5 Handy, Honest Plumbing Tips for All Sydney Homeowners
It's helpful for homeowners to have a few plumbing tips and tricks up their sleeves. What common maintenance and repair things should you know? We explain.
You don't have to immediately call a plumber when your faucet won't stop dripping, your toilet won't flush, or even if your showerhead doesn't seem to be working correctly.
There are quite a few plumbing fixes that you can handle on your own. Not only will you save a bit of money, but you'll also develop a sense of confidence in your DIY skills.
So, what are the plumbing tips you need to know to handle basic problems with ease?
Keep on reading this post to find out. We'll also let you know who you can contact for excellent and honest plumbing services if you truly can't fix the problem on your own.
1. When in Doubt, Turn off the Water
First up on our list of reliable plumbing tricks?
Remember that, especially if you're having trouble finding the exact location of a leak, the best thing to do is simply turn off your water source.
This keeps future leaks at bay until you can get your plumbing repaired or find the source of the leak.
You should check underneath your kitchen and bathroom sinks, or in some cases, in your basement. If you can't find a specific shut-off valve, then you'll have to turn off your main water supply.
This post offers an excellent guide on how to get it done safely and efficiently.
2. If Your Toilet Continues Running
It might come as a bit of a surprise, but one of the easiest plumbing repair tips you can handle on your own is the process of fixing a toilet that won't stop running after you've flushed it.
Remember that, especially if the toilet is running because you suspect it may be clogged, don't flush it. This will only cause the water level in the bowl to rise, and eventually overflow.
Instead, use a plunger to attempt to clear the drain.
Remember to avoid using chemical drain cleaners for as long as possible, as they can cause serious damage to your pipes. (Also, avoid putting these things down the drains to avoid future clogs and problems.)
Once you've unclogged the toilet (if necessary) take off the lid on the back of your toilet.
Then, ensure you turn off the water valve. First, make sure that your fill tube is still attached to the overflow tube. You will likely then need to add more water to your tank.
If the problem persists, you may need to replace the flapper chain on your toilet or call in the professionals.
3. Invest in a Drain Snake
One of the most important pieces of plumbing advice?
Make sure you invest in a drain snake as soon as possible -- especially if you frequently deal with clogged shower drains.
If you notice that your bathtub takes forever to drain, or if you're faced with standing water, it's easy to manually unclog the drain using a snake. All you need to do is gently lower the drain snake into the drain, gently twist it so it can collect hair and other debris, and slowly pull it back up.
If you need more specific guidance on how to use a drain snake, click here.
When you use the snake, you'll likely pull out a large clump of hair, reminding you that now is also the time to pick up a drain cover to avoid this issue in the future.
Don't want to get your hands dirty with a snake?
You can also try one of the most popular plumbing tips and tricks: use a shop vacuum over the drain to suck out the clogs.
4. If Your Faucet is Leaking
A dripping faucet can keep you up at night, waste water, and, if you're faced with a clogged drain on top of it, cause a sink to overflow.
Luckily, our plumbing tips make it easy for you to fix a leaky faucet on your own.
The first thing you need to figure out is which faucet the leak is coming from and if the leak starts in the tap or the handle of the sink.
If the leak starts in the tap, you need to switch out the washer. If it's coming from the handle, you will need to replace the o-ring. Make sure you shut off the water supply and drain out any excess water by turning the faucet on.
Then, close up the stopper at the bottom of your sink bowl. Then, take off your faucet handle and the stem assembly. You should take off the washer, and head to your local hardware store with it to ensure you get the right replacement.
Then, put the new one on, and you're all set.
5. To Fix a Clogged Showerhead
Another common issue with plumbing that you can likely fix on your own? A clogged showerhead.
Often, you can get rid of any debris just by filling a plastic bag with white vinegar and water and wrapping it around your showerhead. Leave the bag on for about an hour, and remove it to enjoy a sparkling clean showerhead.
If you're dealing with a leak in the shower head, unscrew it and use thread tape to close off the leak. Then, reattach your showerhead, and you're good to go.
Try These Plumbing Tips out for Yourself
We hope the plumbing tips in this post have helped you to understand that you can fix lots of basic plumbing problems on your own.
Of course, there are a few situations that certainly require the help of a professional.
If the problems still persist after you've tried these methods, if you're dealing with a burst pipe, or if your water pressure has severely dropped, it's time to reach out to the experts.
That's where we come in.
Learn more about the services we have to offer, and reach out to us to schedule your visit.