From clogged bathtubs to leaking toilets, you are most likely to experience plumbing problems regardless of how new your home may appear. Plumbing issues are everyday situations in any home and tend to occur at the worst unexpected time requiring urgent fixation. A small leak can cause significant damage to your house, and therefore it’s vital that you are equipped with basic plumbing skills to fix the issue as soon as possible and in turn prevent further damage to your home. Additionally, knowing how to fix plumbing issues is beneficial to you since you save time and money. However, when you are carrying out plumbing repairs alone, it’s crucial that you use the right tools for every task while still following the laid down procedure and regulations to avoid further damage. Below are some handy tips and tricks to enable you to fix that small leak without necessary calling a professional plumber.
1. Be always on the lookout for water leaks:
Small leaks are common plumbing issues in homes which do not only lead to loss of enormous amounts of water but also damages the house by offering suitable conditions that favor the growth mildew and mold to grow. Small leaks tend to get bigger with time and therefore should be fixed immediately they are spotted. There are several ways in which you can fix a leak in a pipe including using a piece of heavy rubber as a temporary patch or using a hose clamp with a rubber patch. If the leak is originating from a pipe joint, ensure the joint is tightened by use of an adjustable spanner. After spotting leaks, always turn off the water supply and try to fix it immediately.
2. Fixing sink and toilet clogs:
Blocked sinks and toilets always start with a slow-moving drain which may fail to catch your attention. When the slow-moving drain is left unattended for an extended period, it eventually clogs with the water even spilling over to the flow. The first action in unclogging clogged sink and toilet clogs is to use plungers to remove small particles from the drain. However, sometimes the plunger may fail to remove the clog especially if it’s hair or grease clog and instead push them further in the drain. In such situations, you should use a wet/dry vacuum to suck out water from the toilet bowl and also the clogged object.
You can also use a snaking tool to clear the drain to allow water flow. For clogged showerheads, you should take a big Ziplock bag and fill it with an element, which often finds presence in kitchens, white vinegar. You need to place the same inside your showerhead. The showerhead will absorb the vinegar for a couple of days, which will in turn release chemicals that will breakdown the clog. Clogged toilets, showerheads and sinks should also be fixed immediately they are realized. If your bathtub and toilets plug more often, then you should install a hair catcher in your drains since long hair combined with grease are notorious for causing massive clogs in pipes.
3. Removing sediments from the boiler:
The accumulation of sediments in the boiler usually damages it, and in prolonged accumulation cases you will require boiler repair services. However, the deposits can be removed early enough by cutting down the supply of water and electricity to the boiler. The next step involves taking a garden hose and linking it to a drain. Once you have done that, you need to empty the tank in its entirety. To remove the remnants, you need to switch on the supply of water and let it rinse the bottom of the tank so that it flushes everything out in a few minutes. This will help to eliminate mineral and sediments at the bottom of the tank.
4. Carrying for the plumbing system:
The best way to prevent damage to your home’s plumbing system is to protect it from damage caused by hard water, which actually corrodes pipes leaving them more susceptible to breakages and leaks. To help maintain the water quality in your plumbing system, you should install a water softener, which prevents the build-up of mineral deposits in the pipes on top of preventing the enormous effects of hard water on your hair and skin.
5. Appropriate disposal of garbage:
Some plumbing issues usually arise from poor disposal of garbage; therefore, cleaning your sink’s garbage disposal is crucial to prevent many plumbing issues on top of extending the life of your sink. When making regular plumbing checks, always ensure that the sink’s overflow holes are clean to prevent any blockage. Also, avoid cleaning the overflow holes with detergents and other cleaners as they may be corrosive. Moreover, whenever you clean your garbage, ensure to run your faucet with cold water. There are some moments when you will experience foul odour emanating from the garbage disposal. In such situations, you need to take some ice and some slices of lemon and turn on the garbage disposal switch, but be careful, that you should do this without water. This will ensure that your disposal machine is clean, smells good, but will also help in sharpening the blades.
This will not only clean the mechanism and eliminate the smells but also sharpen the blades.
The Bottom Line:
Most plumbing issues require urgent repair, and sometimes a professional plumber may not be readily available to handle the repairs in advance. It’s therefore crucial that you are at least equipped with some basic skills and tricks to handle these repairs in time. However, if you think that you may do more harm to your plumbing system, the best thing to do turn off the water supply system from the mains and urgently call a professional plumber.