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This section of our website – San Francisco Plumbing 101: Basics and Tips  is designed to give you an overview of common plumbing challenges and how to troubleshoot them yourself without a plumber. We recognize that not every plumbing problem requires hiring a top-rated plumber like O’Grady Plumbing.

Listed below are common plumbing problem categories for you to assess and solve some of your plumbing issues yourself. Within each category are troubleshooting options for you to consider.

To get started, click on any of the topics below:

Clogged Drains

Bathroom sinks, toilets, kitchen sinks, washing machines, and main sewer lines are all forms of drains. A whole inventory of items can cause these to clog.

Faucets and Sinks

New faucets have internal stop valves, and almost all faucets have a removable cartridge that slides in and out. The manufacturers logo is required to identify the specific replacement cartridge.

Garbage Disposals

If your garbage disposal stops working, it usually means there is a blockage. Find solutions and recommendations to prevent future problems.

Troubleshooting a Leak

Leaks are one of the most common plumbing problems that develop. There are two categories of plumbing leaks: water supply (pressurized leaks), and drain line (non-pressurized leaks). […]


Toilet design has undergone significant changes since the introduction of the low-flow toilet in 1994. We have gone from using 3.5 gallons per flush in the 1980′s, to 1.28 gallons per flush in 2014.

High and Low Water Pressure

Not all water pressure problems are created equal. While understanding how to minimize wear-and-tear is tricky business, it can be done on your own.

Water Heaters

Water Heaters come in a variety of different styles, from gas to electric. If your heater pilot will not stay lit, or if water is exiting out of the pressure relief valve, then you definitely have a concern to address.

Preventative Maintenance

A solid preventative maintenance plan is critical for any home or business owner to avoid future plumbing emergencies. Find info on how to create a plan.

Reach Us By Phone

If none of these areas addresses your plumbing emergency or challenge, give us a call. We’ll be happy to send one of our Master plumbers to your home or office!

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