As a homeowner, you probably already know that sooner or later, plumbing problems are bound to happen. Some plumbing problems are minor, and some residential plumbing repair problems require a professional plumber. What follows are common residential plumbing problems with possible quick fixes, unless they require that you call your plumber.

Residential Plumbing Repair: Running Toilet

It can wake you up in the middle of the night. It can make you jiggle the toilet handle, and it can be very annoying. Two things are for certain with a running toilet. It won’t fix itself, and it wastes a lot of water.

If there’s going to be an easy fix, it will be the flapper chain being stuck under the flapper. Remove the toilet lid to see if this is the case. If it’s not, you should call a plumbing professional to handle this residential plumbing repair, which could involve replacing the flush valve assembly.

Residential Plumbing Repair: Leaky Sink

If the leak is coming from the hot or cold water shut-off valve under the sink, it will need to be replaced. Turn off the water at the water main and call your plumber.

If the leak under the sink is coming from the P-trap pipe, you may be able to tighten the pipe by hand or with pliers. There are two compression nuts that hold the P-trap together; try tightening them. If that doesn’t work, call your plumber.

Residential Plumbing Repair: No Hot Water

Many take hot water for granted until there isn’t any. If you don’t have any hot water or if the hot water is intermittent, there are a few different places to check. First, check the breaker box to see if the breaker to the water heater has tripped.

If the breaker is fine, check the water heater to see if it is actually on. If the water heater is on, you may have a faulty heating element, which your plumber will need to inspect.

If you need help with a residential plumbing repair for your Indianapolis-area home, contact Mowery Heating, Cooling and Plumbing.