Steps to Take Before Calling a Professional Plumber


When it comes to the plumbing in your home, knowing how to perform easy repairs can result in considerable savings. Fixing leaky faucets and unclogging a drain are simple tasks you can do yourself, however, if you have a big plumbing problem, you will need the services of a professional plumber. Before you call a plumber, there are a number of things you can do to determine if the problem is something you can fix yourself.

1. If you think you have a cracked or broken pipe, you should follow both the cold and water pipes in the home. Begin in the basement and trace the pipes while looking and feeling for dripping water. You will be able to see the exposed pipes. You can actually turn the taps on to help you better locate the leak. Follow the pipes from the water heater and water tank directly to the pipes under the sink and bath. When you find the leak, mark the location, and determine the extent of the damage. You will likely have to call a plumber to replace or fix a damaged water pipe. As well, note if there is a sewer smell as this may be an indication of a backed up sewer which definitely needs the services of a professional Plumber Narellan Vale.

2. Clogged drains and toilets are a common problem that can be an indication of something more serious. The first thing you should do is check to see if you can clear the clog yourself. There are a number quality drain cleaners on the market. You can try using a reputable brand drain cleaner or try a homemade drain cleaner. This includes mixing 1/2 cup vinegar and a 1/2 cup baking soda and pouring it down the drain. Let it sit for a few hours and then run hot water through it. If you have your own plumber’s snake, you can try sliding it into the drain pipe and remove the clog. For a toilet, there are a number of products that can be used to break up a blockage. As well, you can try plunging the toilet. If you cannot break up a blockage, you should call a plumber. Remember, the pipes can be broken if you are too rough on the system when trying to clear the blockage.

3. If the water in the toilet is constantly running, get a pair of pliers and adjust the chain where the ball drops (located in the toilet tank) to see if that will stop the water from running. As well, fidget with the flush arm to see if that is the problem. It may be loose and require a bit of tightening. If the faucets in any of your sinks are dripping or running, try tightening them. You may have to replace a washer if the taps are loose. If that does not work, you may have a broken faucet that may need the expertise of a plumber. If the water is constantly dripping from a shower head, you may have to replace the water head. As well, shower head leaks can occur in the connections. Unscrew the shower arm, clean it, and screw the head back on and manually tighten it.



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