Solving common plumbing problems in the office

A blocked sink or a leaky tap can become an issue in any office from time to time. Rather than calling in professionals, most common problems can be solved in a few easy steps. Here’s a list of a few common problems and tips on how to solve them. We also have an article on how to fix common electrical problems just in case you have any questions on the topic.

Blocked drain/slow drain

There are quite a few reasons for a slow draining or blocked drain. Fatty build-up and grease are one of the main culprits in the kitchen. First things first, check if the blockage is internal. Try using a sink and drain unblocker or a plunger. To use the plunger in the most effective way fill the sink with some water before placing the plunger over the drain. The up and down movement will force the water down in the drain and create suction which should release the blockage. Online sources also recommend using boiling water to help release grease build-up. If this isn’t working and the blockage seems to be slightly more severe, you can check the waste pipe under the sink. All you need to do is turn the water supply off and place a bucket underneath the pipe to catch any water. Then unscrew the waste pipe right at the u-bend. It’s best to wear rubber gloves for this as you will be removing the clog from the pipe with your fingers. Then screw the waste pipe back into place.

Replacing shower head and hose

These days a lot of offices are also equipped with showers. If your office has a shower and the shower fittings look a bit worse for wear, then it might be time to change them. It’s quite easy to do, GROHE has a great video on how to replace a shower head and hose which might come in handy. So you won’t have to call a plumber to install a new shower fitting.

Dripping tap

A dripping tap is one of the most common plumbing problems, it’s a good idea to fix the issue before it leads to more problems in the future. Fixing leaky taps will also save water. Turn off the water supply at the mains. For the next step, you will need a flat-head screwdriver to remove the decorative parts from the tap. Now unscrew the tap handle and remove it from the stem. Next, use a spanner to loosen the nut so you can remove the stem. You can then check to see if there is any damage such as rust, corrosion, or dents. Also, check the O-ring and the washer as this helps to seal the connection and prevent leaking. It might be a good idea to replace the O-ring and washer anyway.

Stopping a running toilet

Fixing a running toilet isn’t as difficult as you may have thought. Remove the lid off the toilet cistern and flush the toilet. Next check that the water level is at the water line. If the water is below the line, check that the water valve is fully on and adjust it if necessary. If the water level is alright, then it is probably the flapper. The flapper may not be completely covering the valve, which is letting the water run out into the toilet bowl. Simply reach in and close it and this will normally fix the problem. If that still hasn’t solved the issue then you might have to lower the float, which will then lower the water level. The water level should be an inch from the overflow pipe. To adjust a ball float, tighten the screw found on the other side of the arm. To adjust a float cup, locate the metal clip, pinch it and slide it beneath the water level. If these suggestions don’t work, it might be easier to call in a professional.

We hope you have found these tips helpful. Next time there is a plumbing issue in your office, you’ll be right on hand to fix it. Of course, if there is a bigger plumbing problem a qualified plumber is an ideal person to rectify any issues.