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3 Plumbing Repairs You Can Do

Some repairs are easy enough, that with a little guidance, you can take care of it yourself. But if you are worried about wasting time and money, we are just one call away. Let’s take a look at the following guide for 3 common plumbing repairs.

Low Water Pressure

If the kitchen faucet isn’t running like it used to, there may be a problem with the aerator. If it’s clogged, the faucet won’t release the full pressure of water that’s moving through the plumbing system. This simple fix involves taking off the aerator, which usually consists of seven parts. Carefully clean each one and reassemble the aerator. If any of the parts show signs of corrosion, replace them or swap out the old aerator for a new one. If cleaning or replacing it doesn’t resolve the problem, it might be time to give us a call.

Sluggish Drains

The problem often can be corrected simply by cleaning out the drain. This is especially true for sinks that utilize a pop-up drain assembly. Pop-up drains are notorious for trapping hair and other debris in the drain assembly, slowing the flow of the water.

First, remove the drain pivot arm to release the drain. Remove the retaining clip from the pivot arm and clevis strap attached to the pop-up lever. Then unscrew the retaining nut on the back of the drainpipe to release the pop-up drain. Pull the pop-up drain up from the sink and remove any debris. Re-install the pop-up drain and run some water down the drain. It should flow down the drain with ease. If this didn’t solve the problem, it might be time to have a plumber snake the drain.

Minor Leaks

Repair minor leaks before they cause serious damage to cabinets and flooring. The most common areas that develop leaks are underneath kitchen and bathroom sinks. They can often be resolved by simply tightening a water supply line or P-trap drain assembly with an adjustable wrench or pliers. For locating leaks, one great tip is to place newspaper or cardboard under the sink and wait for wet spots to appear on the paper. Then check the fittings or pipes directly above the wet spots.

Some leaks are better left to the professionals. Hire a licensed plumber to repair copper, PEX tubing, leaking slabs, leaks in hard-to-reach places and any leaks you’re just not sure about.

If these plumbing repairs have you scratching your head in wonder and wasting time and money, contact the pros at RooterPLUS! We’re happy to help with faucet replacements, sink problems, water heater issues and more.

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