6 Common Plumbing Questions Answered


A leaky faucet is like a song stuck in your head – once it’s there, it’s going to torture you until it’s gone. Here are some tips for those and other common plumbing annoyances.

How Do You Fix A Running Toilet?

In most cases, a running toilet is caused by the flapper in the bottom of the tank, which is replaceable. In some cases, the chain may be too long and get caught under the flapper. It should be long enough to run from the lever arm to the top of the flapper but not pull on it.

How Can I Lower My Water Bill?

Purchasing water-efficient shower heads and toilets are very common ways to quickly lower water bills. In addition, fix drips and leaks as soon as possible and purchase an energy-efficient washing machine.

Why Am I Not Getting Hot Water?

If you have a water heater older than 10 years (the typical life expectancy), it will probably require a plumber to take a look to determine the problem. In this case, replacing your water heater may be the best way to go. Other causes may be a damaged thermostat or heating element because of a power surge or lightning strike. If you turn up the temperature and your water doesn’t get hotter, it’s time to call in a plumber.

How Do I Fix A Jammed Garbage Disposal?

This is one of the most common kitchen plumbing problems. You may be able to free up the object causing the problem with an Allen wrench, but otherwise it’s best to stop using it in order to prevent further damage. It could be worn out or broken bearings. While your garbage disposal takes a break, make sure nobody scrapes food into it.

How Do I Fix A Clogged Drain?

Usually drains are clogged by a foreign objects, hair or soap/shampoo residue. While common, it’s not advised to use a strong, chemical drain cleaner to take care of a clogged drain. Not only can it be dangerous to children and pets, it can damage your pipes.

What Causes A Dripped Faucet?

Usually the internal workings of the faucet is the cause of a leak, which is relatively easy to fix. These issues may include the O ring, a corroded valve seat, a worn out washer (or improper installation of it), loose parts or worn out seals.

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