DIY Fixes To Common Plumbing Problems
There are numerous plumbing issues that can come up in the average household. Some plumbing issues are more common than others and some of the most apparent are easy to fix. Doing the repairs yourself and early enough can save you hundreds or even thousands of dollars. That said here are some of the most common plumbing issues and how to fix them on your own.
Generally, clogged drains occur because individuals aren't careful about what goes down the drain, especially in the kitchen. Ensure you avoid:
-Putting starchy (rice, potato peels), fibrous waste (corn husks, coffee grinds) and poultry skins such as turkey and chicken down the drain.
-Pouring cooking fat or oil down the drain.
You may also want to take some proactive steps like:
-Having the water run as you utilize the garbage disposal
-Letting the disposal 'catch up' after you pour waste down the drain.
If a clog occurs, you can always use vinegar and baking soda. The chemical reaction that occurs is ideal for breaking up the clogs.
Slow Draining Tub
This is another common household plumbing problem, but fortunately, it can be easily fixed. Usually, the tub drain accumulates hair which ultimately slows down water as it drains out. This issue can be remediated using a zip-it tool or a pair of needle nose pliers. These tools are excellent for reaching and clearing out the debris. If there's a tub stopper in the drain, you'll have to remove it before getting to the clog. It's always a good idea to clear out any debris on a regular basis even if the tub is draining properly. If you leave it for too long, it may end up clogging the drain entirely.
A Running Toilet
Running or leaky toilets is another common plumbing issue in households. The primary reason why a toilet runs is the flap located at the tank's bottom isn't sealing shut. Have you ever wondered why jiggling the handle usually works to stop the running water?
Well, to properly fix a running toilet, you should take the top of the tank and flush while keeping an eye on the rubber flap. If it does not completely close, then some of the water entering the tank is flowing through an unsealed flap. That means water continually runs as the float ball trigger never gets activated to stop the flow. Jiggling the handle will reposition the flap, thus sealing more securely.
Jammed Garbage Disposal
This is another plumbing issue that most homeowners regularly come across. Most people tend to lose the key that comes with the disposal to help with unjamming. Luckily, a wrench is ideal for helping fix a jammed garbage disposal. There is an opening to insert the nifty key at the very bottom of the system. You can use a 1/4'' Allen wrench to turn in both directions in order to free the motor.
Of course, these are not the only plumbing issues, but they are the most common and easiest to fix. If you find something is beyond skills or you simply don't have the time, availing a plumber can be a viable idea.