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Home plumbing issues a homeowner can tackle on their own.

Posted 12:59 February 08, 2023
Last Updated 12:59 February 08, 2023

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Plumbing issues can be a real pain in the neck, but not all of them require you to call in a professional. With a few basic tools and some know-how, you can tackle many common plumbing problems yourself and save some money in the process. So, let's dive in and get started!

First and foremost, it's important to have the right tools on hand. A good set of plumbing tools should include adjustable pliers, basin wrench, plumbers' tape, plunger, bucket, and a few other essentials. Once you have your tools, you're ready to take on some simple plumbing repairs.

One of the most common issues homeowners face is a leaky faucet. A leaky faucet not only wastes water, but it also wastes money. The good news is that fixing a leaky faucet is one of the easiest and most cost-effective repairs you can make. Start by turning off the water supply to the faucet. Then, use your adjustable pliers to remove the handle and expose the valve stem. Apply plumbers' tape to the threads on the stem, then reassemble the faucet and turn the water back on. If the leak persists, the valve seat may be worn and will need to be replaced.

Another common plumbing problem is clogged drains. A clogged drain can be caused by a variety of things, from hair and soap scum to grease and food particles. Before you reach for the chemical drain cleaner, try using a plunger. Simply fill the sink or tub with enough water to cover the plunger, then place the plunger over the drain and pump vigorously. If that doesn't work, you can try using a snake, which is a long, flexible rod that can be inserted into the drain to remove the clog. If you still can't clear the clog, it may be time to call in a professional plumber.

A running toilet is another issue that homeowners often face. If your toilet is running, it's likely due to a faulty flapper, which is the rubber valve that seals the tank and prevents water from draining into the bowl. To fix a running toilet, start by turning off the water supply to the toilet. Then, remove the tank lid and flush the toilet to empty the water. Locate the flapper and examine it for any signs of damage or wear. If the flapper is damaged, you'll need to replace it. If it's just dirty, you can clean it with a soft cloth and a little bit of vinegar. Reinstall the flapper and turn the water supply back on. If your toilet is still running after you've made these repairs, the problem may be with the fill valve, which controls the amount of water in the tank.

Another area of the home that requires routine maintenance is the water heater. Over time, the water heater tank can accumulate sediment and minerals, which can reduce its efficiency and cause damage to the tank. To keep your water heater in good condition, it's important to drain the tank once or twice a year. Start by turning off the power supply to the heater and turning off the water supply. Connect a garden hose to the drain valve at the bottom of the tank and run the other end of the hose outside. Open the drain valve and allow the tank to drain until the water runs clear. Close the drain valve and turn the water and power back on.

Finally, let's talk about fixing a leak in a pipe. If you have a leak in a pipe, it's important to act quickly to prevent further damage. Start by turning off the water supply to the area and locating the leak. If the leak is in the pipe, use a bucket or basin to catch any water that may be coming out. Depending on the size of the leak, you may be able to fix it with a simple patch or clamp. If the leak is larger or if the pipe is damaged, you may need to replace the section of pipe. To do this, turn off the water supply, cut out the damaged section of pipe, and replace it with a new section. Use plumbers' tape on the threads to prevent leaks, and turn the water supply back on.

In conclusion, with a few basic tools and a little know-how, you can tackle many common plumbing problems yourself and save some money in the process. Whether you're dealing with a leaky faucet, clogged drain, running toilet, or leaky pipe, these simple repairs are well within the reach of most homeowners. And, with a little bit of maintenance, you can keep your plumbing system running smoothly for years to come. So, grab your tools, get your hands dirty, and get to work!

If you'd prefer the services of a professional plumber instead, contact us here at All Trades. We service Las Vegas, Henderson, Boulder City, and most parts of Clark County Nevada. We offer both same day and emergency services.

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