Troubleshooting Three Common Plumbing Problems

Face it, not everyone knows as much about plumbing as they’d like. However, we’ve all had plumbing emergencies or nagging problems but aren’t sure what is wrong. Troubleshooting common plumbing problems isn’t as hard as you’d think.

Running Toilet

A running toilet is not only annoying, it can cost you money in water bills if you leave it unresolved. There are several steps to remedying this problem:
  • Check the water level – turn off the water supply and see if the water level drops below the flapper.
  • check the flapper – your flapper could be leaking and needs replaced.
  • Check the fill valve – see if the water stops when you lift the float arm.
  • Check the fill tool – the fill tube could be disconnected or broken.

Clogged Drain

Be it a toilet, sink or tub, a clogged drain is pretty easy to spot: water is slowly draining or not draining at all. Take your trusty plunger and try to unclog the train that way. If that doesn’t work, you can try a store-bought, system-safe liquid drain cleaner.

Water Heater Failure

Waking up in the morning to cold water coming out of your shower can ruin your day. Fortunately, you can easily identify if this is a simple water heater problem or if it requires more attention. For electric water heaters, check to make sure the heater has power. This could be a fuse problem or the heater needs reset. For gas water heaters, make sure the pilot light is lit or that gas is flowing into the tank.
Just because you may have diagnosed the problem does not mean you need to strap on a tool belt and fix it. If you have a plumbing emergency, call F&M Plumbing in Pasadena, California, to come check it out! 626-296-1060