Common Plumbing Solutions

While some plumbing problems can be resolved by the homeowner, others may require professional expertise.

All homeowners eventually run into plumbing problems. While most plumbing problems start with minor symptoms, they can quickly become devastating to the home, so they should always be resolved promptly. Homeowners should be familiar with some of the most common plumbing problems to identify and address them quickly before they worsen. 

Dripping faucets are more than just annoying; they can waste a significant amount of water over time, driving up the water bill. Typically, the cause of the drip is a worn-out washer or O-ring, which can be replaced relatively easily. To resolve this issue, turn the water supply off to the faucet, disassemble the handle, and replace the damaged washer or O-ring. Make sure to match the size and type when purchasing a replacement from a local hardware store.

Clogged drains

Clogged drains are common in sinks, bathtubs, and toilets and can be caused by hair, grease build-up, or foreign objects. Left untreated, drain clogs can lead to more severe issues like backups or overflows. Use a plunger or a plumber’s snake to clear the blockage. If the clog persists, mix baking soda and vinegar, pour into the drain, and then follow with hot water. For persistent problems, it’s best to call a professional.

Leaky pipes

Leaky pipes can cause extensive water damage if not addressed promptly. They commonly occur at joints and are often the result of corrosion or the loosening of fittings over time. As a temporary fix, use water-resistant tape or a pipe clamp. However, replacing the affected pipe section is necessary for a permanent solution. This project is often beyond most homeowners’ comfort levels, so it’s best to call a professional to resolve the issue.

Running toilet

Running toilets wastes hundreds of gallons of water daily, making it an urgent and costly issue. This problem is frequently caused by a flawed flapper valve, which enables water to flow from the tank to the bowl without stopping. Test the flapper valve and replace it if it’s not sealing properly. Additionally, check the fill tube length and ensure it’s not dropping water into the overflow tube. Toilet repair kits are readily available and easy to install with simple tools. However, it’s always best to play it safe when in doubt and call a professional for assistance. 

Low water pressure

Low water pressure is often experienced with older homes and may result from various issues, such as sediment build-up in pipes or faulty pressure regulators. First, inspect the faucets for clogs or debris by removing and cleaning the aerator. If this doesn’t solve the issue, it might be time to inspect the pipes for leaks or consult a professional plumber to look at the water pressure regulator.

While some plumbing problems can be resolved with a quick DIY fix, others may require professional expertise. A reliable, licensed plumber ensures the home’s plumbing system functions optimally. Remember, preventative maintenance is critical to avoiding major issues. Be sure to schedule a routine inspection with a professional, as they can identify and resolve minor issues before they worsen.

Royalty Plumbing offers high-quality residential plumbing services in the areas of Las Vegas, Henderson, North Las Vegas, and Summerlin.