Sooner or later you’ll run into these common plumbing problems in your home or business. We’ve compiled a list of plumbing maintenance tips that can help. All About Plumbing and Septic serves the greater Asheville and Hendersonville, NC area. Should you be unable to repair a plumbing problem yourself, give us a call. We’re here to help!
1. No hot water
You leap out of bed late (does anyone really get up earlier than necessary?) only to discover there’s no hot water. It’s definitely going to be a hat day. But what can you do about the hot water?
If you have a gas water heater, make sure the pilot light is lit. Remember the laws of gas fumes and proper ventilation before you relight it. If it’s already lit, you should probably call us because it’s likely something that needs professional attention.
If you have an electric water heater, chances are at least one of the elements is out. It’s not something you can fix in five minutes, but you can still do it yourself. Drain the heater. The elements are inside the access panels on the side of the water heater and are screwed in.
2. Drain issues
Kitchen sinks tend to clog with grease. Try pouring boiling, soapy water down the drain to get the sludge moving. If that doesn’t work, call All About Plumbing and Septic. We’ll fix it.
Bathroom sinks are usually clogged with hair. Try using a flexible hair snag (which looks like a really big zip tie with jagged teeth) to pull out the clog. It’s disgusting what comes up, but your drain will work.
3. Leaking faucets and toilets
Dripping faucets waste water. They can be easily fixed by replacing the gasket.
Running toilets are another water waster. If jiggling the handle or adjusting the float doesn’t do the trick, the flapper and/or flush valve need to be replaced. They come in kits from hardware stores and have directions on the box.
By addressing plumbing problems with DIY style plumbing maintenance, chances are you will be able fix them. However, if you have leaking pipes, water heaters or bigger issues, All About Plumbing and Septic can help. We proudly serve the Asheville and Hendersonville, NC region and provide professional plumbing and septic repair. Call us first whenever you have a pluming emergency!