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Plumbing Leaks: Everything You Didn’t Know But Should

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It’s the middle of the night. You hear a constant dripping noise coming from the bathroom. You think, “I’ll close the bedroom door and take a look at it in the morning.”

Flash forward to the morning and you notice that you have a growing puddle around the base of your bathroom cabinets. Your heart drops, you open the doors, and there you see it – a leak!

Plumbing leaks happen to everyone. However, they don’t have to ruin your day and cost you a fortune.

Home headaches happen when it comes to general maintenance and upkeep. It’s a good idea to be prepared in the event that they happen to you.

Here are a few common plumbing leak headaches and how to troubleshoot:

Most Common Plumbing Leaks And Their Causes

The Faucet Failure

We all know this one too well, and if you don’t know it – you will!

The leaking faucet.

This situation is bound to happen, but usually, this faucet failure is a pretty easy fix. Your faucets may be leaking due to hardware issues or faulty fixtures. In either situation, both can be quickly and easily remedied.

If you’re noticing a small leak around the faucet when you turn it on, the issue can probably be fixed by removing the fixture to check if there is crud buildup, needs new O-rings, and/or needs a new layer of silicone caulk around the base.

If you have an Old Faithful situation gushing from your faucet, you have more of an issue that probably needs a bit of professional expertise.

In either situation, make sure you turn off the water supply to the faucet before you do any investigating. No need to make small plumbing leaks become raging rivers.

The Toilet Lever Tantrum

Here’s another situation where the noise can cause more frustration than the actual plumbing problem. The infinitely running toilet tank and its leaky lever sidekick.

Many times, just jiggling the flush lever will stop the running in a few minutes. However, if that jiggle doesn’t stop the sound – the issue may be one of the main parts of the toilet that can go awry: the flush valve, the intake valve, or the float ball.

If the tank is running and the water is just leaking a bit around the flush lever, these can be taken care of with a few DIY directions. But, if you notice water around the base of your toilet – you may want to call for backup to ensure you don’t have a backup!

The Wall Of Water

This is an immediate SOS situation. Luckily, these types of plumbing leaks don’t happen very often but when they do, you need to have them repaired ASAP.

If you notice that water is pooling at the base of a wall without reason, you’re probably dealing with a leak in one of your main plumbing pipes. If gone unrepaired, these types of leaks can cause mildew and mold to develop in your drywall, destruction of flooring, as well as potential structural issues.

Get this situation fixed right away!

Fix The Flood

Whether plumbing leaks are big or small, getting them fixed ASAP is always the best idea.

If you are relatively handy with home repair DIY projects, then you can probably tackle most of these frustrating leak issues with a few YouTube videos and some trips to your local hardware store.

If you have never dealt with plumbing issues or if the issue seems to be bigger than what you are comfortable fixing – don’t hesitate to contact a professional. Trying to fix something without the proper tools or knowledge can lead to bigger headaches and bigger repair costs.

Go APE on your plumbing with people that can help fix your leaks and save your sanity.

Clogged Sink Drain? Here’s How to Fix it Yourself

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Is your kitchen sink taking longer than usual to drain? Is there a bad smell coming from the drain? If so, chances are you’ve got a problem brewing in the pipes below.

Don’t let a small clog turn into an even bigger issue!

A clogged sink drain renders your sink useless. An untreated clog can also cause a burst pipe. With a burst pipe, you’re left to deal with expensive repairs.

When faced with a stopped up drain, your first instinct may be to call a plumber.

But, before you pick up the phone, try fixing the issue on your own.

Here are 5 options for fixing a clogged sink drain.

1. Drain Cleaner

Depending on the extent of the clog, using drain cleaner may resolve the issue. You can buy drain cleaner at a local home improvement or grocery store.

Want to save some money? Make your own!

All you need is white vinegar and baking soda. The reaction between the two ingredients causes a fizzing reaction that can loosen the stuck dirt and grime.

2. Boiling Water

Boil a few cups of water. Once boiling, slowly pour the water down the drain. Wait a few seconds between pours to allow the water to drain down.

This option is best for small clogs. It won’t work if the clog is due to a grease or physical blockage.

3. Use a Wet/Dry Vacuum

If you’ve got a wet/dry shop vacuum around, try using it to remove a clog.

  1. Ensure the vacuum is set to liquids to avoid a mess.
  2. Cover the vacuum vent to prevent spillage.
  3. Create a tight seal around the drain (try using a plunger)
  4. Turn on the vacuum and hope for the best!

4. A Mini Plunger

Plungers aren’t just for toilet problems!

If you’ve willing to put in some time and energy, a small plunger may be your saving grace.

Head to your local home improvement store to purchase a mini-plunger. The small size is ideal for a clogged sink drain.

5. Snaking

A drain snake is a tool that’s inserted into the drain. The snake has “teeth” all around it to dislodge a clog.

To use a drain snake:

  1. Push the end of the snake into the drain. Use the handle to move the snake down the drain.
  2. Continue pushing the snake into you feel resistance. The key here is to get the snake around the curve in the pipe.
  3. Keep pushing! Once you hit the clog, you’ll feel it.
  4. Rotate the snake to break up the clog. If the object in the drain is solid, pull the snake out. Chances are the clog will come out as well.

Unable to Fix a Clogged Sink Drain?

If the above options didn’t fix the problem, a plumber is your next best option. A licensed plumber will have the tools and expertise needed to get your sink back to working order.

But you’ll first have to find a reputable plumber.

Reliable Plumbing Services

Our team of expert plumbers can fix even the toughest of clogged drains. We provide quick service that will have your sink back up and running.

Don’t let a clog turn into a bigger issue.

Contact us today to schedule an appointment!

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