Dealing With Simple Plumbing Problems

Posted on: 19 May 2016

As a homeowner, you want to have a good understanding of how to take care of small plumbing issues so you can fix these things quickly and on your own. In order to be prepared for dealing with those small repairs, you want to have the proper equipment and the know-how. Learn about these things in this article.

Plumbing tools and supplies you should have on hand

  • Plumber's tape
  • A flathead and phillips screwdriver
  • A pipe wrench
  • A rag
  • A bucket
  • Gloves
  • Stiff wire

What to do when your sink clogs

If your sink has clogged, or the water is taking longer to go down, then there is a good chance the P-trap is clogged. Turn off the water to that sink, place a bucket under the curved pipe (this is the P-trap) and turn the connector rings. If you can't turn them by hand, use the pipe wrench. Remove the curved pipe and use a wire to clean out any debris into the bucket.

Take the old plumber's tape off the ends, put new tape on them and reattach the pipe, hand tightening the connectors. You don't need to use the pipe wrench to tighten them, the strength of hand tightening will do the job just fine. Turn the water back on and check for leaks. If there is a leak, you may need to add more plumber's tape.

What to do if your toilet floods

If you have a clogged toilet that starts flooding on the floor, you want to act fast. Reach behind the toilet quickly and turn the knob back there to turn the water off until you fix the clog.

Put towels on the floor to start soaking up the water while you work. This way, you can avoid water damage to the baseboards and the carpeting outside the bathroom. Use the plunger to free up the clog. Once the water goes down, you can remove the coat hanger and put the lid bank on the tank.

What to do if the garbage disposal stops working

If you go to use the garbage disposal and it isn't working, you may have to reset it. Look at the bottom of the disposal's canister and find the red button. Press this button to reset your disposal. This should take care of the problem and get it up and running again. If resetting the disposal doesn't work, then the next step will be to call a plumber out to take care of any necessary repairs.

For a plumber, contact a company such as 24/7 Trades.

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