A broken cistern, a leaky tap, jams in the kitchen sink… A home can bring us as much joy as headaches, and always when you least expect. Don’t be alarmed if something just mentioned happens, these are the most common plumbing problems in all homes, and they appear and reappear with daily use. If you’re reading this post, you’re lucky because we’re going to give you some troubleshooting tips so you can better deal with these problems next time they happen to you. Although if the problem persists, it is best to call a specialized professional to avoid greater problems.
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What are the most common plumbing faults?
The tap leaks
This problem is one of the most unnecessary water loss causes. If we calculate how much money we are losing with every drop of water that falls, we would solve it immediately. In some cases, it may be because we forget to close the tap, in others, it may be that the leak comes from damage to the seals inside the tap. If the latter happens, the first thing you must do is look carefully to see where the water is coming out, from the rotating part of the pipe or through the aerator.
If the problem is with the pipe, you must replace the O-ring, but if it comes out of the aerator you must remove the ceramic cartridge and replace the damaged seal.
Bad odours from the pipes
If food goes down the drain it will accumulate in the pipes and cause bad odours. The U-bend is the part that filters out these odours, but if it becomes too clogged by debris, it will not be able to do its job. In this case you need to remove the U-bend cap and clean out any debris and water from the inside the U-bend. It is advisable to do this frequently, at least once a month.
Jams in the sink are also related to the U-bend since it might be clogged. If it is detachable, it can be removed to empty out any residue, if it is not, it will have to be replaced with a new one. If the jam is in the main drainpipe, chemicals will be required. In this case, we advise you get in touch with a trusted professional to carry out a thorough cleaning.
Problems with the toilet
This is one of the problems that most families are most used to, there are several factors that influence the malfunctioning of the toilet such as a blockage in the drain, or a problem with one of the flushing systems. In this case, you will need to change a part of the cistern or replace it with a new one.
If you don’t feel up to fixing any of these problems by yourself, it’s time to contact professional plumbers to get them fixed effectively, so they don’t cause any further headaches. Remember, through our MiServ platform you will find the best, trusted professionals, in your area.
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