Most Common Plumbing Problems and How to Fix Them
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If you’re like most homeowners, you probably have a list of plumbing problems that you can’t solve. Maybe your sink is leaking water all over the floor, or there’s a constant noise from your shower. No matter the problem, there’s a good chance that fixing it will cost you. But don’t worry – we’re here to help. This article will discuss the most common plumbing problems and how to fix them. From fixing faucets and pipes to resetting your water meter, we’ll cover everything you need to know to get your home back in order.
- Slow-draining sinks and toilets
- Leaks in the system
- Water spilling onto the floor
- Water running continuously
- Clogged drains lines
- Frozen pipes
- Burst water mains
Slow-draining sinks and toilets
Leaks in the system
Water spilling onto the floor
Water spilling onto the floor can be caused by various things, from a cracked pipe to a faulty faucet. In most cases, fixing the problem requires replacing the broken part or equipment. If water is continuously spilling out of an open faucet, using vaseline or another sealant around the picket may help reduce excessive dripping.
To fix water overflowing from under your sink:
1) Turn off the main water supply at the breaker box
2) Unscrew the valve that supplies the sink with liquid (usually at the baseboard near the drain), if applicable
3) Locate and remove any object obstructing the sink drain (usually a large pipe, dish drainer, or baking sheet)
4) Clear area around sink of all obstruction(s), including fallen dishes, furniture, etc.
5) Screw in the new valve and tighten by hand if necessary
6) Turn on the main water supply and wait a few minutes for the sink to fill up before using
Water running continuously
Clogged drain lines
If your water isn’t moving through your pipes, there’s a good chance that they’re frozen. You’ll need to thaw the pipes using a hair dryer or immersion heater to fix this problem. Once thawed, use an extension hose to clear any debris that may have buildup in the pipe and flush out any gunk or debris that has been collected in the pipe. If the garbage disposal is inactive because of freezing, turn it off and allow it to warm up before restarting it.
To prevent frozen pipes from happening again in the future, keep your property well-insulated and ensure that all of your pipes are properly insulated. If freezing is a common issue in your home, invest in an excellent de-icing product to help take care of the problem quickly.