Many plumbing problems can seem small, but if left unattended, they can become big problems. The first line of defense for homeowners in Camden County NJ is to try some of these handy DIY plumbing solutions. If it’s too big to handle on your own, your plumbing service pros at Anyzek Plumbing Heating & Cooling can tackle these problems for you.
5 Common Plumbing You Can Fix Yourself
Check out these common plumbing headaches to determine what can be accomplished by even the most unhandy among us or what needs to be tackled by a professional plumber.
1. Dripping Faucets
This may seem like a minor issue, but the drip of a faucet can really add up to wasting a lot of water. Even if it’s a slow drip— say 30 drips per minute— you could be wasting 130 gallons of water in a month or more than 1500 in a year! Stop the leaks and conserve water with a faucet repair kit from the local hardware store that matches the make and model of your faucet. The drip could be solved easily by replacing a worn rubber washer, o-ring or valve. Not up to the task? Give Anyzek a call and we’ll be over to take care of your leaky faucet promptly.
2. Running Toilets
Another silent water waster, a toilet may have a noticeable running sound or may not make any noise at all. Either way a running toilet is a big water waster— as much as 200 gallons a day! The issue could be one or a combination of bad chain, broken or warped flapper or float for the tank.
The best way to tell is to lift the lid off the tank and be prepared to get your hands a little wet. Depress the handle and observe what happens when the flush is flowing. If the chain is too short or too long it could interfere with the placement of the flapper. An old flapper is easily replaced with a new one. If the float seems off, sometimes putting a slight bend in the rod (if it is a metal rod, not plastic!) can make the difference. If you're still stumped, your trusted plumber from Anyzek can make the repairs.
3. Low Water Pressure
Low water pressure can make it hard to take a shower or wash yourself. Water pressure in the home can be affected by hard water that causes mineral deposits to build up. Other causes of low water pressure may include low pressure to the entire house, a bad valve or water leaks. A professional plumber from Anyzek can diagnose your low water pressure problem when you call for an appointment.
4. Slow or Clogged Drains
Slow or clogged drains are frustrating and can be a mucky mess. If your clogged drain is in the kitchen, check to make sure it’s not your garbage disposal. A clogged drain may be cleared with a plunger, a snake or cleaning the trap. If none of these does the trick, you may need a plumber for a drain cleaning. If you’re thinking about using a chemical remover, these can often cause damage and have little effect on the clog. Once the clog is cleared, some preventative measures include avoiding draining greasy substances and using a trap to catch particles and hair.
5. Garbage Disposal Clogs
Preventative measures are the best way to avoid garbage disposal clogs. Don’t dispose of rinds, banana peels or coffee grounds in the disposal. Avoid draining grease and cooking oil into the disposal, as well. If you do get a disposal that is draining slowly, try flushing it out with boiling water and vinegar. If that won’t do the trick, a service call from the professionals at Anyzek Plumbing, Heating and Cooling will resolve the issue quickly.
Trusted Plumbing Services for Camden, Gloucester and Burlington Counties, NJ
From minor fixes to major plumbing repairs and emergency service, your neighbors have counted on the plumbing pros at Anyzek Plumbing, Heating and Cooling. We’ve been serving New Jersey homes since 1932 offering plumbing inspections, repairs and water heater replacement as part of a full service plumbing contractor.