Depending on the job, a plumbing fix can cost on average anywhere from $175 to $450. In other words, it can get expensive quick.
So if you’re noticing a plumbing issue in your home, there’s a chance you could fix it yourself, saving yourself some cash. But if you’re not experienced, this can seem a little daunting.
For that reason, we’ve created this guide outlining 3 of the most common plumbing problems and how you can fix them. Keep reading to learn more.
Your Sink Drains Slowly
We’ve all seen this one before–your sink drains super slowly. If it’s in the bathroom, it’s likely caused by soap buildup or hair. In the kitchen, you’re probably dealing with congealed fat and other food waste.
As your sink gets more and more clogged, it will only take longer to completely drain and it can start to smell. So it’s a good idea to take care of this issue as soon as possible so you don’t need to call a plumber.
There are a few common ways to take care of this issue, including:
- Using a plumber’s snake
- Pouring vinegar down the drain
- Using a chemical clog removing agent
If you decide to use a chemical solution, be sure to wear goggles and gloves. Follow the instructions carefully so you don’t use too much and cause further damage.
You Have Low Water Pressure
In older homes, another one of the most common plumbing problems is low water pressure. When you turn on your shower or sinks, does the water trickle instead of rush out?
If so, you may be dealing with this issue.
Usually, this is caused by mineral buildup on your aerator. To fix this, it’s best to soak it in vinegar.
Other times, your pipes may be corroded or cracked, leading to leaking water and low pressure. If this is happening in your showerhead, here’s how to fix it:
- Disconnect the showerhead and clean it with soap and water
- Take a toothbrush and thoroughly scrub off any deposits
- Soak the head in vinegar for 12 hours to dissolve remaining deposits
Your Shower or Bath Drain is Clogged
Another common issue? A clogged bath or shower drain. Once again, this is often caused by buildup from hair, soap, and shampoo chemicals.
To get rid of this, you can try vinegar. Often the best technique, though, is to use a plunger. Here’s how.
Take some petroleum jelly and put it on the edge of the plunger. Fill the tub or shower so that the plunger is submerged and then start plunging.
In no time, it will become clean.
Final Thoughts on Common Plumbing Problems
Now that you’ve read through these tips, what’s next? It’s time to get your common plumbing problems in order. If you’re dealing with one of these problems, try to take care of it.
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