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Plumbing Problems & Solutions In Your Home

Posted by on June 20, 2013
Many people often have common plumbing problems in their homes. Professional opinions are always better, but in today’s times its understandable that you want to try fix things yourself prior to calling our a plumber. Plumbing plays a massive part in the comfort of your house – no hot water and you will know that quickly! Small problems like leaky faucets and clogged drains can turn into big issues very quickly. However, there are lots of small plumbing problems you can fix without the need to cal a plumber!

Kitchen and Bathroom Plumbing

The easiest place to start with DIY plumbing is working with pipes. Pipes are easily accessible as they generally have some space to work with them. Many people like attempting to fix plumbing problems themselves due to the amount of money they can save. The expensive part in installing a new sink is the sink itself. The parts that generally wear and cause the problems to the sink are cheap to replace.

Parts that need replacing are often washers and ‘o’ rings, as they are often t h cause of leaks. Most the time, it’s easy to get to these parts with tools that are already in your house. If you are not sure what you are looking at, take a picture on your mobile phone with to you a home improvement centre. A lot of hardware stores have easy to understand diagrams of a faucet system that you can keep. The reason for a picture is to ensure you purchase the right part. Be sure that before doing any work on your sink you turn the vales off so that water doesn’t gush everywhere.

There are many different reasons that water flow can be hindered in your home. A clogged pipe can cause issues in bathrooms and kitchen sinks. You will notice that your sinks all have an elbow pipe beneath them. It is designed this way to trap objects and debris travelling through the water system. However, the elbow if often the place where a water system gets clogged. The first thing to do when a drain is clogged is to pour a chemical down the drain. If that doesn’t work, then your next best bet is to unscrew the elbow to check that its clear. Be sure to put a bucket underneath to catch any water that leaks out.

Other Problems that Occur In Your Home

An incorrectly installed flapper valve will result in a running toilet. You will notice this as you probably jiggle the toilet handle when flushing the toilet. Replacing the whole system is really easy and cheap! Prior to going to the hardware store, open the tank to see if the problem is staring you in the face.

Unfortunately using a chemical to unblock a toilet does not work. You are best off trying to plunge it. Usually the problem disappears before 10 plunges, if it doesn’t, you might to try an “auger” or “snake”. As you insert the auger into the toilet, give it a twist to break any blockages.

People love to fix things themselves as it saves money and create a sense of achievement. If what you try doesn’t work, then you will need to call a plumbing professional to sort out the issue. Be careful not to do further damage when attempting to fix the problem yourself

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