Owning a home is a great pleasure, until your plumbing packs up. Major plumbing issues, such as broken sewer lines should be handled by the pros. But thankfully, there are some DIY fixes that you can easily apply to minor plumbing problems. In this post, we look at the top five problems that you can easily repair by yourself without special skills or tools.
1. Unclog a drain
Clogged drains are one of the most common plumbing issues in a home. Being aware of the causes of clogged drains is the first step to avoiding them, which means you will have to do fewer fixes. When your drains become clogged, you can use any of the fixes on our blog to clear it. However, frequent clogs are indicative of a bigger issue, which will require professional intervention.
2. Stop toilet tank sweating
If you see puddles on the floor around the toilet tank after a hot bath or shower, it will usually be caused by condensation. Cold water in the toilet tank, combined with the heat and humidity in the bathroom will usually be the cause. It can be a pesky problems, as it will require that you mop after every shower, or deal with the issues that can stem from wet floors.
But there's a solution: an anti-condensation tank liner, which costs les than $20 at your nearest plumbing supplier or DIY store.
After draining the tank and letting it dry, you simply need to cut it to size and secure it in place inside the tank. Problem solved!
3. Solve low water pressure
Low pressure in a single faucet or shower head can usually be fixed by unscrewing the water-saving filter or small screen at the end of the spigot. Clean out any debris inside the filter and reattach it. Your water pressure should be restored.
However, if all your faucets have low pressure, you may have to call your municipality to find out if there's a problem in the area or with the line that supplies your home.
4. Stop a running toilet
If your toilet runs after it has filled up following a flush, it could be because the water level is too high or the rubber flapper is worn out.
Adjust the water level by sliding the rod or turning the adjustment screw in order to lower the float in the tank.
If the flapper needs to be replaced, first turn off the shutoff valve, and then flush the toilet to empty the tank. Remove the flapper and the flapper chain and install the new part before turning the water back on.
5. Perform a plumbing maintenance
A great part of preventing plumbing issues is through regular maintenance. Proper winterization helps protect your plumbing system during the cold months, and flushing your hot water heater and radiators are all important for keeping your appliances in great working order. Be sure to read our blog to learn all these essential plumbing skills for homeowners.
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