Plumbing is one of those things we tend not to think about very much, even while you’re using it. When you turn on a bathroom faucet, you’re not thinking: “Ah, it’s nice to have bathroom plumbing that works.” Instead, you do what you came there to do: you’re your hands, brush your teeth, shave, etc.
Well, let’s say all of a sudden that faucet doesn’t do what it’s supposed to do, i.e., turn on! Then what comes to mind? “I have a problem, and I hope it doesn’t cost me any money to get it fixed.” Or thoughts of that ilk.
Bottom line, if you live in your home long enough, sooner or later you’re going to have one or more plumbing problems. The good news is that many of them can be prevented and, in some cases, you can “fix” the problem yourself, even if you have little if any handyman skill.
Here are five potential plumbing problems to remain aware of:
No hot water – Do you really need to call a plumber? Before you pick up the phone, first try the following:
- Make sure your pilot light is lit, assuming you have a gas water heater.
- Check the temperature setting on your water heater to make sure it’s high enough to heat your water comfortably and safely – 120 degrees is considered by most to be ideal.
- While you’re at it, make sure the water heater is receiving power.
Clogged drains – We’ll talk about how to prevent drain clogs in another blog, but for now, you want to know how to get rid of one. If normal and vigorous plunging isn’t working, try pouring a cup of baking soda down your drain, followed by a cup of white vinegar. Then let the mixture sit for at least 30 minutes before flushing the drain with hot water to see if your home-made solution did the trick.
Dripping faucets – Here’s where a tiny bit of DIY skill can come in handy as the solution might be as simple as replacing the washer. If you’re not sure how to get at the old washer, check your owner’s manual or look up the make and model online for self-help care instructions.
Leaking pipes – We all know that duct tape is a miracle cure for a lot of household woes, but not for a leaking pipe. This time, you really do want to call a professional plumber before the problem gets any worse. At the same time, you might want to have your water tested to see if you have excess mineral deposits that could have caused or contributed to the leak; if that’s the case, you would be well advised to seek advice on the right water treatment solution to help prevent any future problems.
Can’t fix it yourself? Well, we can, and we’ll be happy to help you out; all you have to do is call Plumbtastic now – no matter what the home plumbing problem or need might be.