Imagine my surprise when I came home from work one freezing cold evening and found water flooding my basement. I ran to turn off the water and then I called the plumber. Even though it was late in the evening, the plumber immediately came to my house and fixed the busted water line. The plumber told me that I could have prevented my water line from freezing and busting if I had winterized the pipes. After researching various methods, I insulated the pipes so they won't freeze again. My name is Joel Hampton and this blog is about the different ways to winterize your plumbing pipes to keep them from freezing. Coming home to a basement filled with water is a nightmare and I hope that after reading the information in my blog, it won't happen to you.
If you are a new homeowner, you'll want to learn a few skills to help you settle into your home. Instead of calling someone for help, try these things on your own first to see if you can manage the situation yourself. Over time, you'll be able to build a repertoire of home care know-how.
Fix a Dripping Sink
If your kitchen or bathroom sink is dripping water, it may be something as simple as a rubber washer that needs to be replaced. Before you get started, turn the water off under your sink. You should see two shut off valves under the sink, one for the hot water and the other for the cold water. Turn both valves clockwise to turn the water off.
Remove the screws on each handle, pull them off, and you should see a packing nut. Unscrew this nut, unscrew the stem, and you will see the washers, which are typically black and made of rubber. Take the washers you removed to a hardware store, and buy new ones that match exactly. Replace the washers and put everything back together in reverse order.
If you still have a leaky faucet, you should call a sink repair service, like Rapid Rooter Of Central Oregon, to help you.
Find a Stud
There will be times when you want to hang something on the wall, such as a shelf. You can first try to knock on the wall with your knuckles until you hear a solid sound. You will hear a hollow sound where there are no studs. In most cases, studs are placed the same width apart. For example, find one stud and then measure to the next. There are usually studs at the corners of the room, so you can start there. You can also purchase stud finders at hardware stores. Follow the instructions on the packaging on how to use it.
Stop an Overflowing Toilet
If you have a toilet that is overflowing, you need to stop it as soon as you can. When this happens, remove the top of the tank, and lift up on the float, which looks like a small air-filled ball. This will close the valve that is letting the water come into the bowl. Once you do this, you should turn off the water. You should find a valve close to the toilet that you turn clockwise to turn it off. You can now wait for the water to drain back into the bowl. Once this happens, turn the water back on.
These are just some of the skills you need to learn as a new homeowner. You will figure out other skills you need to know as things happen. Once you learn, the next time something happens you will be ready for it.