Although plumbing problems are likely to happen year-round, often times homeowners commonly experience plumbing issues during the spring. Why? Warm weather thaws out all of the unnoticed issues winter can disguise, and with that comes noticeable leaks. Lucky for you, if your plumbing has sprung a leak, many of them are simple fixes. To learn more about plumbing issues that can easily be fixed by one of our experienced plumbers in Suffolk County, read on.
Drizzle is for syrup and waffles, not for showers and faucets.
If you’ve ever had a shower or faucets that slowly drizzle and makes you cringe, you’re likely in need of a plumber. Low water pressure may be to blame for the slow drizzle and annoying drips that cause your ears to pierce in pain, but there’s good news: You can usually fix this plumbing repair on your own. Here’s what you need to check:
- The pipes under the sink and in your basement should meet modern building codes. If the water pipes seem small, it’s likely that the water pressure is being restricted. Obviously, we don’t expect you to know if the pipes are too small or not; feel free to give us a call for help. We can replace these smaller pipes with larger ones to initiate enhanced water flow.
- Check under the sink and in your basement to see if you can spot any leaking pipes. If water pressure is low in either your shower, sink or both, it may be due to a spring leak that’s gone unnoticed. An easy way to learn if you have a leak is to check the water meter. To do this, turn off your water for a full day; at the end of the day, turn it back on. If the level of water on the meter increases, you have a leak.
- Examine pipes for debris or rust. Any dirty or corroded pipes can cause low-water flow, and nobody enjoys that! If you’ve spotted dirty or corroded pipes, do what you can to clean them. If they’re damaged beyond repair, call our local plumber in Suffolk County for pipe replacement.
A sink or shower that never drains.
There’s no doubt about it; a sink or shower that never drains is a pain and downright annoying. Plus, it can be disgusting in some situations. If water has been pooling at the bottom of the porcelain, it’s time to take these following steps into consideration.
- Pull out the sink’s or shower’s pop-up plug. Warning: This is going to be a gross step! Hair and debris will accumulate in the drain, preventing water from draining. If the buildup is excessive, there’s no wonder you’re experiencing drainage problems. You can easily use needle-nose pliers to fix this issue, or purchase a tool called the Zip-it to help you clear the drain. If extra help is required, give us a call.
- Use a plunger. Believe it or not, plungers aren’t just meant to be used on toilets. If you’re experiencing a back-up in your sink or shower, give it a good plunge to see if it works. Just be sure you cover the sink and shower’s overflow with duct tape to get the best possible suction when plunging.
- Check the overflow hole. You know the hole in the sink that lets water drain if your clogged sink has filled to the rim? That’s the overflow hole, and that too can get clogged. Check the overflow hole for debris, such as hair and clear it out like you did on the pull out plugs in step one.
Plumbing can be a difficult trade, and we don’t expect you to know how to solve all of your spring plumbing problems. If you’re ready to have all of your plumbing issues resolved and you’re not looking to solve them yourself, give our expert plumbers at Hubbard Plumbing a call!