Sooner or later, every home will face one or the other plumbing problem. A dipping kitchen faucet, banging pipes or a running toilet are very common plumbing problems. Some of these issues have simple fixes and you will be able to attend to this yourself. However, there are some issues like concealed pipe repairs that you will not be able to deal with. You will have to call in a professional plumber to have it fixed. Let’s take a quick look at the common plumbing problems:
Noisy Pipes– noisy pipes or water hammer is a common household plumbing problem. This noise might start out as a soft tapping and could progress onto being a loud hammering. Loose pipes, water inside air chambers or very high water pressure is the cause of these noises. A plumber will have to be called in for pipe repair and a thorough check will have to be carried out on the plumbing system.
Dripping Faucets– There are different types of faucets in the kitchen and bathroom. The compression faucets have washers that can get worn out with repeated use. In some cases, the threads of the washer get worn out which leads to the water leakage. In this case, the washer will have to be replaced and a pair of pliers and a screwdriver is all that is required.
The ball and disc faucets generally have just one handle. These faucets are more durable than the compression variety. However, in the event of a leak, the entire unit will have to be replaced.
Clogged Pipes– A clogged pipe can lead to back-flow of water in a sink or toilet. There is always an elbow-shaped pipe under the bathroom or kitchen sink. It traps dirt and debris and may clog over a period of time. You can try using a plunger and an enzyme-based drain cleaner. If that doesn’t work unscrew the elbow and remove all the debris.
In case of a toilet block, use a plunger. This generally does the trick. Alternatively, you can use a plumbing snake to unclog it. If none of these things help, call in a plumber.
Leaking Shower Heads– This is another very common plumbing problem. If there are any leaks near the arms, the washer will have to be replaced. The shower head has to be unscrewed from its adjusting ring. If you find a variation in the water pressure in the shower, a mineral build-up might be the cause of it. Clean all the perforations and the inside of the shower head and also apply some petroleum jelly on the shower ball.
Running Toilets– There are times when the valve system breaks or wears out. In some cases, all that is required is to fix the chain back on the hook. It is also possible to replace the entire internal mechanism.