When you own a home, at some point, you are going to need to do some plumbing work. You don’t always have to call a plumber unless it’s a major problem which you can’t handle. If you know absolutely nothing about plumbing, then you may have no choice, but if you do have some basic plumbing knowledge and experience, then you may be able to handle it yourself.
Here are some basic plumbing tips every homeowner should know, since you can prevent or fix it yourself and save hundreds of dollars.
1. The Water Main
If you run into a plumbing problem, you should know where the water main is so that you can turn it off. This is your home’s main water supply line and you should know where it runs. You should be able to turn it on and off.
2. Main Sewer Line Clean Out
The clean out is a pipe that will allow you access to the main sewer line. You can then do routine maintenance or fix any blockages. It is normally located near the house or the property line, but in some houses, it’s located in the basement.
3. Water Supply Valves
These are fairly simple to locate. Dishwashers, sinks, toilets and washing machines will generally have a visible water supply valve either next to them or underneath. It’s convenient, because it allows you to turn it off for just that appliance.
4. Blocking Access To Valves
Try not to block access to water supply valves with plants or heavy furniture. If you’re faced with an emergency, which can happen, you need to be able to turn off the water supply or get to the sewer clean out as fast as you can, otherwise, you may have a flood. You don’t want anything slowing you down, or screaming for help from someone to help you move something heavy.
5. Fixing A Leaky Tap
Taps leak when a seal is worn out. Turn off the water main, turn the tap on to let out any water and then attempt to fix it. Unscrew the handle, then the flange (under the handle). Underneath the flange is the tap bonnet and spindle, which you need to remove. Check to see if the O-ring, washer or jumper valves are worn. Replace the worn part, then reassemble the spindle, tap bonnet, flange and handle. If you’re unsure which part is worn out, take it to the hardware store for advice.
6. Prevent Clogged Toilets
Make sure to flush items that are flushable, which are human waste and toilet paper only. Though some products are branded as flushable, try not to flush it down the toilet. Do not put huge wads of toilet paper into the toilet.
7. Fixing A Running Toilet
Sometimes, a toilet can keep running and it’s annoying because you can hear it. Shut the water supply and then remove the tank lid. Check the chain for damage. It also may need to be adjusted. Examine the arm that holds the chain for any problems. Flush to clear the water and notice the flapper for any