Fixing Common Plumbing Issues
Having plumbing issues? Here are a few tips on how to take care of the most common plumbing issues yourself.
A Leaking or Broken Pipe
- Always be sure and turn off the main shutoff valve to prevent water damage.
- Make temporary repairs to stop the leak.
- The pipe will have to be replaced as soon as it’s convenient to do so.
A Stopped-Up Sink
- Shut off any faucet or appliance (such as dishwasher) that’s draining into the sink.
- Unclog the sink using a plunger or snake.
- DON’T use a chemical drain cleaner if the blockage is total.
A Faucet That Won’t Shut Off
- Immediately turn off the water at the fixture shutoff valve underneath the sink.
- If there’s no valve there, turn off the main shutoff valve.
- Repair the faucet or, if necessary, replace it.
A Steaming Hot Water Faucet
- Open all the hot water faucets to relieve the overheated hot water heater.
- Turn off the gas or electric supply to the heater.
- Let the faucets run until cold water flows from them (this indicates the water in the heater is no longer overheated).
- Close them.
- Call in a professional to make any necessary repairs to the heater’s thermostat and pressure relief valve.
If these remedies don’t help, visit the scheduling section of our website to schedule a service call, or you may call us at (405)-364-1001 and we will be glad to help with all your plumbing needs! Be sure to Like us on Facebook for future plumbing tips!
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