Interested in taking care of your home’s plumbing maintenance needs, but not interested in breaking the bank? Though regular maintenance can actually save you money in the long run, we understand that some people won’t commit to a full system check-up every year. With a combination of these low-cost plumbing services and some manageable at-home maintenance yourself, you can have a smoothly running plumbing system that lasts.
Here are the plumbing services that you can easily do yourself:
Fix a Dripping Tap
When fixing a dripping faucet, the washer or the valve seat that the washer sits on are probably the culprits. First, turn off the water supply to the faucet and drain the remaining water in the pipe. This stop is important, so don’t forget to turn the water off before proceeding. Remove the headgear and replace the washer or valve seat, then reassemble and test the tap. This is a relatively easy task to accomplish yourself with the help of an instructional YouTube video!
Unclog a Drain
A surface-level drain clog is relatively easy to prevent or fix on your own. As a general rule, you should be using hair-catchers in your drains, avoid dumping grease or larger particles down drains, and know how much food your garbage dispenser can handle. Sometimes, you may even be able to remove a clog with a cleaning process involving hot water, baking soda, and vinegar. Otherwise, a twenty inch hair-grabber snake can cost less than ten dollars works wonders.
The most difficult part of caulking is choosing the right kind for your shower or bathtub. Latex caulking is easier to work with if you’re a beginner, but silicone tends to form a more durable seal. For a DIY project, either will be sufficient. You’ll start by removing the old caulk as best as you can with a utility knife. If you encounter mold, you’ll want to clean it with a commercial cleaning solution before continuing. Then, prep your area with painter’s tape, use a caulking gun to line a thick bead along the area, and let dry for 24 hours.
Some plumbing services are too risky to attempt by yourself and should always be done by a professional. If you are interested in the following services, it’s best to enlist the help of a licensed plumber.
Burst Pipe Replacement
While a simple leaky pipe can be patched up with a pipe patch, a burst pipe is a different world of problems. A burst pipe must be completely replaced, which means that a professional must safely detach your old pipes and replace them.
When it comes to sewer issues, leave it to a plumber. A sewer clog can mess up your entire plumbing system, and trying to fix it incorrectly could even lead to a sewer backup that damages your walls, floors, furniture, and electrical system. A plumber will have the correct equipment, expertise, and knowledge to diagnose the root cause of the problem and fix it.
Honest Plumbing Services
Here at Shepherd’s, our licensed and reputable plumbers want your plumbing systems to serve you well and last a long time. Give us a call at (650) 422-2466 to schedule a consultation or inquire about any of our services. We’re here for you!