Some common plumbing complaints include slow-draining sinks or tubs, low water pressure and leaks. Slow-draining tubs and sinks are often caused by clogs. In the case of the sink, hair and other debris collect around the pop-up, The pop-up is easily removed and cleaned.
Clogs in the tub drain also causes slow drainage. Often, light clogs are pulled out by needle nose pliers, though tougher clogs may require the removal of the tub stopper. A plumbing tool called a Zip-it is also useful in removing light clogs from the sink and the tub. It is simply inserted into a drain, wiggled around a bit and pulled out, bringing clogs with it.
Low water pressure is usually found at a sink faucet and is often the result of a build up of calcium deposits in the aerator. The solution is to remove the aerator, clean it and replace it. If the aerator is in truly bad shape, it can be replaced with a new one.
Leaking faucets are also common plumbing problems, but their repair depends on the type of faucets that are leaking. The four faucets are compression, cartridge, ceramic disk and ball type. Compression faucets usually leak because their washers wear out. Other faucets have O-rings or seals that are failing, but even these can be replaced easily and inexpensively.