Plumbing services 101

Plumbing services 101

If you are thinking about calling a plumber, assess your problem and follow the quick tips here to possibly fix the problem yourself. Plumbing services can often be expensive and time consuming, it’s wise to acquaint yourself with the minor problems in order to do it yourself and save some money.

Small Pipe Leak

First, shut the water supply off to the problem area. The valve is usually located on or near the fixture. Clean and wash the area where the leak was coming from and then apply several coats of electrical tape. In addition, seal the leaky pipe fitting with some epoxy. If the leak is coming from a cracked or faulty pipe, you may need to replace those specific parts.

Squeaky Faucet

If you hear strange or high-pitched sounds coming from your faucet when turning it on and off you most likely need to replace the washer. Rubber washers age and harden and can make a particular sound when water passes over them in a hurry. Replace the washers with an inexpensive kit from a hardware store, or replace the whole faucet if it's time to update.

A Tub that Drains too Quickly

If you are preparing for a bath and notice the water starts draining immediately after filling the tub, you’ll need to adjust the length of the overflow plate.  Find the round overflow plate from the end of the tub and unscrew it. Gently pull on the plate until the attached assembly slips out from behind the tub. The linkage is composed of several metal pieces, including a threaded rod. Turn the rod two or three revolutions to lengthen the entire linkage assembly. Replace the linkage and screw the overflow plate to the tub wall. Raise the control lever on the overflow plate and turn on the water. Check to see if the water remains in the tub. If it's still draining out, remove the overflow plate and lengthen the linkage a bit more.

 If your problems extend beyond these plumbing 101 services, it’s best to call in help from a professional to avoid a bigger problem or costlier repair.13.

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