Having your own home to your name is an exciting experience as one would seem to have total control on how to manage it. Managing the house can be tough, however, especially when it comes to plumbing repairs.
Managing appliances can be stressful already, but having to deal with clogged drains in either bathroom or the sinks would significantly inconvenience the new homeowner. Every homeowner must know even some basic plumbing repairs.
Closing the Shut Off Valve
It is essential to know where your home’s water supply comes from. Should your home suffer from flooding due to faults in your pipes, you should immediately cut off your water at the source. You’ll need to know where your main shutoff valve is to shut it off, as well as when a plumber comes to conduct maintenance work.
Depending on your type of home, you can find the valve in the home’s basement or on an outside wall in a home’s utility area. Knowing the location of your shutoff valve can allow you to respond to emergency plumbing catastrophes in your home.
Knowing where your shutoff valve is one thing, but knowing how to shut them off is another. Shutting off your main water valve is one of the most basic things to do when either responding to a flooding disaster. One would only have to twist the valve either left or right to either turn it on or off.
Knowing the basics would allow homeowners to respond quickly to home flooding.
Homeowners can experience leaking pipes and dripping faucets without having to tend to them as they seem to be minor damages in a home, not knowing that they can result in water getting into your home’s insulation, wood, and other areas in the house that are difficult to access. Water leaks can not only damage a household’s flooring, but also cause ruptured pipes in the winter, mold, and mildew to appear in your house, and erode your home’s foundation.
Fixing a leaking pipe doesn’t immediately require the services of a plumber and homeowners can do it on their own. Homeowners will first have to shut off their main water supply then apply putty on the leak and allow it to set. Alternatively, one can tighten the pipe’s screws by placing clamps.
Dripping faucets are also common among various households and seems minor enough not to warrant immediate attention. A homeowner that has dripping faucets wastes water without realizing it. To repair a dripping faucet, one must first unscrew the handle, then the flange, and finally the tap. Check the O ring, the jumper valve, and the washer for any signs of wear. You need to replace immediately any parts that have worn out with newer ones from the hardware store.
Fixing a Clogged Toilet
Toilets can end up getting clogged when not used properly. Some homeowners use their toilets as trash cans where they dump baby wipes, hygiene products, band-aids, paper towels, and others that would eventually clog the toilet.
Homeowners can use their trusty plunger to de-clog their toilets. Either a ball-shaped plunger or one with a rubber flange can work well to eliminate the clog. First, run the plunger under hot water to soften it up and make the job easier. Second, insert the plunger into the bowl and ensure that it covers the hole and that it is completely in place. Third, push it down and pull it up vigorously to dislodge the clog. Continue to push and pull the plunger until the toilet starts to drain.
Some clogs would need more than a plunger, however. A homeowner would have to use an auger or a plumbing snake to eliminate the clog. One would first have to insert one end of the snake into the bowl then push it down until it hits the obstruction causing the clog. After you spot the blockage, the homeowner will have to continually push and twist the snake until it breaks up into smaller pieces.
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Fixing Low Water Pressure
It is common for people to simply wish to relax after spending a long day at work only to find out that their bath or shower has low water pressure. They won’t have the strong stream of water they’d need to take all the dirt and fatigue away. Homeowners can easily solve their low water pressure dilemma without needing a professional plumber to do it.
Homeowners can check if all of their faucets are suffering from low water pressure. If only one tap has low water pressure, then one can check for mineral deposits and clean the filter then reattach it to restore proper water pressure.
For a shower that has low water pressure, one should use pliers to remove the showerhead and check if it has hard water deposits.
If the entire home suffers from low water pressure, then it is essential to call a professional plumber, especially those who offer emergency services.
Replacing Old Plumbing
Having a new home would let you be able to customize it thoroughly, but one should not forget to replace the home’s old plumbing, especially if it is already worn out.
Replace the old fittings with newer ones instead of fixing them one-by-one. The signs that you need to replace your old plumbing are discolorations on your pipes and frequent leaks and stains. Neglecting them can result in sustaining water damages, including floods and clogs.
Not knowing how to fix your own plumbing, even the most basic ones, would result in having to spend large amounts of money by contracting a professional plumber or attempting to fix your plumbing yourself, only to end up causing more damages to your plumbing.
Should drain cleaning not be as simple as initially thought or you lack the tools you need, you can trust the services of reputable plumbers as they come equipped with the necessary equipment and knowledge needed to solve your plumbing issues.