Plumbing problems can be costly (as well as very inconvenient and frustrating!). It can be hard to get a plumber round immediately, especially during these hard times, so we’re pleased to provide you with some solutions to common problems that you can implement yourself.
If you experience a blockage, it’s best to keep clear of a plunger and instead turn to the old trusty vacuum cleaner. First, remove the filter and empty the cavity of any existing debris. Then simply suck up the water and (hopefully) the object that is causing your blockage. Obviously, if you’re unsure or don’t want to attempt this, it’s best to call a plumber as soon as you can.
1. Dripping taps
It is usually a worn washer, broken seal or faulty faucet cartridge that is causing a dripping tap. Before you can get a plumber round, there is something you can do to try and stop that annoying drip. Try wrapping a piece of string tightly around the tap to see if it works to augment the washer. If not, the problem is unlikely to be resolved without a plumber – but it’s worth a try!
3. Running toilet
A toilet that continuously runs is likely due to a broken stop or floater valve, which you can actually replace yourself. First, turn off the water to the toilet and follow the instructions on the new valve (which you can purchase from most hardware stores). It’s a relatively simple process, but again, if any issues arise or you are not happy doing this, please contact a reputable plumber who will be happy to do it for you!
4. Cracked seals
Siliconing cracked seals is a relatively easy way you can prevent leaks and water damage yourself. In order to do this, you should:
• First remove the existing silicone from around your bath or sink with a putty knife
• It’s important to remove as much of the old silicone as you can, as problems can arise when new and old silicone mix.
• You will need a silicone gun for this next bit. Apply an unbroken line of silicone using the gun, ensuring your lines are neat by smoothing them out as you go.
• As this substance dries quickly, be sure to work in a timely fashion and remember you can always remove the silicone and start again if needed!
At Max Shutler Plumbing & Heating, we understand how frustrating and inconvenient these plumbing issues can be. We are happy to talk you through these various solutions, and alternatively, we will be more than happy to come to your home and assist!