As a homeowner, you are sure to encounter a plumbing problem at one time or another. The most common plumbing problems occur in either the kitchen or the bathroom near sinks and drains. Luckily, the most common concerns are also the easiest to repair. I’ve listed some do-it-yourself repair tips to help you get through some of what’s sure to be a problem during the life of your home-ownership.
Clogged sinks are usually caused by a blockage of food or grease in the drain pipes. Initially, try to use a plunger to loosen up the blockage and see if that will help unclog your sink. You may need to stuff a wet dishcloth into the drain on the other side of the sink (in kitchen) or in the overflow drain (in bathroom) to create suction. If that doesn’t work, you can also try to snake a piece of wire down the drain to dislodge the block. Lastly, if that fails, remove the drain plug (attached to the u-shaped pipe under the sink) and snake a wire into both sides of the pipe to loosen any debris. If all else fails, try removing the entire pipe and clearing the blockage using a plumbing snake (wire).
Any blockage is usually caused by something lodged in the drain pipes. If you see water rising after you’ve flushed the toilet instead of going down, immediately turn off the water supply to the toilet to stop it from overflowing. Next use a plunger to unblock it. A wire snake may be required in some instances. You would use the snake the same way you would in a sink.
Leaky faucets are generally caused by corroded valves or worn washers. Replacing worn washers should solve your leaky faucet problem. Always make sure to turn off the water supply to the sink FIRST.
The culprit of a running toilet can usually be found in the toilet tank. Lift the lid and observe the rubber tank ball and rubber flapper. Usually if the toilet is constantly running, the flush valve is not fully closing or the tank ball is sticking. Replacing the rubber flapper and adjusting the alignment of the ball usually solves the problem.
Costly repair and utility bills could occur if left unattended. So be sure to solve these plumbing problems quickly to save a lot of time and money in the future.
Fixing a plumbing issue on your own is rewarding but it the job is too much the call your local licensed plumber in Houston.