink or the tub. To get the drain moving again, the debris will need to be cleaned out. This can be done by either using a liquid that eats away at the clog, or by removing the pop-up and cleaning it out. Most sink and tub pop-ups are held in place with a nut attached to the drain and can be unscrewed by hand or with pliers. The snake is another tool that plumbers will use when a clog is too deep in a drain to be reached by removing the pop-up, or is too strong for the liquid. Cleaning out the debris in the sink and tub drain on a regular basis is a good idea to keep your drains flowing smoothly.

Running Toilet

Probably the most common plumbing complaint is a continually running toilet. The first step is to figure out why the toilet is running. Normally, running toilets do not require the assistance of a professional plumber and can be easily fixed by a homeowner. Once you have found the cause of the running toilet you can easily repair or replace it to stop the running water. The three most common replacements that will need to be done to stop the toilet from running are to replace a fill valve, a flapper, or a leaky flush valve. Most home improvement stores carry kits to replace any of these toilet components to get your toilet to stop running.

Whether your toilet will not stop running, if your sinks refuse to drain, or if you are suffering from low water pressure in the shower, the professionals at Eco-Plumbers can get the job done quickly.

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