5 Tips for Fixing Common Plumbing Issues

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Plumbing issues are no joke. They can be bothersome because they cause terrible smells, they appear as minor inconveniences at first and then become major problems later.

They also aren’t easy to fix once things get out of hand. That’s why it’s important to be aware of some of the most common plumbing issues so that when things do start to get dicey, you’ll know what to do.

More importantly, you’ll know when to call a professional plumber.

Check out this list of 5 tips and tricks for fixing common plumbing issues in your home.

1. Low Water Pressure

This goes without saying. When you have low water pressure issues, you’re going to have to do a bit of digging to find the culprit. You’ll want to know what to ask your plumber, too.

The first thing you’ll want to do is check your sink or your faucet. If both your hot and cold water systems are acting strange, your aerator is the likely culprit.

To know for certain if it’s the aerator, you’ll notice it will either take too long for your desired water temperature to settle in or it may be too hot or too cold too quickly.

Luckily, this is an easy fix. All you have to do is:

  • Remove the aerator
  • Clean it (remove any gunk or buildup)
  • Put it back on

Once you clean your aerator, the problem should go away. If this doesn’t work, your problem might be more complicated. Chances are, it may be best to call a plumber and have them investigate the issue for you.

2. Draining Sink Is Slow

This is another simple and common issue. The pop-up can collect a lot of hair over time and the gunk can clog up the passage for the water to get through.

You can:

  • Remove the pop-up and clean it
  • Use plumbing tools like Zip-it to clean the drain

If you find you are having trouble removing the pop-up, you can unscrew it by hand or with pliers. It should be easy to put back in once it is taken care of.

3. The Toilet Is Running

No, there’s a good chance your toilet is never going to get up and run away in protest. Instead, the issue is running water. It just keeps going and going and going and doesn’t ever seem to stop.

There are some replacements and fixes you can do to make this stop:

  • Buy a new toilet fill valve
  • Buy a new flapper
  • Buy a new flush valve

If you don’t know how to install these new toilet parts, consider calling your plumber to help you decide what you’ll need and how to install it.

4. The Water In the Tub Won’t Go Down the Drain

This is another common issue. The water in your tub shouldn’t sit there after you take a bath. It should swirl down your drain as soon as you unblock its passage.

There could be excess hair or gunk in your bathtub drain. Some of the great tools you can use to combat this issue include:

  • Zip-it tool
  • A pair of needles
  • Pliers

Be sure to clear up your drain on a regular basis after tackling this issue. Gunk can buildup pretty quickly depending upon how often your tub is used.

5. Cracked Water Heater

The last thing you want is a bunch of sediment building up in your water heater, but it, unfortunately, can happen frequently if you aren’t careful.

When the sediment builds up in your water heater, it can crack, leak, or both.

One solution to this is attaching a garden hose to its drain valve, then take the opposite end outside. Open one of your home’s hot water faucets (slightly), then let the water drain outside.

You may notice a ton of debris. If you do, perfect. You just fixed your water heater.

Did You Find This Information About Common Plumbing Issues Useful?

If so, be sure to let us know what you think. We know that common plumbing issues can be a real drag and the solutions aren’t always easy.

Be sure to contact your local plumber if you’re ever unsure about the source of your plumbing problem.

And check out more articles like this one on our blog!