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When you are a homeowner, you know that at some point you will face the cost of home repairs and those repairs may or may not have something to do with plumbing. Of course, you might want to rush right out and hire a plumber the minute you do find something wrong with the household pipes, but you may be surprised to know that many common repairs are easy fixes.
Having a do-it-yourself attitude can pay off in the long run in terms of monetary savings and convenience too. On the other hand, there are some times when calling in a pro is the best thing you can possibly do. Let’s examine different scenarios you might face and how to deal with the issues if they arise.
When there is an overflow of the toilet tank…
Does your toilet keep running and running after every flush? Can you see the water moving into the bowl continuously? Then it is time for you to turn off the toilet at the water shut off valve: It is a metal knob located near the base of the toilet and just beside it or behind it. You must then lift the lid on the back of the toilet seat to get to the float: A long bar with a hallow ball attached to it.
Moving the float will cause the flap in the back of the tank to move and close. The closure of the flap will ensure you toilet no longer runs. Run a few test flushes to get the overflow to cease. If the problem continues, you may have to call in a pro to replace some of the inner guts in the back of the toilet.
When you face the pipes leaking…
If you have no plumbing experience whatsoever and the leak in the pipes is not a simple under the sink fix, it is time to call in the professionals. As you wait for the plumber to arrive, you must access the water valve that connects to the pipe that is leaking and turn it off. Leave all other work to the pros. The most common reason behind a leaking pipe is corrosion. There may even be a buildup of mold if the issue is not addressed with immediacy.
When you are stuck dealing with a burst pipe…
Just as the more complex issue of a leaking pipe is best left to the plumbing professionals, a burst pipe will also have you on the phone getting a top-notch plumber to come and fix the problem. While you are waiting, make sure to access the main water supply so you turn it off: This will stop any more flooding.
Then go through the home and wherever there are faucets go and shut them off. If you have any appliances connected to a water source, disconnect or turn them off as well, including your water heater. See if you can find the leak.
When your drain is clogged…
Clogs are something you can usually remedy on your own with a plunger, snake, or Zip It! If you plan to use a chemical to get rid of a clog, this type of treatment should be a last resort. You definitely do not want to use a chemical before using a plunger as the chemical can make the water caustic and it can splash up and injury you during clog removal.
If all of the latter measures do not repair the clog, then you can remove the trap pipe beneath the sink – make sure you place a bucket underneath so you can capture whatever it is that might be in the trap.
When you get the clog out, rinse the sink for a few minutes with very hot water to free up any remaining debris, fat deposits, and grease. Bear in mind that if you have a garbage disposal attached to your sink, handling clogs is a lot more complex and may require the assistance of a professional. But do not worry, the professionals at Dr. Pipe Drain and Plumbing Services will be happy to help you out.