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4 Common Plumbing Problems and How to Fix Them

A large number of plumbing problems can show up in the average London home. These problems range from the small and basic that can be fixed in a few minutes, to the major problems that require serious plumbing work to fix. We give you a rundown of the most common sink, toilet and bathroom problems and what you can do about them. Plus, some information on how to know when it’s time to call in the professionals.


  1. Slow-Draining Sink

You know that irritating problem – the sink that takes forever to clear itself of water, leaving a tideline of soap once the water has finally drained. This is a pretty easy problem to fix and involves clearing any debris that is clogging the drain. You can use liquid drain clearing products (read the instructions on the packet as these are strong chemicals), or a device that physically shifts dirt. If all the sinks in your house are slow-draining there might be a general problem with the pipes that needs to be professionally looked at. If a tub or shower is draining slowly the most common culprit is hair built up in the plug hole. Use tweezers or pliers to reach into the plug hole and remove the build-up. One other consideration could be limescale build up as this is also a potential concern of clogged pipes, but again can easily be remedied.


  1. Constantly Running Toilet

A toilet that won’t stop flushing, or a toilet that constantly runs water, is annoying and wasteful. Taking a closer look at how the toilet works helps to identify the issue – if you need help, ask a plumber to take a look. It is a quick job and can likely be fixed in a few minutes once the problem has been identified.


  1. Dripping Taps

Is there anything more annoying than the sound of a dripping tap? Fixing dripping taps saves a lot of water, and your sanity. You may need to replace worn washers in order to solve the problem. If you can do this yourself it may take a while. If the washers are more extensively damaged or the taps cannot be unscrewed, call a plumber for help.


  1. Problems that Need a Professional Plumber

Sometimes you come across an issue that you cannot solve yourself – it would be dangerous, or too complicated to handle on a DIY basis. These issues include the installation of new pipes and bathroom fittings, problems with a water heater or a boiler, sewer leakage or a break in the sewer pipes, and major construction like a wet room or a new whirlpool tub. Any issues to do with a gas boiler should be solved by a certified professional for safety’s sake. For these issues, and for anything you feel unequipped to deal with, get a plumber to visit and handle the repairs.


When you are looking for a plumber, BBS plumbers London provides the answer – but make sure that you choose someone certified, reliable, and professional. Looking for a reliable plumber before you need him or her is a great way to ensure you will never be caught out when something goes wrong in the bathroom or kitchen.


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