Even the most professional plumbing maintenance inspection jobs would not eliminate the occasional leak or clog, particularly in older houses. High water tables can cause septic system woes that could impact drains and toilets. A lot of these common problems can be easily addressed.
A faucet dripping in the room next to you or a kitchen sink posing problems that you don’t have a real solution to can be quite annoying and could keep you awake throughout the night. Dripping faucets also mean an inflated water bill. A faucet could send several hundred gallons of water each year down the drains if you accumulate the drops.
Water entering your house through the pipes is under constant pressure. When the tap is turned off, silicone- or rubber-based washers create a water-tight closure that mitigates any more water from forcing its way via the pipes and outside the faucet. With time, washers could turn stiff, become dislodged or get torn, letting through minute trickles of water and causing that annoying dripping sound. While replacing those washers is quite straightforward, repairing the thing could be a bit trickier, particularly if you don’t have specialized tools handy.
Also called canister or disc taps, ceramic taps use hard-wearing ceramic plates that attach to each other well to create a seal. Although their maintenance requirements are lesser compared to rubber washers, repairing the thing is a bit more complex compared to basic washer replacement. If your tub or sink is lever-operated instead of having those individual knobs, you most likely have a canister tap or ceramic disc.
Low Water Pressure
When water that should ideally gush only trickles, it means the water has low pressure. This issue may not necessarily be due to your house’s pipes – municipal water supply could be the cause too. Though rare, a mainline break could decrease water pressure in your house temporarily. More common causes are faucet aerator sediments or deposit build-ups.
The water that enters your pipes comprises dissolved minerals that attach themselves to metal surfaces eventually. If your house has a filtration setup, these deposits end up in those filters that get changed. Kitchen faucets usually come with easy-to-remove aerators that can be unscrewed from the faucet’s tip for easy cleaning. Removing the aerator and letting it soak in vinegar overnight would invariably disintegrate the calcium deposits. Removing bathroom faucets and showerheads could be a bit tough, but a vinegar-filled plastic bag can be attached to the showerhead the night before for cleaning purpose.
A breach or leak in the pipes that lead into your house is basically an emergency that could hamper the foundation or infrastructure of your house. A major and sudden decrease in water pressure without any known cause warrants a licensed plumber who would look into the thing and pinpoint the actual cause.
Typically, toilets run because the flapper valve meant to let the water pass to the bowl from the tank doesn’t fit properly anymore. As a result, the float becomes imbalanced, or the tube goes loose. A toiler repair kit would work in most scenarios and need minimal to zero installation effort.
However, the toilet could be running for more complicated reasons. If you have replaced the float apparatus, fill tube and flapper, you could have sediments hurting proper filling and flushing. Increased water bills may also mean a leak somewhere.
Whether a puddle beneath a pipe shows up during regular inspection or you are unpleasantly surprised when reaching under the sink, leaks could be both annoying and expensive to repair. Leaks typically occur at joints, which explains why commercial fitting compounds and joint fillers occupy so much space in most local hardware stores’ shelves. That said, these items offer a temporary solution. A permanent Coquitlam plumbing reparation could mean replacing the pipe’s fittings or its length.
Although repairing or replacing leaky U-joints underneath your sink isn’t that complex, the job is sure messy. A professional looking into the matter would help save clean-up time. Use a rubber sheet, compression clamp and/or leak tape until the plumber arrives to address the leak. These short-term repairs ensure water doesn’t spray out but gets removed easily when a long-term solution arrives.
Clogged or Slow Drains
When the water entering your sink, toilet, or tub doesn’t exit; you most likely have a complete or partial clog. In several cases, the trusty plunger would suffice. Plungers employ air pressure for dislodging a clog; however, they cannot completely remove the clog. Commercial clog removers and drain cleaners usually do the job for occasional usage. But these materials are caustic and could damage pipe materials if frequently used. If clogs have become a recurring issue, you must get the pro into the picture.
Even if the clog is partial, pipe debris could slow down drainage considerably. Look into the drain using a flashlight and check if you could detect the issue. A couple of tweezers or pliers could help reach a hair clump or a bottle cap that’s hindering the pipes. Install drain screens to mitigate detritus from getting inside your drains.
DIY Plumbing Repair Tips
Turn the water main off before you attempt any repair.
You’ll most likely get wet; dress accordingly. Plumbing repair and maintenance can be quite messy, even if you are extremely careful.
The ‘measuring twice and cutting once’ saying applies to washers, pipes, and other fittings, along with carpentry. Whenever possible, take components requiring replacement to the local hardware store so that you know you are purchasing the right replacement.
Always have the contact number of a professional plumber handy. The amount may not always be needed, but you would thank yourself for having stored the plumber’s name every time a valve snaps off, or your kitchen has a geyser.
When to Call the Pros
Some problems are too complicated or hazardous to address yourself. Therefore, get a certified plumber on-board for the following jobs if you are particular about your house’s safety:
• Installation of new sinks, tubs or pipes
• Water heater issues
• New construction requiring building permits
• Leaks in the septic tank
• Sewer line leaks or breaks