Plumbing problems can be costly, especially if they’re not tackled as soon as they arise. With that in mind, most local plumbing companies would suggest that you fix small issues as soon as possible to prevent them from becoming worse. Early fixes are usually more affordable. Waiting too long to fix a problem can make it more expensive to repair. The good news is that there are a few DIY repairs you can handle all on your own. Here are four…
There are several signs of clogging, such as water moving slowly or not moving at all. Sometimes water may come up the pipes to fill your sink instead of going down. If you think your pipes are clogged, you need a drain snake that can remove the clogs when inserted into the drain. If you suspect that a bigger object is causing the clog, you can use a dry-wet vacuum. Alternatively, you can invest in a good plunger to help with clogs.
Replace Smaller Parts
Sometimes components of the plumbing system become worn out, resulting in their failure to function as required, resulting in leaks. Local plumbing companies recommend replacing such parts, especially when they’re on the surfaces like in a toilet or a faucet. Other plumbing issues require more expertise. However, replacing smaller parts may be something you can do at home.
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Use Heat When Necessary
If you’re trying to fix areas under the sink and experiencing trouble with the trap, you can use heat to loosen it. Trying to get such areas loose by using a lot of strength can only lead to more damage. Heat can loosen solidified debris faster, but be careful not to start a fire. A propane torch can be used for efficiency, but is best left to a professional plumber. A plumber will first protect the surrounding walls with a fire-resistant material.
Choose a Thread Tape Over Thread Sealing
Some local plumbing companies use thread sealing compounds, but that is because they have the knowledge and expertise needed for proper installation. When you handle repairs as DIY projects, you may not achieve the same results and end up with dripping seals around the house. Thread tapes also have the advantage of multiple uses. Use a thicker tape if you’re dealing with gas pipes and a thinner one for water pipes. You should also roll the tape in a clockwise manner around the threads and make sure it attaches tightly.
Call a Professional
Always familiarize yourself with the plumbing system’s different components and know where the shut-off valves are located in case you need to turn them off, including the water heater. Also, know where isolation valves are so that you get water supply during the repair, even when the main valves are shut off. If you don’t think you can handle the repair on your own, call a professional. At Shepherd’s Plumbing, we’re here to help. Contact us today at (650) 861-4995.