Plumbing Tips For The Average Person

Plumbing problems are one of the most common home repairs. Unfortunately, they can also be some of the most expensive and difficult to fix. 

That is why it is essential to know how to handle some fundamental plumbing problems yourself. 

The following blog will discuss some of the most common plumbing tips for the average person.

1) Clogged Drains

One of the most common plumbing problems is a clogged drain. This can be caused by various things such as hair, grease, or even soap scum. Investing in a good drain catcher is the best way to prevent this. This will catch the debris before it has a chance to clog your drain.

If you do find yourself with a clogged drain, there are a few things you can do to try and fix it yourself. One option is to use a plunger. This usually works if the clog is not too far down the drain. Another option is to use a wire hanger. First, straighten out the hanger and then insert it into the drain. Once you have done this, twist the hanger around and try to pull out the clog.

2) Leaky Faucets

A leaky faucet is not only a nuisance but can also be very costly. A single drip can waste up to two gallons of water per day. That’s over 700 gallons of water per year! Not to mention the increased water bill that comes along with it.

Fixing a leaky faucet is usually a quick and easy fix. Start by checking the washer to see if it needs to be replaced. If the washer is fine, then you may need to replace the O-ring or tighten the packing nut. In most cases, these are simply worn and tear items that need to be replaced repeatedly.

You will need to call a professional plumbing contractor if you have a more severe problem, such as a leaky pipe. However, there are some things that you can do to minimize the damage until a plumber arrives. First, turn off the water at the main valve. This will prevent any further water damage. Next, open all the faucets in your home to release any built-up pressure. This will also help to prevent burst pipes. Finally, clean up any water that has leaked onto the floor to prevent slip and fall accidents.

3) Running Toilets

If the toilet in your bathroom is constantly running, it wastes water and costs you money. To fix a running toilet, you will need to adjust the float ball or flapper.

First, try adjusting the float ball. The float ball is usually located in the tank of your toilet. It is a buoyant object that rises and falls with the water level. If the float ball is too high, it will cause the water to run constantly. Adjusting the float ball to a lower position should stop the water from running.

In conclusion, these are just a few plumbing tips for the average person. Remember, if you are unsure about anything, it is always best to call a professional. Trying to fix a plumbing issue on your own can often make the problem worse.

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