Call Isley’s at 480-422-5949 for same-day emergency repair plumbing service. Our licensed plumbers are on call 24 hours a day, every day of the week including holidays and weekends. Read on for common plumbing problems and advice from Isley’s Home Service experts. We are a full-service plumbing repair, maintenance and installation company serving Gilbert, Chandler, and surrounding areas.
You expect the water to come out of a faucet when you turn it on, and you expect it to drain when you’ve finished using it. When that doesn’t happen – frustration sets in. These are 10 common problems that people have with their plumbing.
The most common causes of persistent drippy faucets are bad cartridges, washers and seals. Replacing a washer or seal is a relatively easy DIY project, while cartridge replacement takes a little more experience. Remember to turn off the water supply before taking apart any plumbing. Once you’ve removed the worn part, take it to your local hardware stores and they can match the replacement part. You’ll find numerous how-to videos on YouTube, and you can always Ask Johnny D!
If one faucet has low water pressure, it could be because the aerator (little screen) needs to be cleaned or the fixture is clogged. Follow the tips in our blog post titled “Common Plumbing Problems and How to Solve Them.” If that doesn’t work, give us a call and we’ll send someone to your home or business the same day.
If water pressure is low to the entire house, that’s potentially a bigger problem. Before you call for help, make sure all shutoffs outside your structure are turned fully to the on position. If someone accidentally turned your main water supply off – or turned it off and forgot to turn it back on – that’s an easy problem to solve!
Most of us buy pressured water from our local municipalities, so if your pressure is persistently low check with your neighbors. Chances are, if you have a water pressure problem, so do your neighbors. Call the city to test to see where the problem is. If the problem is in the water supply to your neighborhood, the city should fix it.
Normally a running toilet means two things: a bad flapper or a bad flush valve. The flapper is the seal that opens and shuts water flow to the bowl of the toilet when you flush; usually it’s black and rubbery. The fill valve is the part of the toilet that allows water to fill the tank and keeps water from overflowing from the tank. Other, less common causes could be your refill tube became misaligned, the flush chain broke or got hung up, or the hardware in the tank just needs to be adjusted. Our post on “Common Plumbing Problems” will help you diagnose and fix these problems.
This could be a couple of things. If you’ve got a shower or bathtub that hasn’t been used in a while, the trap can dry up and allow sewer gases back in. Did you know that those u-bends in plumbing are intentionally there to keep a little water in your line, which helps prevent sewer gas odors from entering your house? Try running the water for a minute and see if the odor dissipates.
When the seal on the bottom of the toilet goes bad, it will allow sewer gases come up. This is a project for professional plumbers and experienced DIY-ers.
It’s usually because the products you use – lotions, cleaning products, hair products – congeal together with hair. You want to address this as soon as you see it, because the longer it sits, the more the mess builds up. The best way to free up the drain is to take the sink’s pop-up plunger out – unscrew it from beneath the sink and clean it. Pay attention to where everything goes – take photos with your digital camera so you remember how to put it back together.
Usually we don’t recommend any type of acid product because it can damage pipes. It’s also dangerous if you splash it on yourself or get in your eyes. These chemicals are erosive and hard on the sink and fixtures. For clogged or slow drains, we use a safer product called Bio-Clean, is a maintenance treatment for your sewage system. You can get similar products at your local hardware store. It contains an enzyme that eats the bacteria inside the pipe to free up clogs.
You’re probably right to suspect a plumbing problem. Bugs are usually attracted to water, moisture and dampness. It’s a good idea to call a plumber that uses leak detection technology, which you can read more about below.
Of course, the answer to this problem depends on how long the people in your house spend in the shower! It also depends on the age of your water heater – most last 8 to 10 years.
Standard 50-gallon water heaters should give you two hot showers an hour. If hot water runs out quicker and your water heater is electric, you could have a bad heating element. This is a simple replacement that we do all the time. It could also be caused by other bad hardware, such as a malfunctioning thermostat, which your home service professional can determine.
In extreme cases, hot water shortages are caused by excessive build-up of sediment in the water heater or possibly a slab leak. See below for more about leak-detection services.
First, let’s see if we can find where the water is coming from. Get some towels and dry the area, then watch to see where the water is coming from. You might have to flush the toilet to produce the leak.
If it’s coming from the wall – shut off the water supply to the toilet and give Isley’s a call.
If it’s coming from the tank, it could be that a seal has gone bad.
If water is coming up around the base of the toilet, it’s likely that you have a bad wax seal, which your home services professional can replace.
First, make sure you run the disposal every day, even if it’s for just a few seconds. The unit needs water flowing while it’s running to function properly and helps prevent deterioration of the cutting blades, which can lead to clogs. If you run your disposal only a few times a month, it’s not going to last as long and will likely give you more problems.
Most stuck garbage disposals are caused by objects that fall into the sink and get jammed between blades. Before you attempt to loosen the blades, turn off the power or unplug the disposal.