What to Do If You’re Experiencing Problems with Plumbing

Dealing with the plumbing is one of those household problems that we hope we never actually have to face. The prospect of water running through the ceiling or the drain becoming blocked and a foul stench seeping through the house fills us with dread. Some plumbing issues can be easily dealt with by yourself, whereas others are more major problems that require the services of a fully qualified plumber. In order to give you a helping hand and put your mind at rest, we are now going to take a look at what you should do if you are facing problems with your plumbing.
Drain Issues

Problems with your drains are one of the most common issues with household plumbing, but often a professional isn’t needed to unblock them; you can easily do it yourself. The first stage is to identify where the blockage is. If it is in the sink then you can either buy a chemical solution to dislodge the grease and fat or use a tool such as an extended coat hanger to push through the sludge. If the issue is with your outside drain, which then pushes the blockage up into the house, then you are more likely to need a professional as lifting drain covers and pushing extending rods down the pipes can be tricky and dirty work. Always assess the severity of the problem before you decide to call a plumber.
Burst Pipes

A burst pipe can often be the biggest issue to deal with in your home when it comes to plumbing issues.

Dealing with the plumbing is one of those household problems that we hope we never actually have to face. The prospect of water running through the ceiling or the drain becoming blocked and a foul stench seeping through the house fills us with dread. Some plumbing issues can be easily dealt with by yourself, whereas others are more major problems that require the services of a fully qualified plumber. In order to give you a helping hand and put your mind at rest, we are now going to take a look at what you should do if you are facing problems with your plumbing.

Drain Issues

Problems with your drains are one of the most common issues with household plumbing, but often a professional isn’t needed to unblock them; you can easily do it yourself. The first stage is to identify where the blockage is. If it is in the sink then you can either buy a chemical solution to dislodge the grease and fat or use a tool such as an extended coat hanger to push through the sludge. If the issue is with your outside drain, which then pushes the blockage up into the house, then you are more likely to need a professional as lifting drain covers and pushing extending rods down the pipes can be tricky and dirty work. Always assess the severity of the problem before you decide to call a plumber.

Burst Pipes

A burst pipe can often be the biggest issue to deal with in your home when it comes to plumbing issues. They happen more often than not during winter when water can freeze, and if not treated immediately can leave your house covered in water. The first step is to turn the water supply off to stop the flooding. If you are a DIY buff then you can attempt to repair it using a clamp, but for expediency, it is better to call the local plumbers who will have the tools at hand to fix it. The last thing you want is to do a bodge job and face a recurring nightmare of pipe leaks, so do the sensible thing and have a professional fix it.

Blocked Toilets

Blocked toilets can be the bane of many people’s lives especially when there are several people living in the same household. All sorts of junk can be flushed and although the majority of it can easily pass through the sewers, there are many sanitary items that cannot pass, and then they congeal into a mass exacerbating the problem. It may be a messy job to unblock, but it should be easy. Use a plunger and a pair of rubber gloves for protection and set to work. It may take a few goes but the plunger should force the blockage out. Depending on the mess caused you may want to bleach the area around the toilet to remove any nasty bacteria. If the plunger doesn’t do the trick then it is likely the blockage is in the pipe system and it’s probably time to call the plumber. 

A Dripping Tap

We have all heard about Chinese water torture and sometimes listening to a dripping tap can be just as painful, not only for our mind but also for our bank balance due to all that wasted water. They are also much easier to fix than you would think and the only tools you need are a screwdriver and, perhaps, a wrench. Once opened you will find you either need new washers or a ceramic plate that controls the discharge, and these are both easily available in your local DIY store. Once you’ve sourced them it is simply a case of replacing old for new and putting the system back together again. If the problem still persists then there may be an underlying problem and it would probably be wise to call in a plumber, but often you will find that a change of washers is all that is needed.  

 

As we have discovered there is a wide range of plumbing issues that can happen in the home, but none should frighten you, and with a little bit of thought and a slice of luck, you may be able to fix them yourself. A broken pipe is likely to be your worst scenario and in this instance, it is wise to call a plumber due to the amount of damage it can cause. Blocked drain and toilets can normally be solved using a plunger or an extended coat hanger, but for more serious outdoor blockages you’ll probably need the services of a professional. The important thing is not to worry when something happens, but to take stock and think laterally, often the answer to the problem is staring you in the face, but if all else fails you still have your local friendly plumber to call upon. 

 

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