The thing with house plumbing problems is that they tend to accumulate and sneak up on you when you expect it the least. Truth be told, there’s never a good time to experience plumbing problems, but there’s a bit of difference between Monday morning or Saturday night. One way or another, there are simple maintenance tips that can prevent unexpected plumbing disasters and make your life a bit easier down the road.
Watch out for water leaks
Although they might seem insignificant at the moment, small water leaks often give way to bigger problems. Dripping faucets are so common, that it’s hard to find someone who hasn’t dealt with that issue. Apart from being irritating, the water that goes to waste can increase your water bill, with a single faucet being capable of dripping out hundreds of litres over the year. What causes the dripping in most cases is a small and inexpensive internal washer that becomes stiff or wears out over time. Even an amateur homeowner can replace it with proper tools.
Unclog the sink
A kitchen sink that drains slowly is the first sign of a potential clog. Materials like congealed fat, and food remains may have lodged somewhere in the drain pipe, while in the bathroom, the clog is most commonly caused by a cocktail of knotted hair and soap (yes, disgusting). Whether it’s the kitchen sink or the bathroom tub, you’ll want to unblock the drain until it clogs completely. On your disposal you have a plunger, a mix of baking soda and vinegar, a chemical clog remover, and using a plumber’s snake. If you’re using chemical de-cloggers make sure to wear gloves and goggles and never mix different products.
Stop the running toilet
A running toilet can be a costly malfunction, with hundreds of gallons literally going down the drain every day. However, the most common cause is worn out flapper valve which regulates the water passing from the tank to the bowl. Luckily, it’s not hard to fix, and there are even specialized toilet repair kits available in many hardware stores. In rare cases, a toilet run might be caused by sediments that affect flushing and filling. Even small, invisible leaks are enough to make a difference on the water bill. Pour some food colouring in the tank and see if any of it seeps down to the bowls without flushing.
Respond to emergencies
In a cinematic scenario like water gushing from your sink, toilet or anywhere else, you need to locate main shutoff valve for the water supply. Chances are it’ll be in a dark, hidden, or hard-to-reach place, so have your emergency plumber’s tool ready at all times. On the other hand, if you don’t feel like rushing home from work through a midday traffic a town away, you better have a number of a reliable contractor, such as this emergency plumber servicing Sutherland Shire, among your contacts. Their 24/7 services come with upfront prices, with no hidden charges for all types of maintenance and emergency jobs.
lmprove water pressure
Water seeping out of the tap rather than gushing might be a symptom of low water pressure in your home, and it’s a problem often encountered in older houses. One possible cause of low pressure is leaking pipes that have become broken, worn or corroded over time. In other cases, it’s caused by sedimentation and mineral build-up on aerators. if the tap is the problem, remove the aerator and soak it in vinegar which will clean the sediments. If the shower head is the problem, in many cases the easiest solution is to buy a new one.
Prevent sewage backup
Nothing short of a homeowner’s worst nightmare, sewer system backup isn’t only smelly and inconvenient, but also expensive to fix. If your house has multiple drains and toilets not working properly, this is likely the case. Dealing with the issue depends on the location of blockage. If the blockage is on your property, then the problem is yours. On the other hand, if it’s on a public road, the municipal, water company should take care of it. If you call the water company first, you may not have to pay the plumber to locate the blockage in the first place.
With a few plumbing tools and a bit of knowledge, every homeowner can learn how to handle smaller plumbing maintenance tasks and issues. It’s important to tackle even the smallest problems early on, as they can escalate into bigger ones, that only an expert plumber can deal with.