Common plumbing problems and their solutions
Disclaimer: Some of the repairs written below may seem simple but it is always recommended that you hire a professional.
THAT DARN TOILET!!!
Toilet keeps running...
- When your toilet's water keeps running it's usually only three things.
1. In your tank there's a rubber seal. If this is worn out than it will constantly allow water into your toilet bowl. To repair, replace the seal!
2. The chain attached to the rubber seal is too tight. To repair, take the chain off and put it back on looser.
3. Your ballcock (lol i know...) is either malfunctioning or is set wrong. To repair, twist the screw until the float is set at the height in which the water stops running. Otherwise you will have to replace the whole ballcock (which needs to be done by a professional).
HOT WATER HORRORS!!
Not enough hot water...
- If you seem to not have enough hot water it could be one of the following.
1. Dip tube in your hot water heater has broken off. To replace this you need to take out the nipple for the cold inlet on your tank. Once that is out replace with the new dip tube.
2. Malfunctioning thermostat on hot water heater. We recommend to call a profession for this repair.
3 Pilot is out on your hot water heater. This problem could be as simple as re-lighting the pilot. It could also be something more serious like a malfunctioning gas valve.
4. Malfunctioning gas valve. We recommend that you call a professional plumber.
Too much hot water....
Too hot of water can be because of the following.
1. Thermostat is turned up too high. Simply go to your tank and turn down the temperature on the gas valve.
2. Malfunctioning thermostat. We recommend you call a professional plumber.
COME ON CLOG!!!
Just about every clog can be cured with a plumbing auger (snake). All you need to know is where to put the auger in...
1. The sink. There should be a cleanout underneath the cabinet. It will have a cover on it with either a large nut to unscrew or two smaller nuts.
2. The toilet. If you can't solve this with a plunger than you need to snake it. There is a special kind of snake that has a hook on it and is used for toilets. If you still can't fix the problem you may need a new toilet.
3. The floor drain. This one is simple. Just take off the cover and snake out the piping.
Make sure you do not get the snake jammed in the pipes or you will be in some major trouble. If in doubt call a professional plumber.
The dripping faucet or bath spout is most likely the most annoying problem home owners encounter. Luckily it can be fixed. Here's how...
1. The leak from a sink tap is usually because of the seat washer. Make sure your water valves are turned off. You will need to take off your handle cover if its a dual handle faucet. Inside you will need to take the packing out and there will be a rubber washer. The washer is what will be damaged and need the replacing.
2. For a single handle faucet. Turn off water valves. Loosen the set screw and take off the handle. Remove the packing. Replace the o-rings.
3. Fixing a leaky bath spout. Take off the trim and handle of the center control. There will be a plastic cartridge inside. Pull the old one out and replace with a new one.