DIY Plumbing Part 1: Prevention, Quick Fixes, and Tune-Ups

Major issues could have been prevented by the swift correction of small problems. Minor tasks that could be taken care of with a little elbow grease and curiosity. As a home or property owner, it’s never pleasant seeing the plumbing bill for either of them.

It is crucial that you call in the experts for significant, cumbersome, or potentially risky jobs – or if you feel that you’d rather not have to deal with the job. With that said, there are some simple, effective ways to prevent some plumbing nightmares from emerging, and Do-It-Yourself fixes for common plumbing annoyances that you may need some reassurance for.

Without further ado, here are some prevention tips, quick fixes, and tune-ups that anyone can do! Roll up your sleeves to save time, money, and stress down the line. Let’s take a plunge!

Prevention Is the Best Policy

Being proactive and caring about your plumbing in advance will benefit you in the long term. For starters, let’s consider the following preventive tips:

  • Invest in a quality strainer for all your drains, but especially for the kitchen where food debris combined with grease and oil can create inconvenient clogs. The same goes for the bathroom sink and bathtub drains, where hair gets caught and acts as a gunk magnet.
  • Have a clogged sink drain? When this happens, try to loosen with some baking soda for a few minutes, and run hot water to loosen the blockage. If you need a bit more force, use the help of a snake tool. It is so easy to defer to chemical de-clogging agents as the first path to resolution; however, repeated use will damage the pipe connections and result in leaks over time. They should be used sparingly and only in extreme circumstances.
  • Finally – and leading into our next topic – it is important that you do not use any chemical agents yourself to resolve a clogged toilet (unless advised by a reputable plumber). Nine times out of ten a plunger is all you need, but make sure it is one of good quality with rubber that is still in its prime, and a flange to secure contact when plunging.

Take Care of a Clogged Like a Pro

One of the most common (and understandably urgent) events is dealing with a clogged toilet. You’d be surprised how many people are intimidated by plunging! It is a delicate matter.

There is a proper method for plunging. You must start slow and work patiently to establish the right suction. Once you’ve made the correct contact and you feel physical resistance, you can begin to plunge energetically while still maintaining the same level of suction. Make sure your empty air from the plunger completely and fill it back up with every motion. If the shallower plunges aren’t working by themselves, add some more forceful plunges in while keeping the momentum – and always ensure that there is enough water in the bowl to keep suction contact from breaking (adding water when necessary). If this doesn’t work, consider using a toilet snake to dislodge that pesky clog!

The Tale of the Leaky Faucet

Don’t take your faucets for granted. When they get loose and start to leak, they deliver poor temperature control or keep us up while we’re trying to fall asleep. On top of that, a leaky faucet can worsen over time if left unattended – which, depending on how strong the leak is, can add to your water bill. Whether you need to repair or replace your faucet, the task is within reach!

To repair your faucet, you need to know what kind you’re dealing with. Leaks are a result of internal components having loosened, and your task is to tighten or replace them. It is important to research the make and model you’re dealing with (the specs are likely available online). Consult manual, and using the appropriate tools, disassemble the necessary parts and tighten/re-assemble the faucet according to specifications. Make sure you close off the water valve under the sink before doing any disassembly. If all attempts to repair the faucet, or if the faucet appears to be damaged, cracked, or is worn down, simply replace it altogether. (You may even decide to replace the sink itself – but that is for another day.) If this is the path you’ve chosen to take, make sure that the faucet is compatible with the sink you have, and schedule the appropriate amount of time for the job (an hour or two to be safe). Make sure to read the instructions carefully, use the appropriate tools, and if need be, have someone else assist you. 

Johnson Plumbing at Your Service!

We hope you found this an informative and encouraging read. Never hesitate to give Johnson Plumbing a call should you need assistance! Whether your pipes need a quick inspection, or you feel you’re in over your head, we’re available for consultation and deliver results in a timely manner.

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