Working on plumbing issues on your own can be a little bit risky especially if you don’t understand your capabilities. We’ll give you a simple breakdown of some plumbing issues you can fix on your own. The rest, leave them to be handled by an expert. Before you try any of the plumbing fixes below, make sure you turn off the water valves in your home to avoid creating a mess.
Prepare a mixture of vinegar and baking soda and pour it in the kitchen drain to get rid of a minor clog. If the clogged drain persists, it’s time to call a plumber.
You’ll need to replace the faucet’s washer. This is something that a homeowner with a little experience in DIY experience can handle. But don’t try this if you don’t consider yourself a DIY person.
Fixing leaking pipes
Start by turning off the water from the main supply and then identify the location of the leak. Wipe the pipe dry with a towel and then apply epoxy putting around the pipe and give it some time to set before turning on the water valve. Epoxy putty can be found in retail shops in Raleigh and online plumbing stores.
Stopping a running toilet
Remove the lid of the toilet tank and adjust the screw so that when the tank fills the water doesn’t overflow. The ability to fix a running toilet will depend on how accessible the tank is. You may even have to replace the toilet flapper that is located at the bottom of the water tank.
Boosting water pressure
Low water pressure can be caused by a blocked aerator. You need to remove the aerator and clean it up. Remove any debris that has built up overt ime and put it back. If the water pressure issue is only there when you turn on the hot shower then there could be an underlying problem that a qualified plumber has to fix.
Slow draining bathtub
If it’s taking too long for your bathtub to drain water, there could be some hair clogs on the drain. You will need to remove the tub stopper and get rid of any debris that has accumulated on the drain. If the debris is left on the drain for a very long time, it can end up clogging your bathtub completely so make sure you contact your plumber if the problem persists.
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