While our expert team at Benjamin Franklin Plumbing recommends checking in with professionals when you experience issues with your plumbing, there are a few easy troubleshooting tips you can try on your own to take care of minor repairs. The common plumbing problems below usually have simple solutions that don’t require anything beyond the supplies you can find in your local home improvement store.
1. Clogged sink
Sink drains handle a lot of waste, so clogs are inevitable. Try to work on drain cleaning as soon as you notice the problem to avoid more waste buildup. If the culprit is close enough to the opening of the drain, you can usually fix the problem with a simple sink plunger. If you don’t get results with a plunger, check the trap underneath your sink. Remember to use a bucket if you plan to disconnect any of your pipes to clean them.
2. Pipe leak
Leaky pipes are often the result of worn-out fittings. To stop water flow, you can close a minor leak off with plumber’s putty or wrap it with fiberglass repair tape. Keep in mind that these are temporary fixes for small leaks that are clearly visible to the naked eye. Pipes that are beginning to show signs of wear and tear will need to be replaced eventually and can sometimes be indicative of a bigger problem, so you should call a professional plumber as soon as possible for advice.
3. Low water pressure
Low water pressure is often caused by calcium deposits that build up slowly over time in the faucet aerator. You can remove the aerator and clean it to improve the water flow and pressure.
These common plumbing problems have easy fixes, but it’s important to remember that you should always call professional plumbing repair services for complex cases. Small plumbing issues can sometimes turn into big and expensive repairs if they aren’t addressed immediately.
Our knowledgeable professionals at Benjamin Franklin Plumbing can diagnose your problem and help you find an affordable solution. To speak with one of our experts or to schedule a plumbing repair appointment, contact us.