Plumbing issues – whether small or complex – can bring even the most basic household functions to a screeching halt. Whether it’s a clogged toilet or drain or a leaky faucet, these common household problems are important ones to be aware of and to know how to fix.
1. Toilet Overflowing
An overflowing toilet is caused by a clog somewhere. Remember: never flush foreign objects down the toilet as they can plug the pipes and cause problems. If you do have an overflowing toilet, reach down and turn off the water to the toilet to make sure that water doesn’t continue to flow out. Once that’s done, use a plunger with a tapered shape to plunge whatever is clogging the toilet. After it’s removed, flush the toilet to make sure everything is working correctly again.
2. No Hot Water
Having no hot water is a pretty obvious problem; however, there are a few other signs that can alert you to this issue: an odor of rotten eggs, rust colored water, and a high pitched whining. Depending on the type of water heater you have (tank-less, electric, or gas), you’ll need to disconnect the power to the water heater, shut off the water supply, and have a look at the water heater to determine the specific root of the problem.
3. Having a Leaky Faucet or Pipe
While a leaky faucet may not be the end of the world, even the smallest of leaks can cause a huge waste in water. And if you aren’t aware of a household leak, that could be even more of an issue.
A quick and easy way to tell if you have an unseen household leak is to turn off all faucets and appliances that use water (better if you do this at night before going to sleep). Check your water meter and write down the number it shows. Let eight hours pass and then check the meter again – if the number has changed, you’ve probably got a leak.
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Even small plumbing problems can add up to a big headache if you don’t have the time or know-how to deal with them. The experts at Handyman Matters can help you tackle these types of plumbing problems quickly and easily. Call us at 1-866-FIX-MY- HOME to schedule an appointment today or enter your zip code above to find a location near you!