Clogged drains or drippy fixtures are always inconvenient and usually messy but they don’t have to be expensive when you can fix them yourself. Depending on what is clogged or dripping there are “home remedies” that have worked for others you could try before calling in a professional. Entire shelves are devoted to draining cleaning products in some stores, and while they may work if the situation isn’t too severe, this simple “fix” can’t be expected to work on major clogs no matter what the specs on the container may claim.
Drippy faucets or water connections of any kind may not be an immediate disaster but you can count on major structural damage later if water connections are left to drip over a long period of time. Problems of this sort should be given the same urgent attention as a clogged toilet, and never be put off. Following are 5 of those “home remedies” that could end up saving you that call to the plumber:
One – If you step in standing water and you know it isn’t from a spill the first thing you need to do is shut off the water to the area that is leaking, and then try to locate the source. If it turns out to be a worn seal in a connection simply replace it and that should end the problem.
Two – If you notice a faucet leaking home repairs for this are a little more complicated but still possible if you persevere. Most faucets are sold as kits that will have everything you need to complete the job, including instructions on how it should be done. Read them carefully, work slowly, and it is possible to replace your own faucet.
Three – Clogged drains are perhaps the most frustrating plumbing problem to face because the reason for the clog isn’t always obvious. If drain cleaners don’t work you will need to use a plunger to try and force the clog through. Overflow openings in sinks should be closed off as this will help the plunger build needed pressure to move the clog.
Four – If plunging a drain doesn’t work, it could be the trap itself causing the problem. Try removing the trap completely and running water. If water runs through freely then you know you only need to clean the trap to fix the problem.
Five – If you are dealing with a clogged toilet the first thing to try is plugging it and if that doesn’t work then resort to chemicals made for the purpose. You might be able to accomplish the job using a stiff wire to try and reach the clog and then break it up. However, this method should only be attempted with extreme caution to avoid damaging the bowl via gouges or scratch marks.
When it comes to plumbing issues of any kind, common sense can usually prevent most of them. Always scrape clinging food off into the trash, never let it go down the drain. If you live in an older home, inspect all water connections to be sure they are still sound. As to preventing clogs in toilets just remember that just because a product claims to be flushable doesn’t mean it is. One thing to remember when you have tried it all and nothing has worked, then it’s time to call in the professionals at emergency plumber Ipswich QLD