As a home owner it seems there is always something to fix. When it comes to plumbing most home owners automatically call a professional without trying to handle the repair on their own. The fact is that most common home plumbing issues can be resolved with a few simple steps. Below you will find a list of helpful tips that will help you save time and money while repairing faucets, unclogging drains and other common household plumbing issues.
Repair a Clogged Drain
For drains with a moderate clog you can use a solution made from items in your home to remedy the situation. Pour 1/2 cup of baking soda down the drain that is clogged followed by 1/2 cup of vinegar. Let the concoction sit for about 3 hours and then flush with cold water.
If your drain is clogged from grease pour 1/2 cup salt and 1/2 cup baking soda into the drain followed by a kettle full of boiling water and let sit overnight.
Routine Drain Cleaning
To keep your drains clean from debris use 1 cup baking soda, 1 tablespoon salt and 1/4 cup of cream of tartar stir together and store in a sealed jar. Each week pour 1/4 cup of the mixture down the drain followed by 1 cup of boiling water. Wait about a minute then flush with cold water.
A leaking faucet is a common problem for home owners and is very simple to repair. The first thing to look for when checking the leak is the washer or the seat, in most instances these are the two most common things that need replaced. In some situations the faucet will need to be replaced entirely but the cheapest fix is replacing the washer.
Other types of faucet repair could consist of worn out cartridges that need to be replaced. You can find parts online and they come with a full set of instructions on how to replace them.
If you find yourself experiencing plumbing issues on a much larger scale than a simple clogged drain or a leaking faucet you may need to call on a professional. Even larger jobs such as faulty water heaters, clogged sewer drains and corroded pipes are simple enough to fix on your own with the right tools and the right information. You can check online for simple how to tips on how to handle your drain repair, unclog your bathtub drain, faucet repair or sewer cleaning, before you contact the professionals.
About Preferred Plumbing & Drain
Preferred Plumbing & Drain has been providing plumbing services to the Oakland and surrounding East Bay areas since 2004. Preferred Plumbing & Drain is a Licensed Contractor (Contractors License #856944) and a PHCC member.
With Preferred Plumbing & Drain, the estimate is always free and there is no extra charge for nights, weekends, or holidays. There are no trip or travel charges. And you approve the estimate before any work is started.