Now that the kids are back in school and you're getting into the swing of things again, the last thing you want to worry about is a plumbing problem, especially with the cold Seattle winters right around the corner. Here are a few problems that are very common and easily correctable. If you can't do it yourself, don't hesitate to call your professional plumber before a minor problem turns into a major one.
When you and your children go through your morning routines, a lack of water pressure can be both annoying and uncomfortable, especially since hot showers feel great in the cold weather. While it's possible that there might be a break in the city's main water line leading to your house, it's far more likely a buildup of sediments in your shower head is the root of the problem instead. You can easily unscrew a faucet or shower head and let it soak in vinegar overnight, which will help dissolve any buildup. If you take this course of action and the problem persists, the odds are that there is a much bigger problem in play. Call a professional plumber to ensure that there isn't a problem with the water supply pipes leading into the house.
Any kind of breach in your faucets and pipes is obnoxious because of the constant dripping noise it makes and the extra cost it adds to your water utility bill each month. In the case of faucets, it's most likely that the washers or cartridges have become worn down or have broken completely. Although it's not a very difficult job, some cartridges may require special tools that only a plumber will have at the ready. Pipe leaks almost always occur at the pipe joints and can usually be remedied with simple joint filler or solder, at least temporarily. A more permanent fix may require replacing a section of pipe and is best handled by a professional.
You can continue to jiggle the handle after you flush the toilet to make it stop running, but at a certain point that becomes a chore. Even if you've taken the simple steps of replacing the flapper and float inside the toilet's tank, you could still experience a running toilet. A faulty valve or buildup of sediment can be causing problems that are not quick fixes and will add to your water bill in the form of silent leaks. An easy way to check for a silent leak is to use the food coloring test. Simply add a few drops of red or blue food coloring to the upper tank. If you notice any of the coloring in the bowl after about 20 minutes, you've got a leak in your toilet. Call a professional plumber in Seattle right away.
Whether it's a drain in your kitchen sink or one in your bathtub, a drain that doesn't work turns into a problem much faster than you'd think. Using a plunger to rid your drain of the clog is always a good idea, and there are plenty of products out there that you can dump down the drain to help dissolve any built-up debris. Usually you can clear up the problem yourself, but if you find yourself faced with clogs on a regular basis, call an expert in Seattle plumbing services.
As the weather gets colder, it's a good idea to leave your faucets located nearest the outside walls of your home dripping (both hot and cold water) overnight to prevent frozen and burst pipes.
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