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Fixing Common Problems Found in Plumbing

Posted on: May 8th, 2013 by admin

Most of the time, the plumbing in your home runs just as it should. The washing machine fills up and cleans your clothes. The shower runs hot and drains quickly. The toilet flushes. However, it is to be expected that occasionally a plumbing problem will pop up. It is wise to be prepared for those instances by familiarizing yourself with common plumbing problems and simple repairs. Here are the basics on common problems found in plumbing.

  1. One common problem with plumbing is low water pressure. If you encounter low water pressure, first check to see whether both the hot and cold faucets are affected. If so, the cause of the problem is probably a blocked aerator. The running water leaves deposits of calcium that accumulate over time and can block the aerator. You can easily fix this by removing the aerator and cleaning it out. White vinegar is a great choice for cleaning out the aerator. Once you have cleaned it, just put it back on. You don’t even have to buy parts!
  2. Another plumbing problem that you may encounter is a tub or sink that isn’t draining properly. Often times, gunk accumulates around the stopper, like hair and soap scum. You can easily clean it out using a Zip-It. This is just a plastic strip that you stick down the drain. You can pick one up at many big box stores in the cleaning products section. Stick the Zip-It down the drain, yank it back out, and it will pull out lots of nasty gunk with it.
  3. At some point, everyone will be faced with a running toilet. There are several things that can cause the toilet to run, so you need to figure out which one you are dealing with. Check the overflow tube; if it’s filling with water, then you need to replace the overflow valve. Then check the flapper chain. If the chain is too short, it won’t let the flapper reach to seal the tank. If it’s too long, the chain can get tangled up and won’t seal. You can fix either of these issues just by adjusting the length of the chain. The final possibility is a leak in the flapper valve. Check this by adding food coloring to the water in the tank. If the food coloring appears in the toilet bowl after a few minutes, the flapper valve needs to be replaced.
  4. Finally, a jammed garbage disposal is a common issue. The garbage disposal actually comes with a little key that can be used to unjam it, but if you don’t have the key, you can use an Allen wrench. There is a small opening on the bottom of the garbage disposal. Insert either the key or a ¼ inch Allen wrench, and turn it in both directions. This will unlock the motor.

These are some common problems found in plumbing that you might encounter. Fortunately, these issues can all be resolved fairly easily. However, if you encounter a larger problem and need the assistance of a professional, call Orange County Plumbing. We handle all plumbing issues, whether they are large or small. We are available 24/7 including weekend, holidays, and at night; when you call us, we will be at your home within an hour to repair the problem. You can count on our 30 years of experience to get the job done correctly.

Call Us at  949.234.7345 (office hours) or 714.257.5691 (24 hours) for Emergency service

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