3 Common Plumbing Issues and How to Fix Them

Plumbing issues can be inconvenient and expensive. Before you call you local Cooper Plumbing Cypress company, here are some fixes for common plumbing issues that you can try on your own to save some money and learn more about the nuts and bolts of your home’s plumbing system.

Clogged Toilet

A clogged toilet is one of the most common plumbing issues homeowners face. This can be caused by flushing a foreign object, flushing too much toilet paper, or a blockage somewhere further down the plumbing line. The first thing to try to clear a clogged toilet is plunging the toilet. If a few attempts with the plunger does not clear the blockage, you can try a chemical drain clearing product. These products are poured directly into the clogged toilet bowl, and for the amount of time given on the product instructions, the product breaks down the materials clogging the toilet. After one or two flushes, the clog is gone. For more severe clogs, a sewer line repair cypress professional may be needed.

Leaky Faucet

Sometimes a leaky faucet can be fixed with a simple tune-up. Start by gently tightening all of the connections from the wall to the faucet, including the faucet handles. If that does not fix the leak, try turning off one water supply line at a time to determine if one side (hot or cold) is leaking. That will help narrow down the problem connection. Another possible culprit of a leaky faucet could be an old or broken faucet cartridge, which lives inside the the faucet assembly. It can be easily replaced by disassembling the faucet, removing the old cartridge, and inserting a new cartridge. You can take the old cartridge with you to your local hardware store for help finding the correct replacement cartridge for your sink.

Air in the Water Line

If you are getting irregular water flow and hearing sputtering faucets, there is likely air in the water line. To clear the air from the lines, begin by turning off the main water line into the home. Then open all faucets, including showers and outdoor connections, and flush all of the toilets in the house. The goal is to drain all of the water from inside the home. After the water has drained from every line, turn the main water line back on. Water will flow from the sinks and showers, and toilets will refill. Let the water run until there is a steady flow of water with no sputtering or signs of air in the lines.

These basic plumbing tips are a great place to start with troubleshooting common plumbing issues, saving you time and money.