How To Repair Common Plumbing Problems
Plumbing repairs can be a nightmare for someone as most homeowners know. When you have a plumbing problem such as a clogged toilet, or sink or shower, or other issues, the inconvenience can be significant. Anyone who has been in need of a plumber urgently has experienced this inconvenience! Many repairs can be done on your own with a few tools, courage and a little bit of know-how.
Common Toilet Plumbing Repairs
Probably the most aggravating plumbing repair is that of the overflowing toilet – yuck. You need to spring into action by immediately reaching for the cutoff valve to turn off the water. It will be behind or slightly off center from the toilet near the floor. Turn it to the right to turn the water off. You can reach into the tank and lift up the float to a horizontal position which will stop the valve from letting more water into the tank, and give it time to drain. The reason for the overflowing toilet is actually a clogged toilet. Sometimes a clog creates an overflow, sometimes it creates a slow drain. Get your plunger and get good coverage on the drain hole at the bottom of the toilet bowl. If plunging does not work, you can use a drain snake to find what’s stuck in there. Another common issue is a loose toilet. This is not just annoying, it is also potentially really dangerous because the movement and tipping can destroy the wax ring’s seal at the base of the toilet which will cause a leak over time from the water flushing. You can handle the problem pretty easily by tightening the nuts on the bolts on the floor (while not over tightening so as to crack the base of the toilet) If this does not work, then you need to remove the toilet because the bolt heads are probably loose from the drain flange or are broken. You should just replace the nuts and bolts and wax ring. All of these parts should be available in a kit. Non-working handles on toilets can be a big hassle. Sometimes the handle is broken outside and sometimes it is broken on the inside, where the arm inside the tank that connects to the flapper chain is broken. This can make it seem like the handle is broken because it will just flop around and not do anything. Open the tank and check out the chain first to see if you slide it back on the arm it will flush. You can buy replacement parts very cheaply at your local hardware store. Of course, there are Mesa Arizona plumbers you can contact if you are not inclined or do not have the tools or time to perform the repair yourself. Sometimes it can seem more complicated.
Common Clogged Sink or Tub Plumbing Repairs
One of the common issues will be a clogged sink or tub. Dirt, hair, shampoo and dead skin remnants build up over time inside your drains and cause them not to work. A drain snake is the perfect tool and is not super expensive to invest in. You could also use a wire hanger, straightened out. Feed it down and twirl it around a few inches past the stopper, then slowly pull it out. This is an easy DIY plumbing repair that many homeowners can do. You will probably come up with a gross pile of hair and junk. Follow this same procedure a few more times until nothing else comes out.