Category: Residential Plumbing

Fixing A Leaky Water Faucet

November 2, 2015

Leaky Water FaucetWhether you own your own home, or rent a house or an apartment, there are certain things that you’re going to need to take care of. These are generally small situations that don’t quite justify hiring a professional. Simple repairs, such as fixing a shelf or replacing a door frame often fall under this heading.

Remember though, sometimes it makes perfect sense to contact a professional for advice and help with your home plumbing problems.

Minor plumbing problems also tend to fall under this heading. Things like a clogged toilet or a clogged sink are the sort of thing that you can take care of on your own, and so calling a plumber might be a little bit too much. However, there are a few things that are just on the edge. They may be simple, but you’ve got no idea how to do them. You’re fairly certain you can take care of the problem, but you’re not entirely certain. Fixing a leaky water faucet is exactly this type of situation. It always seems as though fixing a leaky water faucet should be a simple, easy to do thing. Yet so many people have no idea how to do so.

The first thing you need to do is identify what kind of faucet you actually have. There are four kinds of faucets; a compression faucet, a ball faucet, a cartridge faucet, and a ceramic-disc faucet. Compression faucets are the most common for bathroom sinks, and can be identified by the fact that they have two handles or knobs to work the water. The other three tend to be used for kitchen sinks, and in order to determine what kind of faucet it is, you’ll have to actually take it apart. This is because the last three all work on a single handle, but use a different internal mechanism at the very base of the arm.

No matter what kind of faucet you have, you’ll start by turning off the water and plugging the sink drain. Turning off the water is obvious, plugging the drain is because you don’t want to accidentally drop any parts down the drain.

For a compression faucet, you remove the handle by unscrewing the screw at the top. If you can’t find a screw at the top, try prying off any kind of decorative plate (such as one reading H or C). Once removed, you’ll need a wrench to remove the nut. Upon pulling free the nut, you can pull away the O Ring, which is a metal ring that sits on top of a rubber washer. Nine times out of ten, the degradation of this washer is what’s causing the leak. Rubber degrades over time, so don’t worry about whether or not you did something wrong in order to make the leak happen. Likely, your washer is simply old.

From there, you simply pull out the stem, remove the old washer, and replace it with a new washer. You’ll need to be careful with each piece, since they’re all quite small and easy to drop or lose. That’s why you made sure to plug the drain. You did make sure to plug the drain, right? Nothing will ruin your day faster than losing a piece down the drain!

Fixing a leaky water faucet isn’t exactly difficult, but you do have to be careful. If you have a different kind of faucet, one of the other three listed, the steps are roughly the same. Take the faucet apart, try replacing the washer. If that doesn’t work, you may have to call a professional. However, chances are that replacing the old washer with a newer one will fix your leak, and save you a great deal of money in the process.

Top 3 Reasons Refrigerators Leak Water

October 25, 2015

Refrigerators Leak and Here’s Why

Refrigerators Leak

A leaking refrigerator.

Drain plug clogged or crimped

You can avoid this kind of water damage by following these few basic tips:

Make sure you always unplug the fridge prior to you working with it. It’s a very good idea to always review all the safety procedures when working with any appliance.

The most typical issue in a fridge that is leaking is a plugged drain. All frost complimentary fridges have a defrost cycle that melts the frost and ice that might develop on the evaporator coils and the water is carried off to a pan or tray situated beyond the fridge, typically beneath the fridge near the compressor.

In some fridges, this drain is quickly situated and can be cleaned up resulting in regular operation. A lot of fridges have this drain situated behind a back panel and will need some disassembly to access the drain.

Is it coming out of the freezer compartment, is it coming out of the fresh food compartment, is it coming from under the refrigerator, is it leaking from the back. How often does it leak water on the floor?

The Ice Maker is Leaking

The water is fed into the refrigerator through a port on the back. It is attached to a water valve and is typically situated on the bottom of the back of the fridge near the bottom can cause water damage to you kitchen floor or cabinets.

  1. The ice maker might be leaking in numerous locations:
  2. The connection to the water valve might not be tight or seated effectively
  3. The drain that brings the water to the ice maker might have a loose connection
  4. The ice maker might be defective and might be requiring excessive water frequently examine the ice bin for strong ice or an ice dam
  5. Drain that can be located in the back might be kinked and the water is spilling inside the freezer
  6. Turn the water off to the ice maker and see if that remedies the issue, if it does, then the leakage is someplace in the ice maker itself.

The Refrigerator Has Just Been Moved

The relocation might have a kink in the pipe that comes down or the pan itself if you simply moved the fridge to a brand-new area. Inspect to see that parts of the drain and pan are fitting correctly which the drain tube is not crooked.

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Running Toilet Repair Tips That Can Help You

October 23, 2015

Running Toilet Repair Tips That Can Help You


Toilet Cross SectionRepairing a running toilet is not a difficult task, and you can fix this issue without having to call for assistance from a professional plumber. However, there are a few things that you need to do to make sure that you repair this issue without causing more damage to the toilet. Furthermore, you also need to identify the source of the problem before you can start fixing the toilet.

Various Causes Of A Running Toilet

The major cause of a running toilet is a damaged flapper. If the flapper is damaged or malfunctioning, then the water will not fill the toilet’s tank. Another cause of a malfunctioning flapper is a loose chain and non-responsive wedge. That means you need to check on this parts to make sure that the flapper is aligned properly, and the rest of these parts are working efficiently.

Another cause of running water is intermittent filling. If the tank filling is not working properly, then your toilet might start leaking slowly. You can use various solutions to confirm whether the tank filling is working properly of not. If it is not working, then you might be required to make the necessary to your tank to make sure that there are not leaks

Running Toilet Repair Tips

The first thing that you need to do is find out where the leak is coming from. Before you start checking on the flapper, make sure that there are no spaces of leaking water. That is because, apart from intermittent filling, water may also leak because of mineral deposits that may have entered the tank as well as the valve. That is why it is recommended that you clean your water tanks after a short period to get rid of unwanted waste products.

If there are any mineral deposits inside the tank or valve, then you need to remove them using water solution or bleach. However, if there are not waste deposits inside the tank or the valve, then you need on the rubber seals that are found inside the tank. Damaged rubber seals also cause the toilet to overflow. The rubber seals are usually connected with the flapper as well as the flush valve. However, being able to identify the rubber seals might be difficult for you since there are other components attached to these parts of the tank. Moreover, malfunction on any of these components may cause the problem to persist. Because of this reason, you need to check on these parts as well to make sure that they are aligned properly and working as they should.

More Running Toilet Repair Tips

Some of these parts consist of the chain, the float, and the lever. All these components are small in size and easy to handle. You can use a manual guide to confirm that everything is in its rightful place. Furthermore, if any of these parts is not working properly or damaged, then you can replace the necessary components at an affordable cost.

Once you have replaced the damaged parts, you can proceed on to check whether the water is still overflowing. If the problem is not fixed, then you might want to double-check everything from the starting point again to make sure that all the parts are working properly. This is much easy to do since it will not be necessary for you to dismantle any of the parts.


You can use these running toilet repair tips to fix your toilet without the help of an expert. However, if you do not manage to solve this problem, then you might want to hire a professional plumber because you can lose gallons of water as the toilet continues to overflow. Plumbing services are reliable but can be expensive at the same time.

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Common Residential Plumbing Problems

October 9, 2015

Fixing Leaky PipesClogs and leaks are some of the common household plumbing problems that seem to occur even with the most thorough maintenance and inspection. However, these common plumbing problems are addressed by common solutions, often without needing to call a plumber.

Dripping Faucets

Ever tried to sleep with a dripping faucet or tried to cook and still have to deal with a kitchen sink that just decided to get you all worked up? It is an annoying yet common plumbing problem. Furthermore, the dripping faucet will make your water bill go high. That dripping faucet or that sink that will not stop sends hundreds of gallons of water down the drain – a few drops every minute will add up to gallons of water per year.

The cause is the pressure in the water as it passes through the pipes. The pressure can take its toll on the washers causing them to become stiff, dislodged, or torn allowing water to pass through. Often, the solution is to replace the washer; however, you will need to have the right tools for the job.

Low Water Pressure

It can be frustrating when you step into the shower to enjoy the feeling of water running down your body only to have trickles of it from the shower; it happens when the water pressure is too low. Though this might be among the most common residential plumbing problems, most homeowners are quick to assume it is a shortage of water or an issue with the municipal water supply. Sometimes, the problem emanates from an issue with the pipes. If the water supply is okay, then you need to check the piping; start with the main line. For a case where the main line is okay and the municipal water supply services are on point, then you have a problem with your pipes. A common cause for the low pressure is a buildup of sediments in the faucet aerators.

The solution to the low water pressure is changing the aerators if that is the cause. Most faucets have aerators that are easy to remove and replace. However, bathroom faucets may be a bit complex to remove or repair. Often, you just need to clean the faucet rather than replacing it; simply dip it in vinegar and let it soak overnight.

Running Toilet

Sometimes, your toilet will misbehave after flushing and stop every time you give it a bit of a jiggle. The best way to address problems with your toilet is to understand how it functions. Typically, water passes through the flapper valve once you flush and it if is faulty it will not hold the water. In other cases, the float may fail to balance, or the fill tube may be loose. Such cases do occur with the continued use of the toilet. Addressing the problem can be relatively easy if you have the right repair kit and know a bit about how the toilet functions.

Leaky Pipes

Leaking pipes can go unnoticed for some time until the water finds its way out or causes damage. Dealing with leaks may present different challenges based on the nature and location of the leak. Whichever the case, leaks can become a costly nuisance if they are not addressed as soon as possible. Commercial joint fillers and fitting compounds may only offer a temporary solution to the problem. An effective solution is to go all in; doing a plumbing repair will offer a permanent solution. If you do not want to have a monumental mess, make that you turn off the water at the main shut-off valve before beginning any pipe repairs.

Slow or Clogged Drains

Clogged drains are common residential plumbing problems that occur at some point in their use. What we wash down the drains is what leads to this drainage problem. It can be a partial or complete clogging. Snaking the drain is one of the quickest ways of ridding the drain of the gunk to allow a smooth flow of waste water. Sometimes, the clogging may be due to a buildup of fats and oils. Some homeowners use commercial drain cleaning products that can unclog the drain, which are often effective for cases that are related to fats and oils, and even hair.

Unclogging Drains In Your Home Like A Professional

September 28, 2015

Almost every home plumbing system develops a clog after every few days, and there’s no way to avoid it. Most of these clogs can be cleared without necessarily having to call a plumber. All you need to get the work done is some determination and the right tools for the job. Some of the most common clogs in homes include blocked floor drains, toilets, bathtubs, and kitchen sinks. If detected early, these clogs can be cleared with one or two trials. Nonetheless, should you try to dislodge a clog to no success; you should then leave the job to a licensed plumber to help by unclogging drains in your home. Using too much force can make the condition worse or even cause permanent damage to the fixture or pipe.

Drain Clog CleaningVarious Methods of Unclogging Drains In Your Home

As mentioned earlier, you need specialized plumbing tools to clear almost any clog in your house. These include a plunger for simple clogs and a cable auger for clogs deep down the drain.

  1. Unclogging a kitchen sink: Unclogging a kitchen or bathroom sink is very simple. All you will need is a plunger to do this. First, fill the sink partially with water, and then start plunging on the drain area. Plunging continually for a few minutes should push any materials causing the slow drain to dislodge hence clearing the clog. If this doesn’t solve the problem, look under the sink for a large coupling on the PVC plastic traps. Unscrew the caps then dispose off any materials you find inside, and then screw back the traps. Now boil some hot water, about 5 cups, and then pour into the sink. This should dislodge any trappings and unclog the drain.
  2. Unclog a Tub Drain: Although very rare, tub drains do get clogged once in a while. Unclogging a bathtub drain, however, needs some bit of work. First, you will need to unscrew the screen to remove any soap scum and hair from the screen. Remove the overflow plate and the stopper as well. Feed the cable auger down the tube while turning the hand crank. This should trap any materials causing the clog. Return the overflow play and stoppers then screw back the tub screen. Pour a reasonable amount of water into the bathtub then start plunging. The force should wash away any other debris on the drainpipe. You can also pour in a few gallons of hot water into the drainage system as this helps clear oily substances from the drainage system.
  3. Freeing a toilet clog: Toilet clogs are very common in most homes. Minor clogs can be cleared using a plunger. The plunger should provide enough force or power to dislodge the clog. If this doesn’t work, use the cable auger to unclog the system. Feed several inches of the caber auger into the drainpipe while twisting it to ‘catch’ any materials that could be causing the slow drain. Continue doing this while flushing the toilet until there is no more slow drain. Finally, flush in more water into the toilet to clear any debris left in the drainpipe.
  4. Clearing a floor drain: Floor drains are subject to clogging over time. This is mostly caused by the accumulation of soap scum, sand, laundry lint, bacteria and soil. Clearing a floor drain can however be tricky for an untrained hand. Nonetheless, you will need a power auger (at least 50 feet) to do the job. Feed the cable auger into the drain until you feel resistance from the other end. Reverse the cables rotation to clear the clog, and then continue feeding the auger. Remove the auger then flush the drain with some water.

These are just but a few tips and tricks on how to unclog blocked drains in your home. If these unclogging drains in your home tips do not work, you should then consider calling a certified plumber to take over.

Common Low Water Pressure Causes and Cures

September 17, 2015

Water Pressure ValveLow water pressure in the house can be irritating, especially when trying to take a shower or wash your dishes. Although most people take the blame to the municipal water supply, several other factors can be the leading cause of low water pressure in your home. If you have been noticing a drop in water pressure for a couple of days, then chances are there is something wrong with the plumbing system. Diagnosing and inspecting everything from the water inlet from the main line to the house’s piping system can help identify and correct the problem in no time. You can choose to do this yourself to identify the problem, or call a certified plumber to inspect the system. Outlined below are some of the most common low water pressure causes cures in the house.

Four Common Low Water Pressure Causes Cures

  1. Debris buildup in pipes: Inlet pipes are susceptible to debris accumulation even without a broken or leaking line. Most of this debris is composed of dirt, pollutant and sand from the water source. These sediments are pumped right into your home’s piping system over time. The debris builds up with time creating a blockage in the pumping system causing a drop in water pressure. Such debris mainly builds up in the main water inlet and into the taps. To correct the problem, close the water inlet valve then unscrew it to remove any debris in the same. Consider placing a screen in the valve to filter out most of this debris from finding a way into your piping system.
  2. Mineral buildup: Mineral sediments build up over time to create a major clog in the piping system. Although it would take at least 5 years for the mineral buildup to have an impact on your house’s water pressure, this shouldn’t be ruled out either. Nonetheless, getting rid of such as clog as pretty simple, as all you will need are plumbing chemicals to flush and break down the minerals. You can inquire this from a plumber or plumbing supplier.
  3. Piping corrosion buildup: Most homeowners prefer having galvanized or steel water pipes installed in their homes. Although these piping systems can last up to 20 years without causing any problem, they are highly vulnerable to natural corrosion. The corrosion is mainly caused by water under high pressure as well as water purification solutions used in the same. Repairing galvanized piping systems is however a tricky exercise, which is the reason why the only, and best, viable option is to replace all the pipes. Replacing all the pipes helps take care of the corrosion and restore normal water pressure.
  4. Leaks in the plumbing system: A slow leakage in the main plumbing system can result in a significant drop in water pressure. This is one of the leading common low water pressure causes cures for most homeowners. The leaking point leads to loss of pressure thus causing a drop in the same in all water points around the house. Nonetheless, inspecting the entire plumbing system should help you identify the leaking point that needs to be repaired.

Diagnosing a water leakage (especially slow leakage) can however be a daunting and time-consuming task. The best way to do this is by taking the meter reading in the morning and the evening. If the reading has changed, that’s a definite indicator of a leakage. The best way to deal with water leakage is by calling a certified plumber to handle the repairs.

If none of the above-mentioned factors is causing low water pressure, then the problem could be with the municipal water supply. Calling the municipality about the same should however help rectify the problem. The municipality has a designated team that inspects and repairs any leaking points to restore water pressure to consumers.

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