Plumbing problems are some of the most common issues we come across in any home. Though some small issues, like leaky faucets and rusty taps, don’t seem like a big deal, they can turn into more significant and expensive problems. So it’s better to take care of them as they happen. Let’s look at some of the most common plumbing problems and how to take care of them quickly.
Things you’ll need to solve common plumbing problems:
- Basic toolset
- Toothbrush or scrubber
- Baking soda
Blocked pipes and drains
This commonly occurs in your kitchen sink or bathroom drain. Due to the excessive waste that covers the mesh or blocks the pipe, odor and rust are not far away.
A drain that is unexposed can be easily cleaned with some drain clog cleaner or a mixture of baking soda and vinegar, which dissolves the waste. Pour this mixture down the drain and leave it for 15-20 minutes.
But in the case of exposed drains, the excess waste must be removed first. Use a plunger to get most of the waste out, put some petroleum jelly on the edges to make it more effective. Now spray some WD-40 on the drain and wipe any dirt or rust off.
Leaky faucets or pipes
Leaky taps can drain and waste a lot of water, drop by drop. If not fixed, the leak only gets worse. Avoid wastage of water by fixing your taps or pipes with your toolset. Unscrew the faucet or the pipe, clean it up as it may be blocked with waste or rusted. Here you can use WD-40 for a quick clean up. Then screw it back up tightly with a screwdriver. If it still leaks, you may need professional help.
Low water pressure in taps or showers
Showerheads and taps usually face this problem after a while. Low pressure of water is caused due to a build-up over time in the tap’s mouth or showerhead. Take the front part of the tap/shower heads off. Soak it in vinegar for 5 minutes to get the dirt off. Now use a toothbrush and gently scrub it down. Spray some WD-40 to get any residue off, screw it back, and check if the pressure is normal.
Clogged or runny toilet
If your toilet isn’t flushing properly or leaks quite a lot, it’s time for a quick clean up.
- Grab a plunger and unclog your toilet.
- See if it flushes properly.
- Clean it with some toilet cleaner to get rid of any waste.
- Spray some WD-40 on the dry areas to get any grime off.
- If there’s water running down your toilet or the tank is leaky, unassemble the tank.
- Clean the sediment off by scraping it.
- Try and get any rust or grime removed using a quick spray of WD-40.
- Wipe it down well, and assemble it back on.
Pro Tip: Call a plumber if the leaks worsen. Always try to keep the bathroom floors and drains dry after use to avoid rusting.