2 Common plumbing problems that you can fix at home

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2 Common plumbing problems that you can fix at home

2 Common plumbing problems that you can fix at home

Whether you own a home or are living on your own in a new apartment, most of us fear any plumbing issues that may happen because we don’t know how to fix them. Most of us call a plumber every time we have an issue with our plumbing system, but this can be really expensive at times. Don’t worry because I am here to tell you some common plumbing problems and how you can fix them. Roll up your sleeves and let’s find a solution to all your plumbing issues, this time, you won’t have to call dad or a plumber to fix them. You can even brag about this to your friends. So without further ado, let’s get on this list.

Tips for novice plumbers 

Have the appropriate tools to do the jobs that you are doing, don’t try to MacGyver this because it won’t end well. Trust me on this one. I’m talking from experience, and any mistakes will cost you so much more than calling a plumber in the first place would.

    • Make sure you fully understand the thing you are going to repair, watch YouTube videos and read manuals, and don’t go in blind; it won’t end well. If you feel that you wouldn’t be able to handle this one you own and doubt any part of the process, do yourself a favor and call up your plumber.
    • If you are working with water or electricity, be sure to cut off all the main supplies to avoid any incidents and hurting yourself.
    • Dress for the job; you will end up with grease and gunk on your clothes, so dress appropriately for it. Wear old clothes, a pair of work pants, a long-sleeved shirt and work pants.

1. Running toilet

toilets

I am the first to say this, every time there is an issue with the toilet, I call my dad because I can’t solve this. Partly because I am gross-out and partly because my dad will always be there to help me. The toilet is one of the most used parts of a home, yet it feels like the least appreciated one and a broken toilet can be the nightmare of most people. A simple leak in the bathroom usually goes unnoticed, especially if it is an internal leak in the tank. You are literally flushing money down the drain here as the leak and increase your utility bills.

One of the biggest players when it comes to leaks is the rubber flappers. Over time they become used and lose their shapes, which can fail to seal the tank properly. The flusher can also be an issue as sometimes we push it too hard to twist it. To fix this, you just have to change your toilet’s flushing mechanism, and it will be as good as new.

2. Clogs

tap

This is another frustrating thing, especially if you are coming home after a hard day’s work. This would be my thirteenth reason why if I had a bad day at the office. If it is a clogged toilet, you just have to use a plunger to fix it, it doesn’t sound like the most glamorous job in the world, but it works wonders. Clog sinks are a different story of their own; avoid putting chemicals down your drains as this will eat away at the plumbing too. Instead, use equal amounts of vinegar and baking soda, pour it down the drain and let hot water run. This will usually fix a clogged sink, but just call a plumber if things take a turn for the worse.

I know fixing plumbing issues can be a grueling task for most of us, and would much rather call a plumber to do this. But, sometimes, you have to take matters into your own hands and try to fix something by yourself before calling a professional. Sound off in the comment sections below and tell us if you learnt anything new today.

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