Plumbing problems can occur at any time, and when that happens, it can be devastating especially if it involves leakage in your plumbing system. Whenever plumbing problems, happen, it’s important that every household owner should know how to perform basic fixing so that the problem will be temporarily fixed until a professional plumber arrives on the scene. This will prevent any further damage to your plumbing system. So check out these common plumbing problems that may arise and how you can fix them.
Listen for dripping sounds – If you have a busy and noisy home, then a simple dripping sound can be easily missed. Even though that a dripping faucet won’t seem to waste huge amounts of water, each drop can contribute a lot to thousands of gallons of water that has been wasted. To resolve this, do the task sometime early in the morning or late at night so that everything will be quiet and you will be able to hear this noise in your house.
Look for signs of leakage along your walls or near your plumbing fixtures – If a pipe containing water becomes corroded, it can either develop cracks or loose fittings thus giving way to wasted water. Mold, darkened surfaces, or even puddles of water will start to form under these leaks. If ever the problem lies within the wall cavity, you may have to remove the plaster, wallboard, or panel to fix it. Whatever the case is, you should do it quick to avoid further damage to other areas in your home.
Check your water meter – Municipal water systems incorporates the use of meters to measure the volume of water that is being used and if you try to turn every faucets and other appliances that makes use of water in your home, the flow will increase. Find the water meter in your home, read how much of the amount is displayed, then wait for at least an hour or 2 to see if water has passed through even though you haven’t been using any at your home. If there are small leaks in your system, then it won’t budge the meter that much and it can be harder to detect if you use this technique.
Know what causes the “slow drain” problem – If the problem only occurs to a single sink, then it is likely that the individual pipe is causing the problem instead of the main line. So make sure that you troubleshoot your other sinks to see if they too are experiencing slow drains as well.
Try to flush any clogged drains with hot water – The first thing you should do to resolve this is plug the drain and then fill it with hot water. Let it stay like that for a while and after a few minutes, unplug it, and the water will pour into the drain then it will go straight to the clogged materials in the pipes. The hot water will dissolve them, and your pipes will return to flowing normally.