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DIY: Solving Common Plumbing Problems

Not all plumbing issues require a professional. There are some that you can take care of yourself and save money on repair costs. Here are some common plumbing problems that you can easily fix in your own home:

Blocked Garbage Disposal

A jammed garbage disposal is a common occurrence that’s usually simple to fix. First, turn off the disposal and press the reset button located at the bottom of its exterior. Switch the disposal back on to see if the unit will run normally. If not, turn the disposal off, and insert an Allen wrench into the hole in the center of the disposal near the reset button. Work it back and forth until the motor frees up. If it doesn’t, you may need a replacement.

Slow Draining Sink

If your sink is draining slowly, the pop-up has likely accumulated a lot of hair and other debris. The pop-up is what’s used to stop up the sink. To get the drain flowing again, you can use a Zip-it tool. Put the tool into the drain and pull it out. It will catch hair and debris and is thin enough to use without removing the pop-up. If the sink is still draining slowly, you can remove the pop-up by unscrewing the nut that holds it in place. This can usually be found attached to the drain underneath the sink. Once the nut is removed, simply pull the pop-up out of the drain, clean it of all debris, and reinstall it. These steps should get the drain flowing like it should, but if not, you’ll need a professional to take a look.

Low Water Pressure

Does your sink have low water pressure? The problem could be the faucet aerator, which is the screw-on screen fitting located at the end of the spout. Over time, calcium deposits build up in the aerator, resulting in lower water pressure. Simply unscrew the aerator to clean it of all debris and then put it back in place. If this doesn’t improve your water pressure, there could be a larger issue that will need to be addressed by a plumber.

If you’re not sure how to fix a plumbing issue, it’s best to call in a professional to address the problem before it becomes a major one. Hometown Plumbing of Bakersfield can handle many of your plumbing concerns. Call us today to request an estimate.