Tips For Perfecting Common Plumbing Problems

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Understanding the various tasks necessary to keep your home clean, functional, and appealing is key to protecting your investment. From repairing a leaky faucet to replacing a broken window, maintaining your home can be overwhelming. Unfortunately, you may not be placing sufficient time and energy into your home's plumbing and septic system. Diagnosing and repairing many plumbing and septic issues in your home may be challenging, but learning how to complete these tasks is smart for reducing waste and saving money. Using this guide on common plumbing problems, you can effectively repair issues in an efficient, affordable manner.

Toilet Clogs

After moving into your home, purchase a plunger because you will need it at one point to unclog your toilet. However, if you are experiencing continuous clogs in your toilet, you may have a more involved issue.  Without diagnosing and repairing the underlying septic problem, you may face a toilet failure and expensive water damage. After paying your homeowner's insurance deductible, the repairs can cost more than $5500.

To diagnose frequent toilet clogs, inspect the components inside the tank. Flush the toilet after removing the tank's cover and watch the valve cover open and close. If the valve cover does not open easily or it does not completely close over the drain, you will need to replace the valve assembly.

Smelly Drains

Cooking, cleaning, bathing, and washing dishes or laundry will place a great deal of wear and tear on the drains in your home. Over time, dirt, food, and other debris will build up inside your plumbing and septic lines, resulting in difficulty draining and foul odors.

If you are dealing with these unappealing odors, consider flushing the drains with hot water. Place a pot of water on your stove and bring to a rapid boil. Once boiling, pour directly into the problematic drain. The hot water will eat through any buildup, removing clogs and foul odors.

Sprinkle a few tablespoons of baking soda directly into drains with foul odors. The baking soda is a natural cleanser that eats through heavy residue while deodorizing your drains. Use a sponge to scrub the baking soda into the opening of the drains, as well. Rinse with hot water.

Leaky Faucet or Showerhead

A slow drip from a faucet of showerhead is also a common problem you will most likely face as a homeowner. While this slow drip of water may not seem like a big ordeal, it can become wasteful and costly. While surprising to hear, one drip a second from a leaky faucet can waste an estimated 3000 gallons of water in a year. This waste not only affects the environment, but also it can lead to expensive water bills. Fortunately, you can stop the annoying drip, conserve water, and protect your monthly water bill using the following steps to repair the leaky faucet:

  1. Stop the supply of water to the faucet by shutting off the water shut-off valve.
  2. Use the stopper to cover the drain opening.
  3. Place a towel or cloth over the sink and drain to prevent the loss of small parts.
  4. Use a crescent wrench to untighten the faucet handle. Use light force to loosen the bolt, but be careful to avoid scratching or denting the finish of your faucet.
  5. Remove the packing nut and stem using your hands to unscrew and then locate the O-ring and washer.
  6. Inspect the O-ring and washer to make sure it is in good condition. If broken or warped, replace with new pieces. Make sure to bring the O-ring and washer to your hardware store to ensure an exact match.
  7. Apply a coat of plumber's grease to the new O-ring and washer before reinstalling.
  8. Reinstall the faucet, tightening the packing nut with your crescent wrench.
  9. Turn on your water supply to check for leaks.

While toilet clogs, foul odors, and leaky faucets are common issues, they do not need to become expensive, overwhelming repairs. Using this guide, you can diagnose and repair plumbing and septic issues without a great deal of stress or expense. For more advice, contact a sewer and draining company

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