4 Homeowner Advice for Handling Common Plumbing Issues

Home ownership is one of those things in life that is filled with its ups and downs. While it is wonderful and rewarding to own your own home, with it comes a list of expenses, issues, maintenance, and problems that you aren’t always prepared to deal with.

Sure there are steps you can take to help ensure that things keep running smoothly, but from time to time problems can pop up leaving you unsure of what your next step should be.

One of the issues that many homeowners face at some point or another is a problem with plumbing. Whether it is a minor problem like a clogged drain, or something more serious like a burst pipe, plumbing issues can cause some serious headaches and even expensive damage to deal with. Here we’ll take a look at some of the most common plumbing issues that can occur in the home, as well as how you can go about dealing with them.

1. A Clogged Sink

A clogged sink is easily one of the most common issues that homeowners will face in terms of plumbing problems. This can happen to a bathroom sink, the kitchen sink, or even your laundry basin. Depending on how bad the clog is the water may be slower than usual to drain, or it may not be able to drain at all. First things first, you will want to stop using the sink until you can address the clog. This will prevent things from getting worse and possibly causing an overflow if the water doesn’t drain.

Many people are quick to reach for drain cleaners, which contain chemicals meant to break down any materials that are clogging the drain pipes. While this can be effective, they are also quite strong and hazardous to use so they aren’t always the best option. Instead, for minor to moderate clogs you can use a mixture of salt, vinegar, and baking soda to pour down the sink. Give it a few minutes and then run hot water down the sink. It should be noted that it may take a few times before it works.

For more stubborn clogs, you can try using a metal coat hanger to pull the clog out, or a plunger to suck it out.  If none of these methods work, then it’s probably best to call a plumber.

2. Leaking Pipes

Here is an issue that can happen any time but tends to be a bit more common in the cold winter months. If you notice that your pipes are leaking, then you’ll want to take a close look at the joints. It could be that they aren’t sealed properly and need to be re-sealed. Keep in mind that water damage can get pretty costly to repair so you don’t want to leave this issue for long. Again, it’s always a good idea to call in a plumber if you are unsure of how to fix the problem.

3. The Toilet Keeps Running

Usually you can flush your toilet and you will hear the water suck down the drain, and then the tank will fill back up to its designated level. If however the toilet keeps running be prepared to see a rather large water bill. A running toilet can waste hundreds of litres worth of water each and every day. It may be that you need to replace parts in the toilet, or it could be a bigger issue. Common issues can be with the chain to the flapper not working properly, cracks or damage to the toilet flapper, the float arm may not be working, etc.

4. Don’t Take Chances

Plumbing issues are one of those things that can unfortunately strike at any time, and the typical homeowner doesn’t always have the skill, knowledge, and tools to fix it correctly. What this means is that it’s best not to take chances and instead call a plumber when in doubt.

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