Common Plumbing Issues and How to Troubleshoot Them

Plumbing issues are one of the most common household problems that homeowners face. From leaking faucets to clogged drains, there are several issues that can cause inconvenience and, in some cases, require costly repairs. Being able to identify common plumbing problems and knowing how to troubleshoot them can help you save time and money. In this blog post, we’ll cover some of the most common plumbing issues and provide easy-to-follow troubleshooting tips.

1. Clogged Drains: 

One of the most common plumbing issues is a clogged drain. This can happen in your bathroom, kitchen, or laundry area. Clogs can be caused by various things, such as hair, soap, food particles, or debris buildup. To troubleshoot a clogged drain, start by pouring hot water down the drain. If this doesn’t work, use a plunger to dislodge the clog. For tough clogs, use a drain snake to remove the obstruction.

2. Leaking Faucets: 

A leaking faucet is another common plumbing issue that can cause water wastage and high water bills. The most common cause of a leaking faucet is a worn-out washer. To fix this, turn off the water supply to the faucet, remove the handle, and replace the washer using a wrench. If the issue persists, hire a professional plumber to inspect the faucet and replace any damaged parts.

3. Running Toilets: 

A running toilet is not just a nuisance; it can result in wasted water and high water bills. The most common cause of a running toilet is a faulty flapper. To troubleshoot this issue, remove the toilet tank lid, flush the toilet, and check the flapper. If it’s damaged or worn out, replace it and secure it tightly. If this doesn’t fix the issue, hire a plumber to inspect and repair your toilet.

4. Low Water Pressure:

Low water pressure is a frustrating plumbing issue that can affect your shower, faucets, and appliances. The most common cause of low water pressure is mineral buildup in your pipes. To troubleshoot this issue, clean your faucet aerators and showerheads regularly. If this doesn’t help, you may need to hire a plumber to inspect your plumbing system for any leaks or blockages.

5. Water Heater Issues: 

A malfunctioning water heater can result in cold showers and water wastage. If you’re experiencing water heater issues, start by checking the thermostat settings and ensuring that the pilot light is on. If this doesn’t work, check for any leaks or sediment buildup in the tank. For major issues like a leaking tank or a damaged heating element, it’s best to hire a professional plumber at

In conclusion, being able to troubleshoot common plumbing issues can help you save time, money, and frustration. Always remember to turn off the water supply to the affected fixture before attempting any repairs and never hesitate to call and hire a professional plumber if you’re unsure or if the issue persists. Prevention is key when it comes to plumbing issues, so be sure to schedule regular maintenance checks for your plumbing system to prevent any costly damage and repairs.

Warning: The Following Information May Not Be True

Ok, so here’s a weird one. There are pictures floating around the internet (originating from 2ch like every other pokemon leak) of images of the Evolutions of the Pokemon Starters. The strange thing about them is the constant conflicting reports we’re getting of their legitimacy. One minute they could be real, the next their faked… then the next some super secret source comes around and says they’re real.

We at The Pika Club don’t like to post Pokémon until we know they’re real (although, we have been caught out once so far this generation) – however the constant back and forth has made us curious to see what our visiters think

Well, that’s them – my personal opinion is that the art style, and how they’re presented, dont match up to all the previous reveals so far. That of course doesnt mean they’re fake either, and there are elements in all of the evolutions that i can easily see being there anyway. What do you think about these evolutions, like or dislike – either post a comment or drop by the forums and let everyone know, and we’ll keep you updated with how this one turns out as we find out.

In other ‘its so obvious it could be true or could be faked’ news, remeber Yanappu? the green monkey thing revealed officially by Pokemon Sunday a couple of weeks ago? Well he might have a couple of brothers… or someone might be playing an obvious trick on us.

You can (only just) see a Blue looking monkey shape next to the back sprite of Yanappu in the above screen shot. Its not a shiny version, as the head does look slightly different. So does Yanappu have an alternate version? Well acording to the information posted on 2ch with this screenshot, it does. Along with the Grass Type Yanappu, there will be a Water Type version called Baoppu (pictured) and a Fire Type called Hiyappu. This could make sense. In Ruby and Sapphire, Pokemon like Plusle & Minun and Solrock & Lunatune were brought in to help promote the gimick of 2v2 battles. With 3v3 battles now being introduced in Black and White, could they be trying to do the same thing – we already know that Yanappu has a move that is very usefull in 3v3 battles (acrobat), which the other versions are rumoured to know as well.

Then again, somebody could be taking that logic to fool us, so again, this one could turn out to be faked – we’ll keep you updated on this as well as we learn more.

Remember – there is only 2 Weeks left before Black and White are finally released in Japan – hopefully we’ll find out all we need to know before then

Pokémon Sunday Non-Info and some more CoroCoro stuff

Just a quick update. Basically Pokémon Sunday this week didnt reveal any new information. In fact, all they’ve done is just tease all the new Pokémon we know about from this months CoroCoro magazine. There are 2 reasons why this has happened, one is because Pookémon Sunday is filmed a few weeks in advance and the second is because this months issue of CoroCoro magazine isnt officially due out until the 15th of this month. Hopefully we’ll have some video of the new Pokémon in action next month, but Pokémon Sunday will unlikely reveal any other new info.

As for CoroCoro, we’ve got a few pieces of additional infomation. Zorua and Zoroark are only available by thier respective events (the 13th movie Celebi for Zorua and one of the Shiny Legendary dogs for Zoroark). Interestingly, the Zorua and Zoroark are suppose to represent the Zorua and its Mother Zoroark from the 13th movie, Ruller of Illusions: Zoroark.

Zoroark will know Fury Swipes, Faint Attack, Scary Face, and Taunt when you catch it in Black and White, while Zorua will know Scratch, Leer, Pursuit, and Fake Tears. Zoroark can learn a new move called ‘Night Burst’ that will also lower the opponents accuracy. It is clamed to learn the move at a high level.

Aparently, Hihidaruma’s ability, Encourage, will boost the power of attacks, but will disable any secondary effect they have (which would be useful is they disable effects that would lower your own stats)

Acording to Pokebeach, Meguroko’s new ability, EarthquakeSpiral, should be translated as Overconfidence. While this makes more sense for a move that boosts attack power after it KO’s an opponent, most sites seem to be sticking to EarthquakeSpiral for now. However see the note at the bottom of this news artical for info on names.

Also according to Pokebeach, Zekrom’s Ability should be Teravoltage, not Terra Voltage. This makes more sense as teravolt is a unit of messurments for voltage, where as terra would more be for earth moves. Still again, see the note below for names.

One thing to note about names of new Pokemon, Abilities, Moves, Towns or anything introduced into Black and White, is that the name we have for it now is the Japanese name, and it is likely that it will be changed for the English version of the games. The only exception to this are Reshiram and Zekrom, as their names have been featured on and – both English speaking sites. However every other name of a Pokémon, Move or Ability has the possibility of being renamed. However until it apears in English, all we have is the Japanese names to work with. As soon as we know English names for things, we’ll start posting them here.

That’s all for now, we’ll bring you more news when we know it!

Calling UK Pokémon Fans

Do you reckon you’re a Pokémon Fan? Do you live in the UK? Do you want to have 15 seconds of fame? If the answer to all 3 of these is yes, then you could be apart of an upcoming TV advert.

TV Production Company Kream are looking for some Pokémon fan’s to feature in TV advert being filmed in March. The company is looking to make 2 adverts, one featuring 9-15 year olds and another featuring over 20’s. A filming date has yet to be set, but will only take a day. You’ll need to meet a casting director before you can be in the advert, there will be a small fee involved for all successful applicants, and for the 9-15 year olds you’ll also need parental consent (so you might want to ask BEFORE you try to apply)

Anybody interested in appearing in the advert can apply by emailing either of these two addresses:

Or by Phoning: 0207 612 1770 and asking for Hannah

For more information about the production company Kream, head to

Heart Gold and Soul Silver – New Information

Hey there, Ryan659 here…Just filling in for WhoKnows_WhoCares for this post.

There’s been a whole mound of information been released recently on Heart Gold and Soul Silver, due to the upcoming release of the game.  These are listed below.

First off, Suicune, one of the trio of legendary dogs of the region, is caught a little differently to the others. Where the other two are found by regularly checking the map to see where they are, Suicune will stay in a region until you meet it, then flee to another region. After a few regions it then stays in one region, without fleeing at all, giving you a proper chance for a battle. Second, Groudon and Kyogre (depending on version) can be found by being given a Red/Blue Orb (depending on version) by a man on Route 27 after obtaining the National Dex, then seen in a cave west of Cianwood City, with Rayquaza needing both Groudon and Kyogre as already revealed, along with a Green Orb from the same man and being found in the same cave.

Also, there is a large amount of starter Pokémon being given in this game. To start with, you get the original Johto selection, however after collecting all 16 badges and talking to Oak, he will give you the choice of choosing from the Kanto starters. Then, after Red is defeated in Silver Cave (who now has a slightly different team to the original games), a man in Silph Co. in Saffron City will offer you the choice from any of the Hoenn starters.

Along with this, Pal Park is in this game, also. The original site for the Safari Zone in Fuchsia City that was, in the original games, closed, is now the new Pal Park. No other information has been revealed about this area as of yet. Also, trading with Diamond, Pearl and Platinum versions is available from this game from the very start, as soon as trading is possible.

More news comes as it is made.

Pokemon UK and Pokemon USA become The Pokemon Company International

According to a report from

“Pokemon USA, based in Seattle and New York, and London-based Pokemon UK, are unifying their operations under the banner of The Pokemon Company International.”

The new president of The Pokemon Company International is Kenji Okubo, prior president of Pokemon USA, who will report to the company’s worldwide headquarters in Japan. In a statement from Okubo:

“The Pokemon offices in North America and Europe work closely together on a daily basis. As the Pokemon brand continues to thrive around the world, this change will ensure our worldwide reach, and the connection between our offices, is reflected in our name.”

The Pokemon Company International is responsible for brand management, licensing, marketing, the Pokemon Trading Card Game, the animated TV series, home entertainment, the Pokemon Trading Figure Game and the official Pokemon website, outside of Asia.

Release Schedule

Here at The Pika Club, we like to try and keep you informed of things happening in the Pokemon world. So we present to you a quick list of important dates for the next month or so:


Sunday 8th February – Saturday 14th February: Shaymin available for download from Toy’s R Us stores in the United States… see for more details.


Wednesday 11th February: New TCG (Trading Card Game) Set Pokemon Platinum is released


Saturday 14th February: Pokemon Movie 10: The Rise of Darkrai will air in the UK on Jetix channel at 11am (Repeated Sunday 15th at 4pm)


Sunday 15th February: Pokemon Movie 11: Giratina and the Sky Warrior will air in the United States on Cartoon Network – Check you TV guides for start times.


Sunday 8th March – Saturday 21st March: Special Regigigas available from Toys R Us in the United States. This is the Regigigas that when transferred to Pokemon Platinum, will be able to unlock Regice, Registeal and Regirock for you to capture. This is the ONLY Regigigas that will allow you to be able to do that (it’s the same one that was given away in Japan last year)


Sunday 22nd March: Pokemon Platinum for the DS is released in the United States.


Tuesday 31st March: Pokemon Movie 11: Giratina and the Sky Warrior will be released on DVD out in America according to This date could change as there is no official word on its release yet


Currently we still don’t have a release date for the UK/European release of Pokemon Platinum on DS. A rumour going around suggests it’s released at the end of July, which is when several Pokemon games have been released over here in the past. If true, they I’d personally guess that it would be the 24th or 31st of July, but that’s only a guess on my part and not in anyway official. As soon as we get an official date, we’ll post it here.

Maximize Your Security Deposit: The Ultimate Move Out Cleaning Checklist

Moving out? I know, it can be a real hassle. But the good news is that with the right approach, you can get your full security deposit back. 🎉 How? The answer is simple: an effective and thorough cleaning plan. Let’s dive into an ultimate move out cleaning checklist. 📝

Start Early and Plan Ahead ⏰

Begin by preparing a plan well in advance. Don’t leave everything until the last minute! Start cleaning and packing a few weeks before your moving date. This way, you’ll have ample time to deep clean every nook and cranny. It’s also a good idea to take pictures of your apartment before you start the cleaning process. This will help you identify which areas need the most attention.

Identify Key Areas for Cleaning 🔍

Next, identify the areas that need the most attention. It’s a good practice to walk through your apartment room by room. Don’t forget to look at small spaces like the inside of cupboards, beneath the fridge, and behind large furniture. These areas are often overlooked but can hold years of dust and grime. Compare these areas with your pre-cleaning photos to ensure you don’t miss anything. Remember, the more comprehensive your cleaning, the higher your chances of getting your full security deposit back.

Clean from Top to Bottom 🔄

Always remember to clean from top to bottom. Start with wiping down the ceiling, then move on to walls, windows, and eventually the floors. For meticulous move out cleaning in CA, trust our expert team to handle every detail, including cleaning sinks and countertops. This ensures that you’re not knocking dust or dirt onto areas you’ve already cleaned. Clever, right? 🧐

Deep Clean the Kitchen 🍽

The kitchen is often the most-used space in a home, so it requires extra attention. Scrub the oven, clean out the refrigerator, wipe down the countertops, and don’t forget about those hard-to-reach areas behind appliances. Leaving the kitchen spotless will definitely impress your landlord. 😉

Don’t Forget the Bathroom 🛁

The bathroom is another area that needs special attention. Scrub the bathtub, toilet, and sink until they sparkle. Clean the tiles and mirrors to ensure they are free of soap scum and water stains. A shiny, fresh bathroom is hard to argue with, so put in the extra elbow grease! 💪

Pay Attention to Details 🔍

Minor details can make a big difference. Remember to clean light switches, door knobs, window sills, baseboards and any other small details that are often overlooked. These small tasks show that you’ve gone the extra mile. 🏃‍♀️

Final Touches 🎀

After cleaning, do a final walkthrough of your place. Check every room, open every cupboard, and ensure everything is in its best state. If anything is broken or damaged, it’s better to fix it yourself than to leave it for the landlord to deduct from your security deposit. 🔧

So there you have it, the ultimate move out cleaning checklist. With this guide, you’re sure to leave your place in tip-top shape and maximize your security deposit return. Happy cleaning! 🥳