Typical Plumbing Problems and Their Solutions

Plumbing Myrtle BeachEvery home in Myrtle Beach or any other area, no matter how old or new, has its share of quirks and issues. Some are worse than others, but some just can’t be ignored. The plumbing in your home can have the tendency to be finicky and need a little TLC every once in a while.

Here Are Some Common Home Plumbing Issues And Solutions:

Problem: Water Pressure

There’s almost nothing more annoying than trying to shower or wash dishes under a slow trickle of water. Low water pressure is a very common home plumbing issue, often caused by blockages in the faucet.

Solution — For water pressure problems caused by blockages, the solution is pretty simple. You will need to remove the faucet aerator (usually just by unscrewing it) and wash it out. Scrub out all of the debris and any buildup and then replace the piece.

Problem: Running Toilet

What is it about the sound of a slow drip or softly running toilet that can keep you up at night? A running toilet is a very common home plumbing problem and can be caused by a few different things.

Solution — Typically a running toilet is caused by a leaky flush handle, or because the fill valve or flapper needs to be replaced. Luckily, these are all super simple plumbing repair jobs that can be done with a quick trip to the hardware store and a few minutes of your time. The directions for replacing these items are simple and are usually listed on the back or inside of the package when you buy the supplies.

To know which of these problems is causing your running issues, open up your tank and take a look. Jiggle the handle to see if it is leaky or if that stops the toilet from running.  If it does, then that is your problem. If it is the fill valve causing the issue, you might notice that water is going into the overflow tube, signaling that the fill valve is not shutting off properly and needs to be replaced.

To test the flapper, put a couple drops of food coloring in the tank. If the water in the bowl colors after a few minutes, your problem is the flapper.

Problem: Slow Drains

Slow draining sinks and tubs are another very common home plumbing issue that can usually be resolved fairly easily.

Solution –– Most of the time, slow draining sinks and tubs are caused by hair or other debris clogging up the drain. There are a number of ways to dislodge the clog, and some work better than others.

One of the simplest and quickest solutions is using a “zip-it” tool, which can be found in almost every home improvement or hardware store, and also grocery stores in some cases. All you do is put the tool down into the drain, twist, and pull. Your drain will be clog free and the offending material will be ready to be disposed of properly.

No matter how new or old your home is, or how many people live with you, everyone has had to deal with one or more of these issues before. These home plumbing issues can be annoying at times, fortunately, there are some simple and quick solutions.

The easiest solution to all your home plumbing problems is to call MBHS Plumbing now!


MBHS Plumbing
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577

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