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 have simple plumbing problems, a call to the plumber for emergency repairs can be costly. This is why you may want to take care of some of the smallest repairs like clogged drains yourself. With the right tools and a little bit of knowledge, you can save yourself from unnecessary repair costs. Here are some of the most common plumbing problems you may face and what you need to do to fix them:
1. Repairing Kitchen Sink By Replacing Or Cleaning Traps
One of the areas of your home that you are most likely to have problems with the plumbing is the kitchen sink. This is often due to problems with the trap under the sink becoming clogged or breaking. Removing it can be simple if you have fittings that screw together. If you do not have these fittings, you can cut the old trap out and replace it with a replacement that has the screw type fittings.
2. Get Clogs Out Of The Tub Drain Using A Plumbing Snake
The bathtub or shower can be another place where you may have potential plumbing problems, especially if you have small children. Getting clogs out of the drain can be a challenge. If a plunger does not work, try using a plumbing snake to get stubborn clogs out of the drain. You can do this by removing the trap in the bottom of the drain and sending a snake down it.
3. Stop Leaking Fittings By Adding New Teflon Tape To Seal Them
There are also many fittings that can leak in your home. These are usually the hoses that connect faucets or water lines to toilets. To repair these leaking fittings, turn the water service off and drain the water out of the lines. Remove the leaking fitting and put Teflon tape around the threads. Make sure the tape is wrapped around the fitting in the direction of the threads to prevent it from coming off when your reattach the fitting.
4. Stop A Toilet From Constantly Running By Replacing Floater Valves
Do you have a toilet that just will not stop running? This is usually caused by a bad floater valve in the tank. To replace the old valve, there are only a few screws and clips to remove. Replace the floater valve to stop the toilet from running constantly. When you do this, you can also add a jug of water to the tank to reduce water consumption.
These are some of the most common plumbing problems you may face in your home and what you may need to do to deal with them. If you need help with major plumbing emergencies, contact a plumber and talk with them about helping you with the repairs to your plumbing.