D.I.Y Emergency Plumbing Guide
We all like to think of ourselves as somewhat of a D.I.Y master, one who is totally at one with their home and can fix ANYTHING, absolutely ANYTHING. Unfortunately, for a lot of us, this really isn’t true, particularly when it comes to emergency plumbing.
Luckily, this guide has you covered!
Lesson 1 is regarding how to fix a running toilet. If you’ve flushed your toilet once and it won’t stop running, there is nothing more annoying in the world. But there is no need to panic, fixing this is generally a quick job and doesn’t require a world of expertise.
Generally, this is a fairly simple problem and can be fixed by something as simple as checking if the flusher is stuck down. However, you may need to check just a few extra little details. For example, the overflow tube should be slightly above the water line. You may also need to check the ballcock and flapper. For example, if the flapper chain is tangled or misaligned, it won’t close properly and water will simply continue to run into the toilet and the cistern will continue refilling.
When it comes to unclogging the toilet, the best option is to get the trusty old plunger out. Of course, sometimes the plunger just will not do the trick and more urgent action needs to be taken. Clearing a blockage away with a chemical drain cleaning product, or (if you’re really in need) your hands (make sure you’re wearing gloves) will help you see exactly what the problem is. In many cases, this will clear the blockage itself.
Of course, if that blockage is proving increasingly difficult to shift, then its time to get creative. A mixture of baking soda and vinegar is a strong cocktail that will clear most blockages, or you might try the old Plumber’s Snake trick. Uncoiling an old metal coat hanger, inserting it into the toilet drain and maneuvering it around the blockage until it becomes unstuck should be just the ticket.
Unblocking the sink is generally a fairly similar process to unblocking the toilet. Always start with a plunger, it might be a much easier job than anticipated, but remember to plug other outlets with rags so that the pressure is as high as it can be. The baking soda and vinegar trick always works well, and so does the Plumber’s Snake. If nothing else works, you can try the chemical method, but this should be a last resort as it is harmful to the environment.
Leaking pipes can be caused by a large number of issues, which can range from a dishwasher overload to a problem with the hot water system, but wherever they come from, no one likes flooding in their home. The first step is obviously to turn off the valve connected to the pipe in question. We would recommend a temporary solution to the problem until it can be fixed properly, either a rubber cover or a clamp will hold leaks for a short period of time, but it is always best to purchase new pipes as soon as humanly possible.
When you do purchase new pipes, be sure that you know your measurements, and have carefully cut out the damaged portion of the existing pipe.
Of course, sometimes if you have emergency plumbing problems, you’ll need an actual emergency plumber. Don’t be afraid to call out if you feel that the problem is beyond your expertise.
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