5 common plumbing problems around the home and how to fix them

Plumbing problems can creep up over time or even spring up unexpectedly, but no matter how they come about; they’re a plumbing pain!

Fortunately many of the most common problems can be easily fixed, saving you costly repair bills and a lot of stress!

5 common plumbing problems

  1. Slow draining sinks. Sinks get clogged over time, and until they’re fully blocked they will generally drain slower and slower until a full blockage occurs. By cleaning the drain regularly, and removing the U-Bend to remove any build-ups of dirt and debris, you can get your water flowing freely in no time.
  2. Low pressure. Low water pressure is commonly spotted in the shower or the sink. The first thing you should check is whether the pressure is low for both hot and cold temperatures. If so, the problem is most likely down to the aerator. A build can cause this up of calcium deposits, causing a blockage. Fortunately this is very easy to fix! You can remove the aerator yourself, clean it and put it back. Voila, a strong shower coming right up!
  3. Toilet continually running. The running toilet is one of the most common (and annoying) problems! There is a range of reasons for a toilet continuing to run, once you get to the bottom of it, it should be an easy fix. The most common are a problem with the float or the flapper. These are relatively easy to fix if you know how to do it properly but incorrect repairs could cause more problematic plumbing issues. If you have replaced the parts, gave them a wiggle and the toilet is still running or leaking, a professional should take a look.
  4. Clogged toilet. If your toilet is fully clogged, grab yourself a plunger and an auger from your local DIY store and get plunging. Most rookies can unblock a toilet themselves by using the plunger or auger to dislodge whatever is causing the blockage.
  5. Dripping faucets. If you notice your kitchen tap dripping, you’ll want to stop it straight away. Not only is it annoying but also it wastes thousands of liters of water a year! Fixing a dripping faucet could be as simple as tightening a few nuts and bolts. Be mindful when attempting this yourself as over tightening can cause more problems. Replacing a faucet entirely is relatively simple to do but if you aren’t confident, call a professional.

Doing repairs yourself can save you dollars and provide timely relief from plumbing problems!

When to call a plumber

When plumbing problems involve burst pipes, sewer lines, water heaters or installation of new fixtures and fittings, it’s time to call the professionals to ensure the safety and integrity of your home.

There are some plumbing problems you may not be able to get to the bottom of, if you need a professional opinion, contact AMS Plumbing Brisbane who will help with all your plumbing needs, no matter how big or small.