8 Common Plumbing Problems (And Fixes)

At a first glance, plumbing operates by simple rules: fresh water is delivered through pipes under pressure and waste is taken away by gravity. However, when plumbing problems arise life can become miserable for a household. Thankfully, most plumbing problems are an easy fix, and the technicians at Candu Plumbing & Rooter are happy to fix them. Others you can fix yourself with a Candu attitude and a little know-how.

Leaking Toilet

Some of the most common toilet leaks take place around the tank, the base of the toilet, or around the fresh water supply pipe.

  • Usually, a nut or hold down bolt needs to be tightened.

If tightening the bolts doesn’t solve the problem, you may have to replace the wax seal.

Leaking Faucet

If you have a leaking faucet, the cause is probably nothing more than use. When you turn on a sink, the washer gets forced against the valve seat. This movement causes friction, which eventually wears down the parts. There are different kinds of faucets which may have different repairs necessary.

  • For a stem faucet, the problem is likely to be worn out washers and O-rings on the stem. These need to be replaced.
  • If you have a disk faucet or sleeve-cartridge, oftentimes the cartridge may need to be replaced.
  • If there's a leak in your rotating ball faucet, the seals or springs may need to be replaced.

Water Pressure Problems

If the water pressure is too high, our plumbers can simply install a valve that reduces the pressure. But if the pressure is low, some sleuthing may be necessary.

  • First, find out if there’s a problem at the municipal water company.
  • If there isn’t, remove the shower heads and aerators.
  • If they are clogged with sediment and limescale, you can remove the buildup with a DIY solution of hot water and vinegar.
  • Let the shower head soak in the mixture for a few hours before removing and checking to see if the spray holes are clear.

If your home has a well, you should check that the pump's pressure regulator is set at the right level and that the pump belt is tight enough.

  • In winter, frozen pipes or a frozen pressure switch can lower the water pressure if they don’t stop water from coming into the house altogether.

Unfortunately, sometimes low pressure is due to the plumbing pipes being clogged by limescale. A homeowner can’t remove limescale from their entire system. If you have low water pressure and can’t resolve the issue yourself, call in the professionals at Candu!

Sudden Changes in Water Temperature

Too many families have the experience of water becoming freezing cold or scalding hot right in the middle of a shower because another fixture has been turned on.

  • There’s always the chance that your household is trying to use more hot water than the capacity of your water heater allows.

If that’s the case, you may need to think about an upgrade in terms of your water heating.

Noisy Pipes

If you hear your pipes making extra noise, this could just mean that your pipes need to be secured.

  • They can be held with pipe hangers, though it’s important that if metal pipes are being used that the hangers are not a different metal.
  • Pipes can also be partially wrapped in a split length of a garden hose to keep them quiet.

Frozen Pipes

The best way to treat frozen pipes is to prevent them from happening in the first place.

  • On a really frigid night, open the sink cabinets to let warm air circulate around the pipes.
  • Allow a trickle of water from a fixture to keep the water from freezing.
  • If the pipes do end up freezing, use a blow dryer or space heater to thaw it out.
  • Some people wrap their frozen pipes in towels and pour hot water over them, while homeowners whose pipes are in a crawl space simply place a pot of boiling water on the floor and leave it.

Whichever method you choose, be sure to never use an open flame on or near a frozen pipe as this could cause damage to your pipes.

Clogged Drains

Sometimes unclogging a drain can be as easy using a plunger.

  • Make sure that there’s a couple of inches of water in the sink or tub, and stop up the overflow drain.
  • A weekly rinse with boiling water also helps many drains stay clear.

Water Heater Problems

Water heaters operate best when they receive regular maintenance.

  • One step you can take is to flush your water heater annually. By flushing your system, the minerals and sediment that normally deposit at the bottom of your tank will be flushed out.
  • If you’re having a problem with your water heater, the solution might be as simple as a tripped circuit or a pilot light that’s not lit.
  • But if you smell gas, consider that an emergency. Open up the windows in the house, shut off the gas supply valve, and evacuate your home as a precaution. Then call the professionals.

Candu Plumbing & Rooter Can Help

When it comes to solving the problems of our customers, the Candu Plumbing & Rooter team is committed to excellence. Contact us today to learn how our team can help your business or your family live more comfortable lives. When no one else can do it, Candu can!