Basic Home Plumbing Tips

If you’re “not so much” the handy type, at least where plumbing is concerned, this blog is for you. New or established, there are just certain things you’ll do well to know to help prevent problems from occurring, or at least from getting any worse.  So, let’s give it a whirl:

Shutting off your water heater

A habit well worth forming is to check on your water heater periodically, especially if it’s getting up there in years. Primarily what you’re looking for are any signs of a water leak, a clear indication of internal tank corrosion.  If there are water stains but no active leaking, call a plumber right away. If it is leaking, here’s what to do:

  • Turn off the water supply.
  • Turn off the water heater.
  • Attach a hose to the drain valve.
  • Turn on a hot water faucet.
  • Open the drain valve until the tank has fully drained.
  • Then, close the drain valve, refill the tank, and turn the water heater back on.

Running toilet

If the flapper isn’t working properly, you can purchase a flapper kit and replace one for the other in quick order.  This is “low skill” fix.

Kitchen sink back-up

Start by using a short-handled plunger, but not if you’ve already poured chemicals or hot water down the drain. If plunging doesn’t work right away, mix a half cup each of baking soda and distilled white vinegar and pour that down the drain. Wait at least 15 minutes, and then pour a medium pot of boiling water down the drain. If that still doesn’t go the trick wait until the hot water has completely drained before going the plunger route one more time.

Leaking pipes. Most leaking pipe problems will require the services of a professional plumber, but there is at least one thing you can try: try tightening the fitting.  On the other hand, if you happen to notice a water leak or a stained ceiling, etc., but can’t see where the source of the leak, you need a plumber.

Clogged shower head. The most common cause is the buildup of lime or calcium deposits. The head can be removed or covered with a plastic bag to soak overnight in a solution of vinegar and baking soda. Once morning comes around, remove the bag and then lightly wash the showerhead. It should look and function like new.

Don’t see the plumbing issue you were looking? Or, maybe you have, but just don’t feel up to fixing it yourself. No matter what the reason, Your 1 Plumber is here to take care of some or all of your home plumbing…no matter how small or large the issue might be.  Call today for prompt and professional attention.

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