Common Plumbing Problems

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Common Problems and Solutions

1.    Running Toilet

Although it’s not hugely serious, a running toilet is one of the most common problems you’re likely to encounter. The first thing to do is check the tank by lifting the cover off the back of the toilet. You should see a ball or If the water level is above the valve but the toilet isn’t filling when you flush, you’ll have a leak on your hands. A further test is to put some coloured dye into the tank, if it seeps into the bowl, it’s time to replace the ball and/or flapper. In other cases, flush the toilet and it might be obvious why it is playing up.

2.    Blocked Toilet

Until the South Korean wonder-product is available here, your best bet when it comes to unclogging the toilet is the plunger, but there are many other tools are your disposal. The first thing to try is to clear the blockage either with your hands if you can visibly see what is causing it (make sure you’re wearing gloves) or with a chemical drain cleaning product, which you can pour into the toilet – in many cases this will erode the blockage away, but it might take a little while for chemical in particular. Baking soda and vinegar is another concoction that might get the job done.

If neither this nor the plunger method is effective, try the plumbers’ snake method. Or if you don’t have one handy, even an uncoiled coat hanger can do the trick. Some blockages are really deep but can be dislodged fairly easily if you can push or jiggle them out of place. Basically it’s just a matter of inserting it into the toilet drain and twisting and manoeuvring it until the blockage comes unstuck.
If none of the above work, get on the phone and call up your local plumber.

3.    Blocked Sink

Unblocking a kitchen sink is quite similar to unblocking a toilet and you can follow the same steps. Obviously using a plunger is a good start point but you have to remember to plug other outlets with rags to make sure the pressure is at its highest. From there, you can try the vinegar and baking soda method. No luck, give it a go a snake or anger to dislodge the object. Following that you can try out the chemical method, but this should be a last grasp given that it can cause harm to the environment.

4.    Leaking Pipes

Whether it’s because your dishwasher was overloaded, the hot water system cracked it or it’s a classic case of a leaking pipe, any level of flooding in the home is not fun. The first thing is to turn off the valve connected to the pipe in question. Most of the time we’d suggest organising a temporary solution to the problem and going from there. A rubber cover, a clamp can usually and Teflon tape will usually hold smallish leaks until you can figure out whether you need to replace the pipe or not.

If you think that the pipe does need replacing straight away, you’ll need to go out and buy some new pipe according the measurements. Then you can cut out the damaged portion of the existing pipe, and depending on the type of pipe you are dealing with, you will need to either solder or connect the new part with the union piece.

Blockage problem is not a daily issue for a home owner. However if you ever face blocked toilet, drain blockage, leaking pipe, blocked sink etc., then you know how annoying it is to solve this problems. Here we have discussed some common problems with minimal solution. Our main aim was to provide a general guideline. Keep in mind that safety is always first priority. If you ever feel doubt about any plumbing issue then it’s a good idea to consult a local .
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