When it comes to your home’s plumbing installations, maintenance, and repairs, it’s always best to count on a plumbing company for a professional outcome. Expert installation can help to prevent costly problems before they start or become worse, just as regular, expert maintenance will ensure that many plumbing disasters are avoided. DIY plumbing projects by homeowners should be avoided unless you’re experienced and have access to the proper equipment and installation techniques used by professionals. ;
There are times, however, where DIY fixes and installations are perfectly safe and acceptable. In this guide, we share some helpful plumbing tips to remember when fixing simple issues that come up from time to time. With these plumbing tips, you can swiftly solve problems before or right as they come up—along with regular maintenance sessions from your trusted professional plumber, of course.
Hand Tight is Just Right
DIY plumbing projects seem to be all the rage right now—which is a great thing, as long as the work is done correctly. A rookie mistake many homeowners make when handling their own plumbing is tightening their fixtures too tightly. As any professional plumber will tell you, “hand tight is just right.” ;
In other words, tightening connections—such as bolts, screws, and pipes—can cause them to break or become damaged. Instead of over-tightening them during the installation or repair process, take care to gently close them without any added pressure. This will prevent future problems down the road.
Fixing a Sink Leak
Experiencing a leak is an inevitable aspect of owning a home. No matter how much maintenance time you put in, pipes can still become damaged and, unfortunately, shoot water where it shouldn’t be which can cause a lot of damage to your home if left untreated. There are many temporary fixes for leaking pipes you can use, such as epoxy putty, pipe clamps, replace small parts, etc. if you don’t want to call a plumber just yet.
If the leak is from inside the wall, ceiling, floor, or simply beyond what you can DIY, please call a professional.
If the sound of a dripping faucet keeps you up at night and the thought of how much water you’re wasting worries you, you can relax. Fixing a leaky faucet is quick and inexpensive; even the most amateur DIYer can tackle this task.
The most common sources of a leaking faucet – a worn out washer or gasket, a loose O ring, corrosion in the valve seat – can be detected and fixed easily with most faucet repair kits. Damaged or deteriorated faucet parts are the leading cause of leaks in bathroom, shower and kitchen faucets, especially if you have an older one in your home.
If a water pipe under the sink is leaking, you need to act quickly to prevent damage and avoid costly repairs to floors, walls and ceilings. While you’ll need a plumber for a complete repair, we’ll show you how to fix a leaking pipe with temporary measures to minimize damage until a professional can arrive.
First, locate where the leak is coming from. A common sink drain consists of the following components: the sink drain, tailpiece, P-trap and waste pipe.
Plugging the sink drain with a stopper and filling sink with water is the best way to determine if the sink drain is leaking. By observing the sink drain from underneath the cabinet with a flashlight, you should be able to determine if it is indeed leaking. Leaking sink drains allow water to seep out from around the rubber washer and continue down the outside of the pipes below. This is why it is important to test the sink drain first. In the event the sink drain is leaking, tightening or replacing the plumber's putty and rubber washer should correct the problem.
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Other ways to fix a leaky pipe include:
Wrap tape & Repair Clamps
Slip & Compression Couplings
Fixing a Toilet Leak
When it comes to household plumbing issues, there’s little more annoying than a broken or poorly functioning toilet. Not only can toilet problems cause your utilities bills to skyrocket, they can make using your bathroom a nightmare. To prevent your toilet from causing issues or breaking down, it’s important to be aware of some of the leading causes of toilet plumbing problems.
Replacing the flapper
Replacing the fill valve
Replacing the handle/ arm
Replacing the gaskets
Maintaining the Water Heater
Have you had to dance in the shower because rather than enjoying the hot water, you instead received ice-cold water? Well, water heaters are just like other appliances that need maintenance to increase the longevity.
There are two main reason that this could happen. Either your water heater has a broken unreplaceable part and needs to be replaced completely, or the sediment inside the water has caused damage to the bottom of your water heater. In the latter case, you would need to drain the water from your heater and clean the inside at least once a year.
The video to the right provides a great explanation for why it's important to flush your water heater.
To drain your water heater, turn off the water supply and power to the heater. If you have an electric heater, you can simply turn off the power to the machine. Next, connect a water hose to the drain fitting at the bottom of the tank and begin to drain all the excess water inside of the tank. Make sure to open the drain valve on the water heater so that all of the sediment on the bottom of tank can be removed during the process. After draining all of the sediment, close the drain valve and turn on the main water supply to refill your tank. You must refill your tank before you turn the power back to avoid damage to the heater.