Thursday, February 5, 2015

DIY Hints for Plumbing Repair

DIY Hints for Plumbing Repair
All household sinks, toilets, garbage disposals, and other plumbing utilities occasionally malfunction. But it's not always necessary to call your local plumber to solve problems. With a little research and ingenuity, virtually anyone can take care of small plumbing snafus. And there's nothing like the feeling of self-sufficiency that follows fixing a broken utility through your own industriousness.

While there literally might not be enough space on the entire internet to include every possible handyman's solution to plumbing issues here, we've provided some strategies for do it yourself, or DIY, plumbing repair.

Patching a Leaky Pipe
For many people, an inevitable leaky pipe will immediately prompt them to dial up their plumber, but the equipment necessary for temporarily plugging small leaks – pipe patches and plumber's epoxy - should be available at your local hardware store. Just make sure to purchase patches intended for contact with "potable water" if you're fixing a sink or shower. The San Francisco Chronicle notes that, in this instance, "potable water" is a technical term for drinking water. Obviously, certain types of industrial adhesives should be kept away from anything you might end up eating or drinking.

Stopping a Running Toilet
A gratuitously running toilet tank will expend plenty of water that won't go to any good use, but it's one of the easiest plumbing problems a person can resolve on his or her own. The online resource Do It Yourself explains that it's usually as simple as checking into what's amiss inside the tank. After a flush, if the tank isn't filling, but water continues to flow, the flush valve at the bottom of the tank probably needs to be replaced. If the tank is becoming more than 3/4th full, the ball-cock assembly is likely the culprit. In other words, if the water isn't getting stored in the tank, the plug that's supposed to keep it there needs fixing, and if the water isn't traveling to the bowl when it is supposed to, the unplugging mechanism is the issue.

Reducing Leakage of Showerheads
Perhapsone ofthe simplest plumbing home remedies is also one of the most common problems. If a shower head continues to drip regardless of whether it is in use - assuming the head itself isn't the problem - odds are good that the washers in the faucet need to be replaced. To do that, all that's necessary is turning off the water supply to the house, unscrewing the faucet, and replacing the circular, tiny metal washers. After that relatively quick set of actions, extra drips should cease to cause any headaches.

But keep in mind, some issues are too complicated for a plumbing layman to handle on his or her own. If you start to feel in over your head by any household utility problem, there's never any shame in calling an expert plumber.

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