Plumbing is a luxury you certainly don't want to do without. Sooner or later, however, you're bound to run across a plumbing problem. It could be a simple fix like a clogged toilet, but even clogged toilets need a professional plumber sometimes. What follows are common tips for residential plumbing repair of common plumbing problems you may encounter.
Residential Plumbing Repair No. 1: A Leaky Toilet Tank
If the toilet tank isn't cracked, the water leak is probably at the gasket or the bolt set underneath the toilet tank. Unless you have done this type of repair before, this one is better left to the pros.
Residential Plumbing Repair No. 2: Water Leaking Under the Toilet
Another common toilet leak is water leaking out from under the toilet. This is caused by a worn-out wax O-ring. The leak may be accompanied by a foul odor. Call your plumber.
Residential Plumbing Repair No. 3: A Leaky Pipe Under the Sink
A leaky P trap under the kitchen or bathroom sink is another common plumbing repair. The P trap is secured by two compression nuts: one on the top and one on the bottom of the P trap. Try to tighten the nuts. If that doesn't work, call your plumber.
Residential Plumbing Repair No. 4: No Hot Water
It's easy to take the water heater for granted until there isn't any hot water. First of all, check the circuit panel. If the breaker is fine, then there is a problem with one of the water heater's parts. The likely culprits are a broken dip tube or a broken heating element.
The dip tube sends fresh water to the bottom of the water tank. If the dip tube is broken, cold water mixes with stored hot water. A broken heating element may heat water intermittently or not at all. All of these problems should be addressed by your plumber.
Residential Plumbing Repair No. 5: Nasty Odors from the Garbage Disposal
Run warm water and pour a cup of bleach in the disposal. Follow that by grinding citrus peels. There — clean and fresh!
If you need help with residential plumbing repair, call the plumbing pros at Aggressive Mechanical Contractors!