It’s a good idea to keep the number of the best plumber in your area on hand so you can call them the minute you spot plumbing problems. After all, small plumbing issues can quickly become huge headaches and can happen at any time, even in the middle of the night.
While such a scenario is a disturbing thought, you can ensure it never happens to you by learning how and when to inspect your plumbing system. Oak Plumbing shares some insights on the matter in this blog post.
In the Bathroom
The bathroom is one of the areas in your home where plumbing fixtures are located, so it’s only natural for issues to happen there often. To ensure that you don’t have to deal with a problem that’s already become a matter for the plumbing experts, make certain to caulk your seals and check the faucets, drains and toilet regularly.
- The tub, sink and shower faucets are often the culprits. Check them for leaks, drips and any signs of damage. Any broken cartridges or washers you find can be replaced easily enough, which should help nip any bigger problems in the bud. Check the water pressure for consistency, as calcium buildups can affect water pressure. Aerators can be cleaned to remove these buildups; a vinegar soak is often effective at accomplishing this task.
- Drains in the shower, sink, and tub can get clogged. If the water seems to be draining more slowly than usual, a clog is already building. At least twice a year, disassemble drain taps for clearing and cleaning. Use a plumbing snake to remove clogs before they become full blockages.
- An unsteady toilet or water leaking from under its base is a sign that it’s time to replace the wax ring around the toilet base. If the toilet continues to run when the tank is empty, it’s wasting a lot of water and reducing flushing pressure. The good news is, it’s easy to learn how to fix this part. First check if the flush cycle is smooth and free of blockages, then use a snake or a plunger to free up the clog instead of pouring chemicals into your toilet. It’s always more advisable to call a professional than to use a chemical de-clogger.
- Apply new caulk seals if you notice any cracking. Use high-quality silicone caulk manufactured for tubs and showers.
In the Kitchen
The kitchen is another area in your home that often experiences plumbing concerns.
- Leaking kitchen faucet repair is easy enough for someone handy with tools, but it’s always a good idea to call a professional just in case. Make sure to inspect your kitchen faucets carefully.
- Kitchen sink drains often get clogged with all the grease and food that’s put down them. First of all, avoid disposing of grease in your sink, and disassemble the drain twice a year to clear it. In the meantime, a mixture of baking soda, vinegar, and water can clear most clogs.
We have many more tips for unclogging drains and inspecting your home’s plumbing to ensure proper functionality. Call Oak Plumbing today at (707) 448-3567 in Vacaville or at (800) 397-3799 in Benicia, CA.