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Knowing how to fix some minor plumbing issues at home should help you to save some money and time. It requires some familiarity with the basic operations of plumbing systems for understanding the problem to settle the issues comfortably.
Indeed, some bigger plumbing problems would require the expertise of Vancouver plumbers but the ones discussed in this article are very much within reach of residents. For example, any resident should be able to fix problems of overflowing toilets and dripping faucets without any fuss.
How to Set Right Some Minor Plumbing Issues at Home All by Yourself
Resolving the problems when these are quite small should help to avoid bigger problems that would need the intervention of plumbers.
- Detect the Symptoms of Water Damage and Rectify Them Before They Worsen Further
- How Can You Find the Right Plumber to Deal With Emergencies?
- Plumber Equipment Which You Can Use for Your DIY Plumbing
- Keep Your Drain Pipe Clean with a Good Kitchen Sink Strainer
- Common Residential Plumbing Problems: What are they?
Replacing Some Parts Inside the Faucet or Cistern Is Easy
The fear of causing more damage grips us when we think about replacing some simple plumbing items like the faucet’s cartridge or the flapper of the toilet cistern.
However, the task is quite easy because there are no chances of causing more damage when you try to replace the part like it can happen if you are trying to dismantle pipes under the shower or sink which can lead to messy issues.
When there is some leakage between the cistern or toilet tank and the bowl, it could be that the flappers have worn out and needs replacement. Buy new flappers and follow the instructions on the label to replace it. Similarly, you can replace the entire cartridge of a leaking faucet to set it right all by yourself.
Remove Drain Clogs Without Using Chemicals
Keeping a drain snake at home is very useful for cleaning clogged drains of basins and sinks that tend to choke very often.
Usually, there is a lump of clog stuck in the drain pipe that you can access by inserting a drain snake inside the pipe and then pulling it out after removing the drain cover. Another way to remove the clog is to use a wet or dry vacuum cleaner to suck it from inside the drain.
Use Thread Seals Instead of Thread Sealing Compounds
Although plumbers are comfortable in using thread sealing compound by taking care of the problems of smearing and dripping, it might be quite messy for you to handle it.
Instead, you can use thread tape to tighten the grip on threads when doing some plumbing at home. Wrapping the thread tape anti-clockwise on the threaded portion is the norm.
Thread tape is ideal for fixing leaking shower heads. Unscrew the showerhead, wrap the thread tape in a clockwise direction on the threaded pie and then re-attach the shower head by ensuring proper tightening to stop the leak.
Unscrew Tough Water Pipe Fittings by Using Heat
Sometimes you might find it quite difficult to loosen the trap or some other pipe fitting under the sink that has become too tight. Mere strength is not enough to unscrew the parts. A better way of doing the job is to use a propane torch for heating the portion for a few minutes to loosen the thread seal and unscrew the parts.