The 3 Most Common Plumbing Issues and How to Solve Them
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In day-to-day life, plumbing is one of the modern luxuries often taken for granted — that is, until something goes wrong. When plumbing issues arise, these important fixtures around the home suddenly become top of mind.
At Kingston Brass, it is easy to find replacement plumbing parts. From new sink drains to upgraded toilet parts, the extensive catalog of premium plumbing components makes it easy for any homeowner to find what they need to match their home and budget.
For homeowners facing plumbing issues around the house, the following guide will cover some of the most common problems with quick tips on how to solve them.
A Running Toilet
A running toilet is not only an annoyance, but it is also a drain on the wallet. In fact, according to the EPA, a running toilet can waste around 200 gallons of water a day.
When a toilet is continually running after being flushed, it is likely due to the failure of common toilet plumbing parts. Old and worn-out flappers or valve seals are often to blame. Over time, the build-up can damage these seals, and, in many cases, they decay with the passing of years.
Replacing these parts is an easy job and can quickly put an end to the leak. Simply purchase a replacement flapper or valve seal and remove the old seal.
When tackling a running toilet, it is often worthwhile to also purchase a new plumbing trim kit. This allows homeowners to upgrade the look of their toilet at a low cost.
A Clogged Shower Drain
Another common plumbing issue is a clogged shower drain. In many cases, the fix for this issue is simple. First, look for any notable debris in the drain. Remove hair and soap scum that might be obstructing the drain.
Next, pour ½ cup of baking soda down the drain, followed by a ½ cup of white vinegar. This mixture will start fizzing and will work to breakdown clogs in the drain. Let this sit for 10 to 15 minutes and follow up with a few cups of boiling water.
Slow Draining Sinks
From the kitchen to the bathroom, over time, sinks can begin to drain more slowly than they once did. When a sink is slow to drain, start by clearing away any debris. Put on gloves, and with the sink cover removed, try to fish out any debris that is causing the sink to drain slowly. Next, use the same method as outlined above, pouring a 1:1 mixture of baking soda and white vinegar down the drain, followed by boiling water.
For homes where sink drains are constantly clogging, it might be worth investing in new drains that are better designed to catch debris upfront. This can prevent costly clogs from occurring.
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These are simply a few of the most common plumbing issues found around the home. Homeowners looking to upgrade their plumbing parts can shop Kingston Brass to find high-quality replacement parts.