5 Helpful Plumbing Tips Every Utah Homeowner Should Know
Being a Utah homeowner certainly comes with many perks and rewards. However, many of those rewards can become a hindrance if you’re not able to differentiate between knowing whether or not you should call a specialist for assistance, or do it yourself. Below are 5 different tips related to plumbing that every homeowner should know before calling a professional.
A Continuous Running Toilet
When the flapper inside the toilet tank fails to properly close the seal, it may run continuously after being flushed. First, check to see if the chain inside the tank is either broken, or needs to be adjusted. Look for possible damage to the arm holding the chain, as well. If all looks well, the culprit may be the flapper itself, which is generally a very simple and inexpensive repair.
The Dreaded Toilet Overflow
It’s your worst nightmare; the water goes up instead of down after flushing the toilet! Your first instinct (after panicking) should be to grab the plunger, and work to carefully unclog whatever is causing the plug. The proper technique is to wait for the water level to lower almost completely down before flushing again, at least a few more times to ensure that the plug is completely unclogged.
Drippy or Leaky Faucets
Sometimes all a leaky faucet needs is a new washer. Replacement washer parts can be found at your local hardware store that will cost you no more than a dollar. However, if replacing the washer still doesn’t fix the problem, it may be time for a new faucet all together. Many of the new faucets nowaday come with instructions for simple installation, but you can always contact a professional for assistance.
Clogged Drains and Pipes
Using a drain cleaning product to clear clogged sinks, showers, and bathtubs is generally the route that most people take first when attempting to unclog a drain. However, if the drain is clogged by something like hair, the products may do very little in clearing it. Some tools can be purchased to help with this task, but if the problem still persists afterwards, it may be necessary to contact your local plumber.
Turning Off the Main Water
Utah’s harsh winters can take a serious toll on the pipes in our homes. Even in newer construction houses, it’s not unheard of to experience burst pipes caused by freezing. If you ever find yourself in a situation where you need to shut off all water supply in your home to prevent flooding and extensive damage, the last thing you want is to run around in a panic looking for the shut-off valve to the main water supply. Make it a point to locate the valve in your home today, and practice turning it off and on.
There may be times when fixing a simple plumbing problem on your own becomes more daunting or complicated than expected. After making a clear assessment of the situation, it may be best to contact a professional. Make detailed notations of any existing problems in order to better help identify the issue. If you have any questions regarding plumbing problems in your home, contact the team at Humphrey Plumbing Heating & Air today. We’re here to help you, and answer any plumbing questions that you may have!
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