The kitchen sink sprayer gets stuck

This is probably one of the easiest plumbing repair jobs a home owner can do themselves. There are a lot of pipes tucked under your kitchen sink. Sometimes the hose attached to your kitchen sink sprayer can catch on one of the water shut-off valves. A quick and inexpensive fix is to slip some one-half inch foam pipe insulation over the valves and the pipes.

The toilet keeps running

This wastes more water than any other common plumbing problem, but it is very easy to fix. A constantly running toilet likely means the water valve never completely cuts off. Check the ball or flapper to see if it is completely closed. TIP: You can use coloured dye in the tank of the toilet and then inspect the toilet bowl for color to determine if you have a slow leak. Sometimes the chain is too tight. If so, loosen it. Also, inspect to see if the water level is set higher than the overflow pipe and adjust the water level as needed. 

The kitchen sink is backed up

If you have a garbage disposal, it can sometimes get clogged with grease or bits of vegetables that are fibrous. Always turn off the power to the disposal unit at the circuit box before attempting to unclog it. Use a long-handled spoon or a pair of tongs to pull out the debris; never stick your hand into the disposal. Run hot water for a minute and then turn the power back on and run the unit with cold water to see if the clog is gone.

If you have no garbage disposal unit, try plunging to free the clog. This should free material whether there is water in the sink or not. If this doesn’t work then you may need more than a simple plumbing tip to fix your problem and at that time we’d suggest calling in the professionals.

To avoid clogged drains in the future, be careful not to pour grease down the sink. Also, never put any food that is stringy down the garbage disposal. Foods to avoid include meat, corn husks, celery and asparagus as just a few good examples.

A pipe is leaking

If you develop a leak in a pipe, the very first thing you need to do is to turn off the water supply to the pipe. Wrap a sheet of rubber around the section of the pipe that is leaking. Ideally, a sleeve clamp should be used to tighten the rubber, but an adjustable hose clamp should also stop the leak. Most major leaks are beyond the ability of the average homeowner to repair, but small drips or leaks can be stopped temporarily until you can call the plumbers.

Should I open and close my shutoff's regularly?

Yes. Opening and closing your shutoff's on a regular basis, ensures they are working properly and able to shut off in an emergency.

Why is my water bill so high?

Even the smallest leaks can have a impact on your water bill. Check around the house for any visible leaks, water, and/or water damage.

My pipes are clogged, should I use store bought, liquid drain cleaner?

No, never use liquid drain cleaners. Not only do they damage your pipes, but can cause harm to your plumber. 

The shower head seems clogged

Mineral deposits from hard water can clog the small holes in your shower head and make it spray ineffectively. You can remove them using warm vinegar and an old toothbrush. Remove the shower head and put it in a bowl of warm vinegar for approximately an hour. Most of the mineral deposits should dissolve. If any remain, use an old toothbrush to gently scrub away the remaining deposits. Rinse the shower head and re-attach it.

Is there a way to fix a faucet with low pressure?

There are a few places to check, including your aerator, shutoff valve and faucet cartridges. Usually a simple cleaning allows for an increase in water pressure. 

Where can I find replacement parts?

Calling Capitol Plumbing for your replacement parts, to ensure you are are receiving the best and correct products.

Plumbing problems are some of the toughest jobs for a homeowner to undertake. Sometimes a relatively simple problem evolves into a more complicated repair than you thought it would be. If you think you have gotten into the problem too deeply and cannot complete the repair, time to call in Capitol Plumbing.


"I wholeheartedly recommend Capitol Plumbing! The service is fast, reasonably priced and efficient. Kris replaced our kitchen sink and faucet and he was fantastic, highly personable and takes great care of you! I can't say enough nice things. Will definitely be using them again!" 

- Scarlett F

Here are some tips that can help you repair minor leaks, drips around the house or where to find parts. Give Capitol Plumbing a call at 204-801-7378 for a quick response. For emergency service we are on call 24 hours a day.

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