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August 17, 2016
Although some plumbing issues seem more like an inconvenience than a truly serious problem, common plumbing troubles can cost you, both in water bills and in comfort. Don’t sacrifice having a comfortable bathroom or kitchen if any of these common problems are plaguing your Lawton, OK or Wichita Falls, TX home. Learn just how these issues affect your home and when you should call in the professionals for help.
1. Dripping Faucets
With every drip of a leaky faucet, money is going down the drain. A steady, slow drip of once per second wastes around 3,000 gallons of water each year, resulting in large, unnecessary costs. Dripping faucets also waste water, which is a precious resource especially during droughts here in Oklahoma and Texas.
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Fixing a leaky faucet usually is as simple as replacing a worn rubber washer, o-ring or valve. A faucet repair kit will contain instructions on how to address a drip. If you’re not feeling particularly handy, however, a professional plumber like the Pippin Brothers, can help you save money and conserve water.
2. Running Toilets
A running toilet wastes 200 gallons of water a day, which quickly add up 6,000 gallons a month and $96.00 ($0.016/gallon) for just one toilet! Some leaks may make a running water sound or a visible trickle that are identifiable, but other leaks are often an intermittent and silent and can go unnoticed over time and are known as “Phantom Flushes”. The most common reasons your toilet may be leaking involve an issue with the chain, a dirty, broken or warped flapper or the float for the pump.
If you’re willing to get your hands wet with a little work, you should open your toilet’s tank lid, turn off the water and check all the parts. A chain that is too short or too long could be interfering with the flapper. A leaking flapper can easily be replaced by disconnecting it from the chain and attaching a new one. Finally, an issue with the float can usually be solved by bending the rod connecting it to the pump. If you’ve done some research and attempted these fixes, but your toilet is still running, it’s time to give Pippin Brothers a call.
3. Low Water Pressure
Low water pressure can make tasks like showering (or something as simple as washing your hands) difficult. Low flow is generally caused by mineral deposit build-up in the pipes, low pressure to the entire house, or water values and leaks. A plumbing expert can investigate these causes to help you resolve the issue of low water pressure in your home.
4. Slow or Clogged Drains
Clogged or slow drains are frustrating and frankly get a little gross. If it’s your kitchen drain that’s slow, be sure to check the garbage disposal first, as this may be the real issue. You can attempt to clear a blocked drain with a plunger, by cleaning the p-trap, snaking the line or using a chemical remover. However, chemical removers tend to do more harm than good and can even cause structural damage to your pipes. An easy recipe for cleaning your drain involves baking soda and vinegar to loosen up any sludge. If you still have a clogged drain even after attempting a few DIY fixes, you should contact a plumber to help resolve the problem with drain cleaning.
Pippin Brothers: Your Plumbing Solution
Pippin Brothers addresses these common plumbing problems and many more. If you live in the Lawton or Wichita Falls area and you’re struggling with any plumbing issues, call the professionals at Pippin Brothers.