Three DIY Plumbing Solutions

If a tree falls on your house and you don’t even have a hand saw, you’re probably not going to try removing it yourself. If your car’s engine “blows up” and you have no auto mechanical skills, guess what? You’re either going to junk it or take it to a repair shop.

Well, what happens if your toilet overflows, a tap refused to shut off, or your hot water starts showing hints of red? Are you more likely to contact a plumber on the spot or at least try to solve the problem on your own?  Let’s say you chose the latter option, but you need a little guidance.

That’s what this Plumbtastic blog is all about.   

Low Water Pressure

When water pressure steadily decreases over time, it could be caused by a buildup of the minerals contained in hard water. To find out if that’s the case in your shower, check for lime accumulation on the showerhead. If there’s visible buildup, start by removing the showerhead and the spray plate – you may need a screwdriver. Immerse the spray plate in a shallow bath of descaling solution and follow product directions. After the right amount of time has passed, rinse off the spray plate and reassemble the showerhead.

Toilet Overflowing

Open the tank and push the tank stopper belt down to the valve seat and keep pressing on it. Next, shut down the toilet water supply by turning the shut-off valve behind the toilet and near the floor. Then, use some combination of a plunger, snake, boiling hot water, and/or a non-toxic drain cleaning solution to unblock the toilet.   

Faucet Won’t Shut Off

Most faucets contain a rubber or composition washer that closes onto a metal washer seat. Over time, the washer will harden and crack or simply wear down. This causes the faucet to leak. You can close the faucet tighter to stop the drip, but this is a temporary solution at best. If you don’t know how to affect a longer-term solution, check your owner’s manual or search the internet by faucet make and model number.   

What to do if you don’t have the time or inclination to attempt even the simplest of DIY plumbing solutions? Of course – contact Plumbtastic Plumbing & Rooter for expert problem diagnosis, repair, and, when necessary, plumbing replacement. We’re here to assist you whenever the need arises.

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