How to Tackle Plumbing Problems Yourself
Homeownership can be expensive, especially when plumbing issues arise, and you need to call a professional to come fix them.
Water is one of the most destructive and costly forces that can cause damage to your home and unfortunately, plumbing problems seem to be among the most common problems to occur. But before you call a plumber to come out and fix it, check out these simple repairs that you can handle on your own!
A leaky faucet is probably the most annoying of any plumbing issue because you constantly have to listen to the drip, drip, dripping of water. Before you go insane, listen to the type of dripping that’s happening. A steady drip means the washer probably needs to be replaced. Turn off the water to the faucet, then unscrew the handle and inspect the O-ring and washer. Replace the washer (just make sure you have the right size!) and reassemble the faucet. If the drip continues after this, you may have broken plumbing or loose parts, which should be handled by a professional in order to avoid messing up your plumbing system.
After you flush, does water continue to flow into the bowl? If so, you may have a problem with your lever, which is located within the tank, behind the toilet bowl. This is an easy fix! Remove the toilet tank lid and find the chain that is most likely sunk to the bottom of the tank. Then just reattach it to the lever that’s attached to the toilet handle and you should be good to go! If the chain is damaged, you’ll need to replace it, which can be bought easily at any hardware store. Mason Plumbing can help you with all of your toilet troubles as well!
Inefficient Shower Head
Did you know that low flow showerheads can save you up to 30% on your monthly water bill? Replacing your shower head is as easy as unscrewing your current one and screwing in the new one. You can also fix a shower head that is spraying in weird directions or seems blocked in some parts of the head. This is most likely due to limescale buildup. To clean this, just remove the showerhead and spray plate and soak them in a descaling solution, which can be found at most hardware stores or Walmart.
Before you dump a chemical cleaner down the drain, try a more natural mixture that will be much nicer to your pipes. Pour one cup of baking soda down the drain and immediately follow with one cup of vinegar. Watch for fizzing (a-la third-grade volcano experiment) and once the fizzing stops, wait five minutes and flush the drain with two quarts of hot water. For a more stubborn clog, pour a cup of baking soda and half a cup of salt down the drain and leave it overnight, then flush with two cups of boiling water. If the clog still isn’t cleared, then it’s time to call a plumber because the drain may be too clogged and lodged deep into your pipes.
Knowing how to prevent a clogged drain is just as important as being able to fix it! Use hair catchers in bathroom drains and brush your hair before showering. Avoid putting grease or big food particles down the kitchen drain and know which foods are okay to put down the disposal. Also, do that baking soda and vinegar rinse on a regular basis to break down little build-ups before it escalates into a huge clog.
Jammed Garbage Disposal
This is one of the easiest repairs to make! Every garbage disposal should have come with a hex wrench attached to the disposal itself, plus instructions on how to properly repair the disposal if it gets jammed. Just make sure that the power to the disposal is turned off at the source before you attempt any repairs.
Troubleshooting your plumbing problems is perfectly fine as long as you’re not in over your head. If you ever feel unsure about the repairs, it’s best to call in a professional. At Mason Plumbing, there’s no need to second guess! We’ll answer all your questions and get the repair done in a timely and cost-effective manner.