Sunday, March 29, 2020

Solving 3 of the Most Common Plumbing Problems

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March 29, 2020 - Sunday

Solving 3 of the Most Common Plumbing Problems:

Plumbing issues have a wide range of possibilities, from the relatively minor and inexpensive, such as a dripping faucet or running toilet, all the way to a sewer system backup or a major pipe leak capable of causing severe damage to walls, floors, and personal property. A study found that on average, most people call a professional plumber around once every three years. Common plumbing problems can include basic issues such as dripping faucets, all the way through to burst pipes. The good news is that Anthony’s Plumbing is available 24/7 locally for all your plumbing needs.

Here are three of the most common issues that can result in the need for plumbing work. You can prevent or minimize problems from occurring if you know the types of things that most often go wrong. More advanced problems will generally require the help of a professional plumber.

3 Most Common Plumbing Issues
  • Dripping faucets
  • Slow draining sink
  • Clogged bath or shower drain

1. Dripping Faucets
Dripping faucets are so common that it's rare to find someone who hasn't experienced this issue. It's not just a source of irritation; the waste of water can increase your water bill and cost you additional money. A single faucet can drip away hundreds of gallons over the course of a year.

The cause of dripping faucets in most cases is an internal washer that has become stiff, torn, worn, or dislodged over time. Fixing the problem is often achievable by the average householder, but it requires the correct tools. If you search YouTube for “How to Fix a Dripping Faucet” or “How to Fix a Leaky Faucet” you’ll find countless videos that show how to address the problem. As always, if you need additional help, Anthony’s Plumbing is here 24/7, so don’t be afraid to call.

2. Slow Draining Sink
This problem is normally caused by some sort of blockage that is restricting water flow. Your kitchen sink drain may contain things like congealed fat and food remnants. After making sure there is no silverware that slipped down the drain, try running water briefly and turn on your garbage disposal for a few seconds to see if that clears the problem. In a bathroom sink, the blockage is more likely to be caused by knotted hair and soap.

Methods for clearing a clogged sink might involve using a plunger, pouring baking soda and vinegar down the drain, using a chemical clog remover, or using a plumber's snake. If the problem isn't tackled, then it will likely worsen over time, until eventually the drain is completely blocked. At that point, if you feel you’ve run out of options, give us a call and we can help.

How to Unclog a Sink Drain Using Chemicals
  • Be sure to follow all the directions on the packaging and make sure not to use too much.
  • Wear gloves and goggles for safety.
  • Don't mix chemicals. This can produce poisonous gas.
  • Pour chemicals down the drain.

Note: Chemicals can cause damage to your drainage pipes if used repeatedly, so I would recommend not resorting to this method lightly. If there’s any questions in this regard, give us a call. It’s better to be safe than sorry.

3. Clogged Bath or Shower Drain
As with slow draining bathroom sinks, bath and shower drains generally get blocked up by clogs of hair and soap. Clearing the blockage may require the use of a plunger or a snake. Baking soda and vinegar can sometimes dissolve the clog too. The problem generally gets worse over time, if not dealt with. The problem can be prevented or minimized by buying a drain guard to catch the hair.

How to Unclog Your Shower Drain Using a Plunger
  • Adding petroleum jelly to the edge of the suction pad will improve the seal.
  • Make sure there is enough water in the shower so that the end of the plunger is submerged.
  • Make sure the plunger covers the drain as completely as possible.
  • Plunge vigorously.

If that doesn’t work, our number is 909-823-3807 and we are here 24/7 for all your plumbing needs.

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