DIY Plumbing Repairs to Keep Your Service Cost Down

DIY Plumbing Repairs

If you’re a homeowner you need to have a basic knowledge on how to fix a plumbing matter plus having this knowledge can save you hundreds of bucks!

  • Weak Water Pressure

This is one of the most common plumbing problems and probably one of the most annoying too! Low water pressure can come on suddenly or slowly get worse over time, depending on the cause. This makes showering less enjoyable and difficult to rinse things, especially the dishes. This issue should be addressed immediately in order to get back to normal water use.

First thing that you’ll need to do is to find the primary cause of this issue. Check your hot and cold water faucet’s water pressure. It’s always crucial to detect the problem before looking for a solution.

If you notice that build-up is the problem, soak the aerators or showerheads in vinegar to clean it. You may soak the parts in vinegar overnight to make sure any leftover deposits will be dissolved. You may do this by unscrewing the end of the faucet tap in order to clean it or if you can’t unscrew it you can put vinegar in a plastic bag and tie it around the aerator or showerhead so it sits in the solution for a period of time.

  • Leaky Faucets

Leaking faucets are common plumbing problems in any household. It will surely increase your water bill and that’s why this issue requires immediate attention to prevent more damages in the future. By fixing the leaks in your home, you could save up to 10 percent on your water bill.

First, you have to check what could be the cause of the leaks. It may be that the washer that was installed wasn’t the correct size and this could lead to friction that loosens the washer and lets water through. You can fix this problem by simply replacing the washer responsible for the leak.

Another easy fix is to replace the O-ring. It  is a small rubber ring that goes on the stem screw. It helps to hold the handle in place.

This can be a DIY job, but leaking faucets may be a simple job or a very complex one. It’s sometimes easier to let a professional handle the job to prevent further wastage of water.

  • Stop a Running Toilet

A running toilet could give up hundreds of gallons daily. This common plumbing problem occurs when the flapper valve controlling the water that passes from the toilet’s tank to its bowl loses its shape and fails to properly seal the tank.

Luckily, it has an easy and cheap fix by purchasing a flapper. You can buy a new one for less than $20. You should check for silent leaks by performing a toilet leak test to ensure that the issue has been fixed, you can do this by using a food color in the upper tank and see if the color becomes clear when you flush the toilet.

  • Water Heater Issues

When you’re about to take a shower and expecting a nice warm water splashing you instead you get doused by an ice cold water. This undoubtedly calls for a plumbing crisis.

Your water heater can fail for many reasons. In some cases, you can troubleshoot the issues yourself, by checking the pilot light if it isn’t on, it will not produce hot water. You can also look at the thermostat to ensure that it wasn’t turned off accidentally. Others require professional help to inspect, maintain, and fix the loose electrical connections to the water heater. Professional help is advice due to the complexity and in order to avoid danger.

  • Clogs Drains

Clog Drains are one of the easiest problems to spot on. It is pretty simple when you see water backing up as you empty a sink or take a shower you know it’s clogged. You can fix the issue by starting with a plunger to help remove the clog. By using simple plumbing tools it will help loosen clogs using air pressure. You can also try using vinegar and baking soda, this helps dissolve the clogged debris. Another option is to use Chemical drain cleaners.

For the worst clogs you should be calling a professional to help you out.

When to call a plumber?

Some plumbing projects need to be done by professionals especially if it’s a major issue. It’s always better to seek a professional plumber to do the work.  If you need a plumber, keep these tips in mind:

  1. Choose a reputable plumber
  2. Contact the plumber as soon as possible to avoid further problems
  3. Be ready to explain the issue.

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