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Plumbing  /  February 22, 2022

Edmonton Repair Services: 3 Common Plumbing Problems

common plumbing problems

The plumbing system in your home is wide-ranging and complex. In addition to fixtures such as showers, sinks, and toilets, it also supplies every appliance in your home that uses water and includes the sewer lines that draw the wastewater away from your home. Repairs to this system can also range in complexity, which is why you should call plumbing services in Edmonton to take care of them rather than attempting to handle them yourself.

Some plumbing problems are more common than others. Here are some to watch out for.

1. Slow Draining Sinks

Ordinarily, when the plug is pulled from a sink, the water drains out fairly quickly. After all, it has gravity helping it along. If you notice the water slowing down, it means something is clogging up the pipes, reducing the room that the water has in which to travel.

The cause of the clog can vary depending on whether the sink is located in the bathroom or the kitchen. In a bathroom sink, the cause is more likely to be soap residue and hair all knotted together. In a kitchen sink, the clog may be caused by food remnants of various sizes and congealed fat and grease. In either case, the problem is unlikely to get better on its own. More likely, the clog will continue to grow larger until it blocks the pipe completely and the water no longer drains at all.

2. Dripping Faucet

A dripping faucet is a common plumbing problem, but don’t make the mistake of assuming that it is normal just because it is frequent. Faucets are not supposed to drip, and if you have one that does, it could be costing you hundreds of dollars a year on your water bill. Those little drops still register on your water meter, and they add up quickly.

The cause of the drip is usually a washer inside the faucet. It may become dislodged, or it could wear down over time. It could get torn, or it could become stiff. Whatever the case may be, the remedy is to disassemble the faucet and replace the faulty washer. Taking the faucet apart and then putting it back together again can be difficult if you do not have experience with plumbing.

3. Faulty Water Heater

The water heater is considered part of your plumbing system too. It has a very important role to play. Without it, the water would be all one temperature, and you would have to heat it up yourself whenever you needed hot water.

Sometimes the problem with a water heater is very basic, such as the pilot light going out. With a problem this simple, you can probably just relight it yourself. However, there are many other things that could go wrong with a water heater, and some of them are more complicated. For example, there may be a problem with the thermostat that prevents the water from heating up, or there could be a buildup of sediment in the tank. If the problem isn’t immediately apparent, you should probably call plumbing services in Edmonton to inspect your water heater to determine the problem as well as to handle the necessary repairs.

4. Running Toilet

A running toilet is not only annoying, but it can also be costly, potentially wasting up to 200 gallons of water a day. You can prevent the waste by turning off the water supply to the toilet until you can get a plumber in to look at the toilet. A common culprit behind a running toilet is the flapper, which can be purchased at a hardware store for a few bucks and is easy to install yourself. However, it could also be the fill valve, which is a more complicated repair.

Call Handyman Connection for Plumbing Services in Edmonton

Plumbing problems can be complicated, and it is difficult to tell at a glance whether you can handle them yourself. Contact the skilled and licensed technicians at Handyman Connection.

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