Plumbing can be tricky but we are so dependent on it for our water supply. It is important to take care of your plumbing by not allowing food debris in your drains and cleaning your bathroom drains regularly. However, sometimes you can do everything right and something still goes wrong. Accidents happen and sometimes a pipe just feels like bursting. Our plumber friends shared some helpful tips on how to deal with a plumbing emergency.
Know where the main water valve is. When a water or plumbing emergency occurs, the first thing you should do is shut off the water supply valve.
Use two wrenches. If you are working on closing a pipe or something like that, use two wrenches and turn them in a different direction. This is called ‘backing off’ and it helps to reduce the pressure or stress on the plumbing.
Use duct tape to seal off cracks or leaks. If you find cracks or leaks on pipes, wrap some duct tape around it to stop leakage temporarily. It will have to be fixed properly eventually, but this at least offers an immediate solution.
Understand your water heater. In the case of an emergency involving the water heater, it is important to understand the switches. You need to know how to switch it off. It is not as easy you may think as some gas heaters work differently than electrical ones.
Always have a plunger handy. A cup plunger is good for small drains like the bath or the bathroom sink. However, for kitchen sinks and toilets, you should have a forced cup plunger. When you unclog the kitchen sink, use a plunger on both drains to get more force to clear the blockage.
Basically, you need to know where to switch off the water and you should have wrenches, duct tape, and a plunger. With these tools, you will be able to temporarily fix a plumbing emergency until the professionals get there.
Are you receiving insanely high water bills? Are you seeing water stains? If yes, you may be having plumbing troubles.
We all tend to think that we will know when something is wrong with our plumbing, but it is not always that easy. We either ignore the most basic signs or we only realise something is wrong when we get the water bill. Those annoying things that you ignore, may be a sign of more serious plumbing issues. Look out for these signs and if you can’t fix them easily, call the professionals.
1. A dripping or leaking faucet – This is one of the most common signs and one that we tend to ignore even though it drives us crazy. A dripping faucet can waste gallons of water and cost you a lot of money. It is usually the result of worn out seals and washers. If it is a minor problem, you can just replace those.
2. Low water pressure – There are several reasons why your water pressure may be low. It could be the municipal water supply that has a problem or it can be closer to home. It may be that you have residue that built up in your faucets or fixtures. You can just remove them and clean them. If that doesn’t help, it may be more serious like clogged pipes, pipes that are too narrow, or because you have a serious leak somewhere.
3. A clogged drain – A clogged drain or toilet is a very unpleasant thing and something that needs to be fixed as soon as possible. When the problems are minor, you can use a plunger and commercial drain and toilet blockage removal chemicals. However, if the problem persists and you frequently need to get the plunger, it may be a sign of a bigger problem. Call a professional plumber to see where the blockage is and clear it out with the right tools.
If any of these problems don’t seem to get better or if you suspect that something big is wrong, contact your local plumber immediately.
Most houses have plumbing problems at some point. Whether it is a leaky tap, a clogged drain, or a running toilet, you will likely have to deal with it at some point. The good news is that you don’t necessarily need to hire a professional plumber for some of these small things. Today, we look at some common plumbing problems that you will likely come across in your home and we also offer simple solutions.
A clogged drain is mainly caused by people who are not careful or concerned with what goes down the drain. In the kitchen, pouring oil or fat down the drain or allowing poultry skins or starchy foods to go down the drain will eventually cause a clogged drain. To avoid this from happening, keep those food items out of the sink and also make sure that the water is running while you use the garbage disposal. The best way to try and clear the clog is by mixing baking soda and vinegar and pour it down the drain.
When the water in your toilet keeps running after you have flushed, it probably means that the tank is not sealing as it should. It is most likely because the rubber flap in the bottom of the tank is not sealing shut. You can easily determine this by opening the top of the tank and watching the rubber flap while flushing the toilet. Most of us just jiggle the handle and that helps to reposition the flap and make it seal shut. That is the easiest temporary solution. If it gets worse or becomes a big problem, call your local plumber.
These are two of the most common plumbing issues, aside from a leaky tap, that we all have to deal with at some point. Luckily, these small plumbing problems are easy to fix and will cost you little to nothing.