How to Troubleshoot Plumbing Problems

bucket under burst pipe

No one wants to deal with a plumbing emergency, but sometimes they are just unavoidable. Some plumbing problems will require a professional plumbing company to fix them, but other issues don’t require as much skill and can be handled in a DIY manner. If you’re in doubt, it’s always better to be safe than sorry and call a skilled plumber. But, if you think you are up to the task, you might be able to save some money by fixing it yourself! We would like to share some common plumbing issues with you and ways you can fix them.

Faucets are Leaking

A leaky faucet might not seem like the end of the world, but keep in mind that even a slow drip can have a major impact on your water bill. Don’t ignore a drip! Leaking faucets can be caused by multiple things, but the most common cause is a faulty seal. To fix it, try turning off the water supply. Next, you’ll need to determine what type of faucet you have so you know what parts you’ll need to buy. Here’s a great article on how to fix the major types of faucets. A part known as the seat washer is usually the culprit, so determine what size seat faucet your faucet requires and head to your local hardware store.

Broken Pipes

If you notice reduced water pressure, a sewer-like smell, and unexplained damp patches in your yard, you might have a broken pipe. Depending on where you live, it might be the city’s responsibility to fix a broken pipe, so keep that in mind. This is something you’ll definitely want to call a plumber to check out.

Low Water Level in the Toilet

If you notice the toilet bowl isn’t filling up with much water, try bending the float arm in the toilet’s tank a little bit upwards. Hopefully, this will let more water to fill the tank. If there’s enough water in the tank but it’s just not making it to the toilet bowl, check the tank ball, which is on the flush valve. You might need to reconfigure it.

Drains are Slow

If multiple drains seem slow, you probably have a block somewhere in the main water supply. In this case, you should probably call a plumber. If it’s just one drain that is clogged, you can try to fix it yourself. Use a plunger to try to dislodge whatever is causing the blockage. If the clog persists, there are home remedies you can try, like pouring baking soda and vinegar down the drain to try to dissolve the blockage. Or, you could use a coat hanger to try to fish out the object.

Sun Plumbing has been serving Brevard County since 1974. Our team of professional plumbers in Melbourne, FL can handle any plumbing issue, from a water heater repair to cracked pipes and bathroom remodels. If you live in Melbourne, Palm Bay, Viera, or the surrounding beach towns, give us a call today to fix any of your plumbing problems.

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