You Can Handle Some of Your Plumbing Problems By Yourself

27/12/2013 07:42

You never know when you'll have a plumbing problem.

You may have problems with your water heater as you enter your morning shower. Your garbage disposal can break right after a big family dinner? You toilet can back up in the middle of your holiday barbecue when you have a house full of guests. These are things you can't prepare for.


You may not know it, but there are things you can do to keep your plumbing problem from becoming costly. Before you pick up the phone to call in a plumbing repair services company make a careful assessment of the problem.


If you have an electric water heater the first thing you need to do is cut the power to the tank. Be careful in assessing the situation. Do you have a puddle, or is it a flood. If the area is flooded you do not want to go in.


After you ensure the power is off, turn off the water that goes to the unit. Any water in the area can be removed with a wet/dry vac. When the area is dry you can closely inspect your hot water heater unit. Use a flashlight to look for leaks. If you find the leak you can provide that information to the plumber when you call or when he arrives.


If your toilet or sink is backed up you can try to use a plunger. Use the plunger until the clog is removed, if possible. If you see hair, plastic or any other blockage remove it with a gloved hand and continue to use the plunger. Do not use chemicals to remove the blockage. Many of these solutions can cause damage to your plumbing and may be toxic if handled incorrectly.


A broken garbage disposal should be handled cautiously. Never attempt to remove any clogged material from the unit with your hand. Cut all power to the unit and inspect the inside with a flashlight. Also check the drain connected to the disposal. Use a stick to remove any clogs. If you can't remove the blockage call a professional for assistance.


If you're plumbing fixtures are broken you'll need to replace them. Make sure you buy the appropriate replacement fixture. If you're not sure, take the broken fixture with you. Many fixtures such as faucets, fixtures and shower heads can be easily replaced.


These are some simple plumbing problems that you can fix yourself. Not only it will save you money, but this can allow you to quickly solve a problems before it turns into a watery mess.

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