Plumbing problems are among the most common issues homeowners face, and they can cause a lot of inconvenience and frustration. However, with a bit of knowledge and some basic tools, many of these problems can be fixed without calling in a professional plumber. In this article, we will discuss some of the most common plumbing issues and how to fix them.

Clogged Drain

A clogged drain is a common plumbing problem that can be caused by a variety of factors, including hair, soap, and food waste. 

  • The first step in fixing a clogged drain is to remove any visible debris from the drain. If the clog is deeper, you can use a plunger to try to dislodge it. 
  • Place the plunger over the drain and pump it up and down several times. 
  • If this doesn’t work, you can try using a drain snake to remove the clog. Insert the snake into the drain and twist it until you feel resistance. Then, pull the snake out and discard the debris.


Leaky Faucet

A leaky faucet can be a significant annoyance and can also waste a lot of water. 

  • To fix a leaky faucet, you need first to turn off the water supply to the faucet. 
  • Then, remove the handle by loosening the set screw or prying off the decorative cap and removing the screw underneath. 
  • Next, remove the packing nut and unscrew the stem. You will then see a washer on the end of the stem. If the washer is worn or damaged, replace it with a new one.
  • Reassemble the faucet and turn the water supply back on.


Running Toilet

A running toilet can also waste a lot of water and can be a sign of a more significant plumbing problem. 

  • To fix a running toilet, start by removing the lid from the tank and checking the flapper valve. The flapper valve is a rubber valve that opens and closes to allow water to flow into the bowl. 
  • If the flapper valve is worn or damaged, it can cause the toilet to run continuously.
  • Replace the flapper valve with a new one and adjust the chain if necessary. If this doesn’t solve the problem, you may need to replace the fill valve.


Low Water Pressure

Low water pressure can be caused by a variety of factors, including clogged pipes, a faulty pressure regulator, or a malfunctioning water heater. 

  • To fix low water pressure, start by checking the aerator on the faucet. The aerator is a small screen that can become clogged with debris. 
  • Remove the aerator and clean it thoroughly. If this doesn’t solve the problem, check the shut-off valve under the sink to ensure it is fully open. 
  • If the shut-off valve is open, the problem may be with the pipes. 

Call Finan Home Service, licensed and professional plumbers, to check the pipes for clogs or other issues. 

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Frozen Pipes

Frozen pipes can be a significant problem in colder climates and can cause the pipes to burst, leading to water damage. 

  • If you suspect that your pipes are frozen, turn off the water supply to the affected area and open any faucets connected to the pipes. This will allow water to flow through the pipes when they thaw. 
  • You can also use a hairdryer or a heat lamp to thaw the pipes. 
  • Never use an open flame or a heat source that could cause a fire. 
  • If you are unable to thaw the pipes or if they have burst, call a plumber immediately.

In conclusion, plumbing issues can be a significant inconvenience for homeowners, but many problems can be fixed without the need for a professional plumber. 


By following these tips, you can save yourself time and money while keeping your plumbing system in good working order. However, if you are not comfortable with performing any of these repairs or if you are unsure of the problem, it is always best to call in a professional plumber to avoid causing more damage.


This post was written by John Finan

April 24, 2023