Common Plumbing Problems
We know you are busy preparing your family for the new school year, buying new supplies and clothes, and getting everyone’s schedules in order. Despite all the chaos that a new school year brings, it is also important to make sure your home is prepared for this fall. As summer begins to wind down, work, school, and extracurricular activities seem to take over, leaving the family running around 24/7. Do not let these common plumbing problems slow you down. Our Seattle Plumbing Experts at Jim Dandy suggest taking precautionary steps to save yourself the headache of dealing with these issues down the road.
With the whole family having to wake up earlier, the sound of a dripping faucet in the bathroom or kitchen can keep you up at night as well as create a spike in your water bill. Washers prevent water from leaking through when you have your faucet turned off, but after time these washers can become stiff, torn, or dislodged and cause that annoying drip.
Most leaky compression faucets need new seat washers. Pry off the decorative cap on the handle, remove the handle screw, pull off the handle and use a crescent wrench to unscrew the packing nut. After unscrewing the stem, remove and replace the seat washer held in place by a brass screw.
While you can replace washers yourself, this job can be more complex than you might think. You may need specialized tools, especially if the valve has become worn or corroded. Also, not all washers are exactly the same, so making the repair can be confusing and best left for our Seattle plumbing experts at Jim Dandy.
Keep in mind that some cartridge bodies and ceramic disc bodies/cylinders can look similar. In most cases, the cartridge body doesn’t have moving parts. The ceramic disc body/cylinder does have moving parts that pivot to open the ports on the bottom.
Low Water Pressure
Getting ready before work or school is a process in itself, and low water pressure would definitely not help the situation. A main cause of this is a build-up of deposits or sediments on faucet aerators.
A main shut-off valve may be partially closed or bad, and restricting water flow to the house. A pipe leak under the floor or in the ground at the pipe from the street to the house (service pipe) can also cause low water pressure.
One of the main reasons a shower head will have low water pressure is because mineral deposits from hard water are causing a clog. You can also use vinegar to dissolve mineral deposits inside the shower head.
The first step is to try and clean the aerators by soaking it in a vinegar solution overnight. If that doesn’t work, it means that there could be a more complex issue. A leak or breach in pipes leading to your home is an emergency that needs to be taken care of immediately. Having a licensed plumber come in instead of trying to fix it yourself can allow the problem to be pinpointed immediately and resolved.
Leaking pipes can come out of nowhere and be a costly nuisance, not including how they can increase your water bills. A leak usually occurs at a joint and you can purchase commercial joint fillers to stop the leak but only temporarily. A permanent plumbing repair may mean replacing a length of pipe. A job that is better suited for a professional plumber.
These common plumbing problems may seem insignificant, but can be a real headache when your schedule is filled with a dozen other things to do. Consider taking care of these issues now or do a quick preventative check of your home so you don’t have to deal with it later. Give our Seattle plumbing experts a call today at 206-966-4548 to set up an appointment!