Easy fixes for four common plumbing problems

DIY plumbing

DIY plumbing

It’s at this time of the year that you should really be asking yourself a few questions about your home. Do I have adequate boiler cover? Is my home energy efficient enough and can I tackle any simple plumbing problems that may arise?

With summer coming to an end and the cooler months coming up fast, the answer needs to be a resounding yes – but if you are struggling with the last of these, here are some handy hints that might be useful.

Dealing with a blocked loo

This is just one of those simple tasks that many people aren’t aware they can sort out themselves without having to call out a plumber. The first thing to do is pick up a plunger, especially if yours is a household that is prone to blockages. These are very cheap and will usually be enough to do the job. If not, wriggle some plumbing wire into the system or hold of a drain snake that will do the same job with a bit more power.

Fixing a leaky tap

This has to be one of the most common plumbing problems – and one that can be incredibly wasteful for homes. Switch off the water mains in the house, holding the spout of the tap and unscrew the nut that holds it in place. Check the washer and see if it needs to be replaced then tighten up the bolt and you may well see the issue has been resolved.

Unclogging a sink

It’s easy to get a sink clogged up – especially in the kitchen where food often finds its way down the drain. However, this massively inconvenient problem can also be easily solved with a plunger or some plumbing wire. Obviously, we would recommend you use a different plunger or piece of wire to the one you’ve been using in the toilet, and once the job is done, pour some drain cleaner into the drains and wash it away with warm water.

Stopping a continuously running toilet

This can be a strange one. Seemingly out of the blue one day, you flush your toilet and it seems to never stop running afterwards. This can often relate to the condition of the flapper valve, which is the rubber seal that sits at the bottom of the tank or the ballcock washer. These are very cheap and simple to replace, so give it a go and avoid having to pay someone else who may be over qualified!

It’s wise to invest in home emergency or boiler cover for the bigger things – but very often you could find there are repair tasks you can do yourself.

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