Fri. Jul 30th, 2021
    Your pro plumber

    We are never safe from a goofy thing in our plumbing installation. Everything is fine and then one day, without warning, the tap is leaking, the flush is blocked, and the water goes up through an inappropriate pipe.

    What to do at this time? Your pro plumber today lifts the veil on 5 frequent plumbing problems, their diagnosis and their solution. Let’s go!

    1. The water in the toilet bolts flows almost constantly

    • The plumber’s diagnosis

    The flushing mechanism no longer fulfills its function of storing water in your tank. Like a dam, the mechanism no longer retains water, which therefore flows permanently into the toilet bolts.

    • The solution

    Whether it is pull or push, the mechanism of your flush is defective and must be replaced. Choose a quality model:  your pro plumber brands represent good value for money, a low-cost model will certainly be cheap but will last much shorter.

    Depending on the tank of your sanitary facilities (classic, suspended, built-in), count between 80 and 200 € for the supply and labor of a professional plumber. The replacement of the flushing mechanism is the responsibility of the owner, unless its replacement is due to improper use on the part of the tenant.

    2. The water in the flush does not fill any more or slowly

    The flush float no longer fulfills its function of allowing water to enter the tank. You rarely put your nose in your tank to see the state of your float, depending on certain regions and the quality of the water, it can become clogged with limestone more or less quickly.

    • The solution

    You must have your flush float replaced. Between supply and labor, it is often recommended to replace the complete block: float and mechanism. You will quickly return to your costs because if the float is to be replaced, the mechanism may not take long to do its own too.

    Depending on the model, the replacement of the float, part and labor, will be between 60 and 150 €. Opting for the mechanism and float replacement is the most economical solution in the short term.

    3. Water rises to an inappropriate place

    • The plumber’s diagnosis

    Do you run water in the sink and the water comes up through the shower or the tub? This kind of problem, no matter in what order, is a sign of a blockage in your pipes.

    Indeed, the water having to flow by a particular drain, if this one is blocked the water takes the opposite way and then runs through the rest of the installation (see diagram).

    The solution

    A professional plumber must intervene to unblock your pipes. Usually it detects fairly quickly where in your installation the plug may have been installed. This must be remedied as soon as possible so that the situation does not get worse.

    It is not recommended to use Desktop-style unblocking products, they greatly weaken your pipes and nibble them from the inside, and the problems could be more serious.

    Prices vary a lot in the home repair industry, especially when it comes to plumbing. A pipe unblocking costs, labor and travel included, between 140 and 200 €.  If the problem is deeper and requires the intervention of a clearing truck, the professional plumber would be able to tell you this quickly to avoid unnecessary intervention.

    4. Tap water goes all over the place

    The plumber’s diagnosis

    Chances are, the aerators inside your faucet are faulty. Either they are dirty, full of limestone or downright broken. The water therefore does not flow normally and passes where it can still pass.

    • The solution

    You can disassemble your faucet, collect the aerators and clean them to remove limescale. You can also have the aerators or the tap replaced directly, because if the aerators are worn out, the mixer must also be dated.

    A professional plumber usually has these fairly standard parts and can intervene for a small plumbing repair or replacement of the mixer for less than $ 100.

    5. The tap or mixer runs drip

    • The plumber’s diagnosis

    On a mixer, the cartridge responsible in particular for mixing hot and cold water no longer fulfills its mission. On a blender, these will be the heads.

    • The solution

    You can replace the heads of a mixer or the cartridge of a mixer, but it is preferable to replace the faucet directly. For the same price (or even less) you replace your old faucet with a new one. Of course it all depends on the faucet you choose, there are all prices depending on the brands and models.

    Excluding the cost of equipment, therefore, count between 100 and 150 € for the replacement of a tap / mixer by a professional plumber (travel and labor).

    You are now ready to face the common problems that arise in plumbing. Whatever happens to avoid scams, remember not to act in an emergency, a water problem can usually wait a few hours by turning off the general water.

    You have a question? A doubt? Do not hesitate to ask your question by commenting on this article or contact us directly, we will be happy to help you!

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