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Be it because you have designed your bathroom and kitchen yourself, or because the plumbing fixtures in your home are old and showing signs of wear and tear, you might have come across a few issues that might need your attention or that of a professional plumber. Such issues come in all shapes and sizes, from the minor inconvenience of a leaky faucet to more frustrating problems, such as low water pressure from your shower or a slow-running sink.
We are going to have a look at a few common home plumbing problems here, so take a look, and follow our suggestions the next time you come across any of them in your home.
#1: A leaky faucet
A minor inconvenience it might be, but not only can the sound of dripping water drive you towards insanity when you’re trying to get to sleep at night, but the wastewater will also drive up your water bill!
In most cases, the cause behind your leaky faucet is an internal washer that has become damaged or dislodged, and you can probably fix it yourself if you can identify the type of faucet you have and you have the right tools available. Follow this step-by-step guide if you have the DIY knowhow to give it a go, but if you are in any way uncertain, do the sensible thing and call out a professional.
#2: Low water pressure
Have you ever stood under a shower with nothing but a trickle to wash your hair? Have you struggled to wash your dishes after dinner because it takes an age for your taps to fill your washing up bowl? These are both symptoms of low water pressure and can be incredibly frustrating (and time-consuming).
If you are living in an older home, your pipes may have become corroded or worn over time. A plumber will be able to assess the situation for you and make the necessary repairs. You might also want to ask a plumber to check your water pump as you may need to replace it if it’s not working at optimal capacity, perhaps with a water pressure booster system to improve your water flow. On the other hand, you might not need to call out a plumber at all, as if you have recently completed renovation work in your kitchen or bathroom, you might not have opened your water valves fully, so check them before calling out a professional.
#3: A slow-draining sink
Not only is a slow-draining sink an inconvenience, but it might be a symptom of a larger issue with your drains. Usually, the problem is because of a blockage within your pipes. In your kitchen, this might be because of food remnants and congealed fat that you have emptied into your sink. In your bathroom, with regards to your sink, bath, and shower, the blockage might be because of loose strands of hair and pieces of soap. Now, you could buy a chemical product from your local supermarket, but for cheaper and more eco-friendly alternatives, you might want to use natural homemade drain cleaners with items that you may already have at home. Still, if the problem is persistent, then you might need to call out a plumber for a deeper inspection into your drains.
We haven’t described every plumbing issue here, and we haven’t even covered every solution, but we hope our article has been useful to you regardless. Continue your research online, and let us know your ideas for dealing with the problems we listed here.