There’s probably not a single house where a plumbing problem has not caused a major headache. We’ve all had to deal with a clogged sink or bathtub, a dripping faucet that robs the entire family of their sleep, low water pressure when we most need a shower, and only cold water coming out where hot water should also be present.
Of course, the first reaction that comes to mind when we encounter a plumbing problem that disrupts our life is to run and call a professional to take care of this situation. The hope is that a job done by a professional will present a greater guarantee of this situation not recurring. However, there are some basic tricks that you can do yourself and get great results!
Here are five tips everyone needs to know:
Buy the best plunger you can find
You will be glad when you need it to unclog toilets, drains or sinks. To use it more effectively, push out most of the water before trying to remove the clog. If the clog refuses to budge, start by pouring a good amount of hot (not boiling) water down the drain and let it loosen the clog for a few minutes. Try again.
Take care of water leaks
You know very well that the small leak that is driving everybody crazy is also costing you money and wasting gallons of water. Take care of it before it turns into a larger and costlier project. Start by finding out if your faucet has washers or it doesn’t. Then, turn off the water to the sink and open the faucet to release any water left behind. Close the drain. Pop off the cap that covers the knob, remove the screw center, take off the knob and nut under it. Rotate the stem and remove it, clean it in a solution of vinegar and water. The likely source is the washer at the bottom of the stem. Clean or replace it and put the whole thing back together.
Don’t overtighten fittings
You want to be sure the fittings that hold pipes together don’t allow for any leaks. However, over-tightening fittings and connections will result in broken bolts or in stripped screws. If it feels tight, let it be.
Get a roll of plumber’s tape
Have it on hand to seal pipe threads and prevent leaks around fittings and joints. Give three good turns with it around pipe threads to ensure sealing. If it’s gas lines you are worried about, get some yellow plumber’s tape.
Try not to puncture any pipes
If you are doing some DIY project or simply pounding a nail to hang a painting, it is always wise to determine if there are any drainage or supply pipes behind the walls where you will be working. Make use of an inexpensive stud finder to do that.
Of course, you may have tried tackling more than one plumbing problem and decided going that route is just not for you. You really need a professional plumber to take care of the problem. Or it may be that the plumbing situation is just too big for you to handle on your own. You always have the option of getting the best help possible. Find more information here and get your plumbing issues resolved.