The Basics of Plumbing Repair

The Basics of Plumbing Repair

Every plumbing problem doesn’t necessarily require a call to a plumber. There are some minor plumbing issues that, with a little bit of knowledge, you can take care of by yourself, saving you both time and money. There are some minor plumbing issues that pop up frequently, and you should be acquainted with how to handle these basics plumbing repairs. Here are some of the basics of plumbing repair.

How to Fix a Small Leak in a Pipe

If you find that you have a small leak in one of your pipes, the first thing that you should always do is to turn off the water supply. Near each fixture, like a sink or toilet, there is a water shutoff valve that you turn to cut off the supply of water to that fixture. There is also a whole house shutoff valve that will stop the supply of water to the entire home. If you aren’t sure exactly where the leak is located or which shutoff valve to use, the safest option is to use the whole house shutoff valve to stop the water supply until the repair is complete.

Next, clean the area of the pipe where the leak is located. Then wrap the spot thoroughly with electrical tape, being sure to cover the crack or hole. If the joint of the pipe is leaking, you can place some epoxy over it to temporarily stop the leak.

These are not permanent repairs; you can use epoxy or electrical tape to temporarily stop the flow of water and prevent further problems until a plumber arrives, but you should not consider this a permanent repair.

How to Stop a Squeaky Faucet

You might notice when you turn your faucet on or shut it off that it makes a noise. Typically, this noise is high-pitched and squeaky. This usually means that the washer inside the faucet needs to be replaced. The washers are made of rubber, and over time, they tend to harden. When the water runs over the old, hardened washer, that squeaky sound is produced. Washers are easy to replace. Just pick up a kit from your local home improvement store, and follow the directions on the package. If your faucet itself is getting old or outdated, this might be a good opportunity to replace the entire faucet.

How to Stop a Bathtub That Empties Too Quickly

Does your bathtub start to empty as soon as you get it filled up? This is a pretty common plumbing hassle, but it is simple to fix. The culprit here is the overflow plate; its length needs to be adjusted to keep the tub from draining so quickly. You have probably noticed that below the faucet in your bathtub, there is a round metal plate. This is the overflow plate. Start by unscrewing it. Once it is unscrewed, carefully pull on the plate, removing the assembly from the wall. You will see several metal pieces on the back of the plate. One of these pieces is a rod with threads on it, much like a screw. Twist the rod several times to make the whole assembly longer. Then, replace the assembly in the wall, and reattach the overflow plate. To test your work, fill the tub with water and watch to see how quickly it drains. If it still drains too quickly, you can remove the overflow plate again and twist the rod a couple more times.

If you are experiencing plumbing issues that you haven’t been able to resolve on your own, call Scott English Plumbing for help.