Every homeowner must have experienced problems with their plumbing systems. These problems can either be repaired by homeowners themselves or need the expertise of professionals. There are also some problems that can be considered common despite the level of difficulty in fixing it. Every common problem also has a common solution.
Dripping faucets. A dripping faucet also drives your water bill higher. A single faucet can release hundreds of gallons of water per year. Turn off the tap, rubber or silicone-based washers from a water-tight seal that prevents more water from pushing its way through the pipes and out of the faucet. Over time, washers can become stiff, torn or dislodged, allowing a tiny trickle of water through and creating that annoying drip. Whilst you can replace washers yourself, the repair job can be more of a challenge than you might expect without specialised tools. If the leak has gone on long enough, the valve seat may become worn or corroded, forcing us to do a more involved repair that’s best left to a professional plumber.
Low water pressure. When water that should gush only trickles from the tap, you have low pressure. A more common cause of this problem is a build-up of deposits or sediment on faucet aerators. The water entering your pipes carries dissolved minerals in it that eventually deposit themselves on metal surfaces. Most kitchen faucets have easily removed aerators that just unscrew from the tip of the faucet for easy cleaning. Shower heads and bathroom faucets may not be as easy to remove, but you can affix a plastic bag filled with vinegar to the shower overnight to clean it. Sudden and significant reduction in pressure with no known cause merits a call to a licensed 24 hour plumber Brisbane who can pinpoint the reason for the change.
Running toilet. Toilets typically run when the flapper valve that lets water pass from the tank to the bowl no longer fits properly, the float is imbalanced or the fill tube comes loose. Toilet repair kits work for most models and require little effort to install. Higher water bills could also indicate a silent leak. To detect a silent leak in your toilet, add a few drops of food colouring to the upper tank and wait 15 to 20 minutes. Look in the bowl for any hint of colour; if you see tinted water, your flapper valve isn’t working as it should.
Leaky pipes. Whether your regular inspection reveals a puddle under a pipe or you get an unpleasant surprise when you reach under your sink, leaks can be a costly nuisance. Although replacing a leaky U-joint under your sink isn’t a complex repair, it is a messy one. You may want to have a professional handle it for you to save the clean-up time. Until the plumber can get to your leak, use a compression clamp and a rubber sheet or leak tape. These temporary repairs keep water from leaking but are easily removed when it’s time for a permanent solution.
Slow/clogged drains. When the water that goes into your sink, tub or toilet won’t go out, you probably have a partial or complete clog. In these cases, your trusty plunger can fix the problem. Plungers use air pressure to dislodge a clog, but they can’t remove it entirely. Shine a flashlight into the drain and see if you can spot the problem. A pair of pliers or tweezers might be able to reach a clump of hair or fallen bottle cap that’s obstructing your pipes. Commercial drain cleaners and clog removers are safe for most drains for occasional use, but these materials can damage some pipe materials if used too frequently. If you’re dealing with clogs on a regular basis, it’s time to call a plumber.