Even if your home is brand new, plumbing problems are bound to pop up. And because they often involve a leak of some kind, they need to be dealt with quickly. Often, when it comes to plumbing, a professional should be called; however, there are definitely a few times that you could fix it yourself and save money. The plumbing experts at Indy Renovation are here for you when a professional is needed, but also want you to be fully equipped with the tools and know-how to tackle easy fixes on your own. Here are the top 3 common plumbing problems and how to fix them.
1. Dripping Faucets
Dripping faucets are so common that it’s probably hard to find someone that hasn’t experienced the issue. It’s not just a source of irritation; the waste of water can push up your water bill and cost you money. In most cases, the cause of dripping faucets is an internal washer that has become stiff, torn, worn, or dislodged over time. To fix it, simply turn off the water supply, remove the handle and cartridge, install a new cartridge, and then reattach the handle.
2. Running Toilet
A running toilet can be costly; up to 200 gallons of water may be lost each day. The most common culprit is a faulty flapper valve, which controls the water that passes from the tank to the bowl. This is a fairly straightforward fix with a toilet repair kit available at any hardware store.
3. Low Water Pressure
Low water pressure can be caused by leaking pipes that have become broken, worn, or corroded over time. More often than not, it’s caused by a build-up of sediment and mineral deposits on aerators. You can soak the aerator in vinegar to clean it. If it’s the shower that’s the problem, then you need to either soak the shower head in vinegar or simply replace it.
Still having trouble or just not comfortable doing your own repairs? Don’t hesitate to contact Indy Renovation today at (317) 375-4464 in a plumbing emergency or to get a free estimate. We serve Indianapolis, Carmel, Fishers, and the surrounding areas, and are happy to handle any problem big or small.