An Easy Fix to Home Leaking ProblemsOctober 18, 2017 10:00 am
When a man of the house is a jack-of-all-trades, a household can save a lot on maintenance costs. Being able to perform a little plumbing, a little carpentry, and handling common electrical issues is essential for every man. However, some men are not as handy as others are and for some simple plumbing problem send them running for the telephone to contact a plumber. Today we are going to discuss some of the issues that you can handle on your own when it comes to plumbing.
The following tips will help you to repair some of the common home plumbing problems. However, if the task is too big for you should not hesitate to contact a plumber.
1. Unclogging the kitchen drain
Kitchen drains are clogged easily especially when food remnants are not washed away. A kitchen drain can also be blocked when objects larger than particles of food gets in. To unclog the drain follow the procedure below;
• Take the strainer out and place the plunger on the opening of the drain. Put water in the sink until it covers the cup of the plunger. Press the plunger down and lift up creating suction in the sink. If the clog is not that big, the suction should clear it.
• In case the plunger does not work, use a kitchen-plumbing snake
• If the snake does not work, you should contact a plumber for professional assistance
2. Leaky faucet
One of the common emergency plumbing repairs is a leaky kitchen or bathroom faucet. For you to do the right repair, the first thing to know it the type of the faucet that is installed. A ball or cartridge faucet usually has one lever for cold and hot water. On the other hand, a compression faucet valve is constructed using two levers that rise up when you turn it on. Repairing a ball or cartridge faucet leak is simple. You simply need to turn the water supply off and then use the Allen wrench to remove the handle of the faucet.
3. Clogged Toilet
Clogged toilets are also other plumbing issues that require immediate action. First, you should make sure that you do not flush things that are not designed for the drain. Before calling a plumber, try the following tricks to unblock the toilet.
• If the bowl is full, use a handled container to empty half of its contents. If the bowl is empty, add water until half full.
• In case the bowl is full, use a container to empty half its content
• Use a toilet plunger to create suction by moving it up and down. In most cases, this should clear the toilet drain.
However, if you find the plunger not working even after trying multiple times, try using a plumbing auger. You should push the auger down to the pipe until you hit an object. Once you have located the clog, try rotating the auger to break the blockage.
If the auger is not effective, it is time to call the plumber. The clog may be deep down in the drain where it is not possible to reach without specialized tools.
As mentioned earlier, these are just some of the common issues that you should investigate and try to repair before calling a plumber. However, if you try the tips above and still you cannot get things to work, it is the high time you request for professional help.
Vincent J. Attardo is the President/CEO of Coastline Environmental Solutions, Inc. He provides Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) investigations, mold and bacteria testing, water damage/mold remediation and repair, and is available for consultation and public speaking. For more information please visit www.coastlineclean.com. Readers may contact him at 800-847-3867 or email at [email protected]