Most Frequently Asked Plumbing Questions

There are a number of plumbing problems people face. Thankfully, many can be solved at home with simple tools or easy-to-acquire chemicals. We’ve compiled a short list of frequently asked questions and a few solutions for each. All of the following solutions can be performed by anyone, but if you feel unsure in your ability to handle the problem, feel free to give us a call (internal link here).

My Kitchen/Bathroom Sink Drains Slowly

A lot of debris can get down your pipes and cause buildup. To get rid of this buildup, first attempt using a plunger. If that should fail, a liquid drain opener is a good option. Make sure to read the directions and use carefully. If the sink still continues to drain slowly, consider removing the trap underneath the sink to check for debris. Just be careful of the liquid drain opener, as it may still be present and could present a danger to your skin. If the obstruction is beyond the trap, using a drain auger is a good option. They normally extend 15 to 50 feet and can get to those deep clogs.

Why is my faucet dripping?

This is most likely an indication that some components of your faucet need to be replaced. Check and see what kind of faucet you have and how it is assembled. Shut off your water and take apart the faucet to see what part needs to be replaced.

Why are my water bills higher?

It’s possible there may be a leak somewhere. When possible, check your toilets and faucets for leaks, as well as the pipes that are accessible to you. A small leak could cause serious damage to your home, so check everything regularly.

What is the white substance around my showerhead and faucet?

It’s a mineral buildup due to hard water. To get rid of it, take a plastic bag and fill it with a cup of vinegar. Make sure the area with buildup is submerged in the vinegar and secure it. Let it sit overnight. In the morning use an old toothbrush to scrub off any remaining buildup. If there’s still buildup, try taking the faucet or shower-head apart and following a similar procedure.

Why is my water heater leaking?

The bottom of the heater has most likely rusted through and needs to be replaced. There’s no simple repair for this problem, so make sure to call a professional plumber to address the issue.

How do I prevent pipe corrosion?

Pipe corrosion is usually an indication of poor water quality and chemicals in the water. Ensuring your pipes are properly assembled is the best way to protect them. Have a professional plumber look over your pipes to make sure everything is installed correctly.

What should I not put down the toilet?

Nothing should go down your toilet besides toilet tissue. Other paper products, sanitary products, hair, food, or any large objects should not be flushed in your toilet. Items that do not break down like toilet tissue can cause serious issues.

If you have any questions not addressed here, contact the professionals at Pilgrim Plumbing (internal link) to take care of your plumbing.

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