We’ve all been there… an annoying dripping tap, a blocked toilet, a leak, or some other plumbing issue! Not only can it be disruptive but leaving these problems can cause further issues and incur costs. We know it’s not always possible to get a plumber round immediately, so you might be pleased to learn that there are some things you can do yourself to fix or pause the problem until you can get a plumber round! This post aims to provide tips on how you can handle 4 of the more common plumbing issues we face in the home!
1. Dripping taps
A dripping tap is not only very annoying but is a sign that you may need a replacement part. It is usually a worn washer, broken seal or faulty faucet cartridge that is causing you your problems. Before you can get a plumber round, there is something you can do to stop that 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!
When you have a deep and large blockage you will require a plumber to unclog your pipes, however some blockages can be removed relatively easily. 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. You’ll likely hear the object being sucked into the vacuum for reassurance that you’ve dealt with the issue. Obviously, if you’re unsure or don’t want to attempt this, it’s best to call a plumber as soon as you can.
3. 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. Please be careful when doing this, and if you have any issues or need assistance, please call a plumber. It’s important to remove as much of the old silicone as you can, as problems can arise when new and old silicone mix. When you’ve removed as much as you can, simply clean the surface and you’re ready to go! You will need a silicone gun for this next bit, and they can be purchased at most hardware stores. 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!
4. Running toilet
If not attended to quickly, a running toilet can waste a significant amount of water! Many homeowners are familiar with the ‘handle jiggling’ method, however this is not a long-term solution. This will simply stop a toilet from running temporarily. 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!
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!