Plumbing problems can range from slightly annoying drips coming from a faucet to water gushing out of a pipe in the basement. Sometimes, homeowners are hesitant to attempt to fix even basic plumbing problems on their own because they feel like they are skill deficient when it comes to plumbing. At Extreme Plumbing Services, we believe that there are multiple household plumbing repair jobs that can easily be handled by novices.
Leaky faucets are a common nuisance and can usually be fixed rather easily. More often than not, a leaky faucet is due to a worn seat washer. Simply disassemble the decorative cap on the handle, remove the screw and locate the washer. Take the washer with you to your local hardware store and ask a plumbing expert to help you find the perfect match. Reassemble the faucet, and your problem should be solved.
Running toilets are not only annoying, but they can also waste large amounts of water, translating into money being thrown down the drain. Open the top part of the toilet (the tank) and see if the seal at the bottom looks warn or off-center. If the seal is off center, try to reposition it and see if that solves the problem. If you need to replace the seal, take the worn one with you to the home improvement store and they can help you find the right one. Seals vary in size, so be sure you get the correct one.
Is your garbage disposal sounding strange or not removing waste in the drain? If so, it is possible that it needs to be replaced. However, if the disposal makes noise, but does not remove debris from the drain, it is highly likely that there is a clog inside the disposal. Most homeowners can unclog their disposal without calling a plumbing professional. Make sure the disposal is turned off. Open the cupboard below the sink and look up. You will see your disposal. Unplug the disposal from the power source. Somewhere on or around the disposal, you will find a key with a square head. This tool fits into the disposal and allows for the user to dislodge clogged debris. Try turning it several times. Next, plug the disposal back in and turn on the switch.
These are just a few home plumbing repairs that can be performed by just about anyone. While these account for many of the plumbing problems homeowners face, there are many that require the skill and expertise of a professional plumber. If you’re dealing with a plumbing problem that you don’t know how to correct, contact the experts at Extreme Plumbing Services today for a free estimate!