Knowing how to fix your common plumbing problems will help you save a lot of money. Instead of hiring a plumber, you can use the dollars you were supposed to spend on other things, like treating yourself to a refreshing drink. To help you avoid calling the plumber when you are having plumbing troubles here's a list of a few common plumbing problems and their easy fixes.
1. Leaking Faucet
A leaking faucet is a very common problem at home. And not being able to fix it as soon as possible may lead to increasing water bills. To fix a leaking faucet, you’ll need to know what the problem is. Sometimes, the faucet leaks because there is a loose bolt. Look for it and tighten.
If that doesn’t work, then check the O-ring. Go to your hardware store and purchase a new O-ring to replace the old one. If it still doesn’t work, consider replacing the whole unit.
2. Overflowing Toilet
An overflowing toilet may be the result of two things: clogging or leaks. If it’s clogging, you can use a plunger to push the clog down the chute. There are also certain chemicals available in the market to help you unclog your toilet. You may also use a wire hanger to pull the clog up the chute.
On the other hand, if it is because of a leak, look for the source. If your toilet is flooding the floor without overflowing itself, then the problem might be the wax seal. Go to your local hardware and buy a new wax seal to replace the old one.
3. Running Toilet
A running toilet is one that keeps on leaking water although it has not been flushed. To fix this problem, open the toilet tank and check if the flapper valve is loose. If it is, replace this old one with a new one that you can buy from your local hardware store.
Now you know how to fix common plumbing problems. For more complicated projects or to ensure your job will be done safely and have a guarantee consider contacting a local plumber to get an estimate on your project.