plumbing problems and tips

25 Plumbing Problems & Tips (STEP BY STEP GUIDE)

Plumbing problems should be repaired as soon as possible. Just how much damage can water do to your home?  If you don’t act quickly, then the answer would be too much.

The reality is that regardless how good the plumbing work done in your home is, nothing is designed to last forever; which means you are bound to experience plumbing failures at some point.

How can you prevent costly damage to your home?

Aside from treating every plumbing problem an emergency, knowing the right thing to do will be of great help.

Let’s take a look at some of the more common plumbing problems you will encounter at one time or another.

Clogged Drains


What is the most common problem that plumbing technicians encounter with plumbing drains? Based on experience, it is usually slow or clogged drains.

Usually, the problem is aggravated when homeowners rely on over-the-counter cleaners instead of calling professional help; why?

These commercial cleaners normally contain harmful chemicals that can damage drain pipes. So what do you do?

Slow Drain

Slow drains is a sign of partial clogging that can be solved by using a pair of pliers or a plunger.

The most common material that causes clogging (especially in bathtub drains) would have to be human hair.

All you need to do is to use the pair of pliers and pull out the clump of hair causing obstruction.  For more stubborn clogs, use a plunger.  The air pressure will be enough to dislodge the clog.

Dissolve Clogging

If slow drains become more prevalent, you may need to dissolve the clogging in the pipes.  There are a couple of things you can do to dissolve clogging:

Natural Cleanser

baking soda vinegar

A safe drain cleaner to dissolve clogs can be done by pouring ½ cup of baking soda down the drain followed by ½ cup of white vinegar.

Completely cover the drain and let the mixture sit for about 10 minutes.  Flush it down with about a kettle-full of boiling water.

Try it, it works!

Plunge the Drain

cup flange plunger

You need a cup plunger for sink drains such as kitchen sinks, bathroom sinks, bathtubs and a flange plunger for toilets so choose the right one for the job.

Make sure that the mouth of the plunger creates a strong seal with the mouth of the drain.

The mouth of the plunger must be submerged in at least an inch of water.

Keep the plunger straight and vertical to allow air pressure to loosen the blockage.  This may take some time to work.

Auger

plumbing snake / auger

If the plunger does not work, you can use an auger or plumbing snake to completely dislodge the clog. Feed the auger down the drain in a twisting motion until it reaches the blockage.

Pull the auger back and forth to remove the clogging.  You can plunge the drain again after and flush it with water to make sure that the problem is solved.

Preventing Clogged Drains

Can you be spared from clogged drain headaches? With a bit of sensible and simple solutions, yes! Try these tips:

preventing clogged drains

  • Wipe away grease from pans using a paper towel before washing to keep grease out of the drains. Put the grease in a coffee can to properly dispose of it in the trash;
  • Install a strainer over drains to keep solid waste like food bits and hair from causing blockage;
  • Rinse sink and tub pop-up stopper regularly to keep them clean, do this with the strainers as well;
  • Use a bent wire hanger to reach down basement and shower drains to clean out accumulated debris.
  • Kitchen drains should be flushed with cold water before, during, and after the garbage disposal is used to prevent food particles from sticking to the inside lining of the pipes;
  • The end of the discharge hose of the clothes washer should be fitted with a lint sock to prevent unwanted clogging of the laundry tub drain; and
  • Keep the area above the toilet clear of any items to avoid anything from accidentally clogging the toilet with items falling into the bowl.

 

Faucet


The faucet is one of the most commonly used plumbing fixture in your home and it can come across a number of problems that can cost you a lot if not properly fixed.

What are the faucet problems should you be on the lookout for?

Before starting the repair always turn off the water supply first and prepare the following:

faucet tools

  • Screwdriver;
  • Pair of pliers or crescent wrench;
  • Dry towel;
  • Utility knife;
  • Masking tape; and
  • Replacement washer.

 

Leaking Faucet

If your faucet keeps on dripping even when it is in the off position, then you have a leaking faucet.

The most common culprit is a worn out washer. How do you replace the washer of a leaking faucet?

To properly replace a worn out washer, simply follow these steps:

  • leaking faucetPlace a towel on the sink to protect the surface and prevent the pieces from accidentally falling down the drain. This also allows you to properly layout the pieces for easy reassembly later;
  • Use a screwdriver to remove the faucet handle and use the pair of pliers or crescent wrench to loosen the bonnet nut that tightens the faucet stem by turning it counterclockwise (wrap the pliers teeth with masking tape to prevent scratching the faucet finish);
  • Unscrew the faucet stem from its seat to expose the washer. Carefully remove the screw to release the washer;
  • Refit the new washer and reassemble the faucet without overtightening the screws or the bonnet nut to prevent damage.
Dripping Faucet

Dripping faucets can be caused by the valve seat being corroded or the problem can be traced to the canister tap or ceramic disc.  Solving this problem depends on the type of faucet you have.

Compression Faucet

Water flow is stopped by compressing the handle with the help of a rubber washer that opens and closes the valve seat as it presses against it.

compression faucet

To fix this type of faucet, you have to remove the screw set holding the handle in place.  This will allow you to remove the packing nut and stem.

Underneath the stem you will find the O-ring and the washer.  Replace the rubber washer to restore compression and stop dripping.

Ball Faucet

compression faucet

The most common problem with this washerless faucet type is the inlet seals and O-rings getting worn out. If the dripping happens at the handle, simply tighten the adjusting ring of the handle.

If dripping is observed at the spout, unscrew the handle and use a wrench to remove the adjusting ring and cap.

By removing the cam washer and rotating ball you will be able to remove the springs and inlet seals.

Cut the O-rings and replace all the worn out parts from the replacement kit.

Cartridge Faucet

cartridge faucet

Worn out cartridges and O-rings are the common cause of dripping with this type of faucet.

To get to these parts you need to unscrew the handle and remove the cartridge along with the retaining cap and spout.

This will allow you to replace the O-rings, cartridge, and other worn out parts.

Cartridges for this type of faucet are sometimes manufacturer dependent so make sure you get the same replacement kit brand as your faucet.

Disk Faucet

disk faucet

Although this type of faucet breaks down less than other types, usually the problem is isolated to the cartridge or its seal.

To replace these components you have to unscrew the handle and the cylinder before lifting out the seals.

This will allow you to check if the seal, cartridge, or cylinder needs replacement.

If everything looks good clean the components with equal parts of water and white vinegar before rinsing it off. Make sure everything is completely dry before reassembling the faucet.

Replace the Valve on Single Faucet

Repair A Two Handle Ceramic Disc Faucet

After trying these solutions and you still have a problem with leaks or dripping, you may need to replace your faucet with a newer and more efficient model.

Sink


sink

In most homes you can find a sink in the bathroom, the kitchen, the laundry room, and sometimes even in the garden.

Regardless where the sink may be, there are some problems that you will usually encounter with them.

Clogged Sink Drain

This is more common for kitchen sinks that are not equipped with a garbage disposal.

The pieces of food tend to accumulate and stick to the lining of the pipes under the sink.

For bathroom sinks, the problem is usually caused by hair, dead skin, soap scum, and other similar elements.

This initially creates a slow moving drain until it becomes completely clogged over time.  How do you unclog sink drains?

Kitchen Sink

Blonde woman cleaning pipe with plunger in kitchen at home

Use a cup plunger to unclog kitchen sink drains. Make sure that there is a tight seal between the mouth of the cup plunger and that of the drain.

Fill the sink with water until the mouth of the cup plunger is submerged at least an inch high.

Use a vigorous pumping action to create enough air pressure to dislodge the clogging in the sink drain.

Make sure that the plunger remains straight and vertical.

Remember to control the force of the pumping to avoid damaging the sink.

Do about 10 to 15 vigorous pumps and check if the smooth flow of water has been restored.

Repeat if necessary. Check this video below:

Bathroom Sink

bathroom sinkFor bathroom sinks the clogging usually occurs near the pop-up assembly. To unclog the bathroom sink you have to remove the spring tab of the drain plug adjustment arm.

Proceed by removing the sink trap’s ball valve and then the pop-up plug.

This should allow you to remove all the debris causing the clogging and restore smooth drain flow.

Leaking Drain Baskets

kitchen basketThe best way to deal with leaking drain baskets is to replace them. Look for those made from durable and high-quality materials.

Ones with reliable stopper mechanism and durable finish should cost around $20 to $100.

Choose models that have spin-lock or twist-and-drop stoppers for easier and longer use.

Prepare the following materials before starting:

leaking drain basket

  • Hammer;
  • 2 pairs of adjustable wrench;
  • Pair of locking pliers;
  • Screwdriver; and
  • Plumber’s putty or silicone caulk.

Follow these steps to replace the leaking drain basket:


  • Remove the locknut that holds the basket in place using the adjustable wrenches. If it does not budge, gently tap it using the screwdriver and hammer;
  • Proceed by removing the friction ring, gasket, and the old basket;
  • Scrape off old putty and any dirt that may have accumulated around the area;
  • Put the new drain basket in place and seal it with the plumber’s putty;
  • Insert friction ring and the gasket before tightening the lock nut in place with the locking pliers;
  • Clean off excess putty.
Slow Draining Sink

slow drain cleaningAccumulation of debris is the most common cause of slow draining sink.

Most of the time, the debris is not found down the pipes but near the pop-up or just beneath and around the drain strainer.

The easiest way to solve this problem is to remove the nut holding the pop-up in place to clean it.

You may also use a pair of pliers or bent wire to fish out hair and other debris that may be causing the slow drain.

pliers bent wire

For drain strainers, simply remove them and clean them out under running water and if necessary, replace them with a new one.

This should restore the smooth flow of your sink.

Garbage Disposal & Tub


Would you agree that the garbage disposal is one of the indispensable components of your kitchen?

Although garbage disposal units are designed to last for a long time, they are not spared from problems and breakdowns.

Here are some of the things to be on the lookout for.

Jammed Unit

jammed unitWhen the garbage disposal unit is jammed, chances are it will do nothing as you switch the power on. So what do you do?

  • garbage disposal reset buttonFor your safety, cut all power to the unit by unplugging it and turning off the breaker if any;
  • Use a flashlight to check if you can fish out whatever debris is causing the jamming of the blades;
  • Use the Allen wrench that came with the unit and insert it in the slot at the bottom of the unit;
  • Turn the wrench from side to side to move the motor back and forth to remove whatever is causing the jamming. Continue to do this until you can feel the motor moving freely;
  • Press the reset button before plugging in the disposer;
  • Test the unit by running the water and letting the garbage disposal run for about 5 minutes to make sure all the jammed debris has been cleared.

Need more detail explanation? Watch this video below:

 

Clogged or Slow Draining Unit

slow draining unitThe problem usually lies with the drain pipe that is connected to the unit.

Normally the drain has to be disconnected to clear the clogging and restore smooth drain flow.

This is how you do it.

  • Remove the trap and place a bucket underneath the pipes to catch stalled water as you disconnect the trap;
  • Detach the continuous waste pipe and if necessary the disposer elbow;
  • The blockage should be between these two components, so clear it out;
  • Reassemble the drain pipe and tighten all the nuts;

Test by filling the sink and running the garbage disposal unit, clogging should be removed at this point.

Leaking Unit

The key tleaking unito solving this problem is to identify where the leak is happening.

Use ample light to accurately find out the source of the leak and follow these steps.

Top Rim Leak – the common cause is the worn out rubber seal at the top of the unit. Buy a replacement from your local hardware.

Upper Area Leak – usually caused by problems with the flange connected to the sink.

Seal it with putty and tighten the connection to the sink. You may have to reseal the flange and rehung the unit.

Side or Bottom Leak – corrosion is the most common culprit when this type of leak happens. If there are signs of rust or there are holes on the unit, it is time to get a newer and more efficient unit.

Slow Draining Tub


slow draining tubThe most common reason why your tub drains slowly is that hair, soap scum, and dead skin has caused a clogging in the drain.

This slows down the flow of water and when left unattended can result in more serious problems.

You can use a bent wire hanger or a pair of needle nose pliers to pluck out the debris, which usually accumulates just under the tub stopper.

hangerYou may also use a plumbing snake to clear out the blockage. As a preventive measure, pour a kettle-full of boiling water down the tub drain periodically to clear out clogging.

As a preventive measure, pour a kettle-full of boiling water down the tub drain periodically to clear out clogging.

Pipe


When it comes to your home plumbing system, pipes are an integral component.

These make it possible to create the complex connection and distribution system that will allow you to cook your food, take a shower, wash your clothes, or water your lawn.

However, this intricate interconnection is also often the source of many plumbing problems; take a look at some of the most common.

Leaking Pipes

This is one of the most common problems with pipes regardless what season it is.

Leaks are not only an eyesore, but can be very destructive especially if not detected immediately. Are you aware that water damage costs can reach thousands of dollars?

So what can you do about leaking pipes?

leaking pipePrevention is always key so make it a habit to regularly inspect your pipes especially near the joints where leaks usually start.

What do you do when you spot a leak at the joints? A temporary fix would be to use commercially available fitting compounds and joint fillers.

Another possible source of pipe leaks is the U-joint found under the sink. To temporarily fix the problem, you need a rubber sheet and a compression clamp or a leak tape if available.

This helps prevent water from leaking and causing damage.

Do these temporary fixes to minimize potential damage until a licensed plumber gets to inspect the problem.

I recommended you should watch this video if you want to repair leak pipe by yourself.

What if you have pinhole problem in pipe?

Plumbing Noises

Do you hear various noises coming from your plumbing pipes? Sometimes these noises can come from the shower, filling the tub, or simply running the sink.

These plumbing noises can be attributed to a number of causes that is usually associated to the jerking and shifting of plumbing pipes caused by the combination of high water pressure and loose support straps.

How do you deal with these annoying and potentially damaging plumbing noises?

Water Hammer – extremely high water pressure is usually the culprit. When the water abruptly stops, the pressure wave collides with the closed tap or valve.

plumbing noise

Loose pipes may also bang against walls along with the movement of water.

anti hammer valveThe worst thing you can do is ignore this noise because it can cause your pipes to burst.

To solve this problem you need to have an anti-hammer valve or pressure limiting valve installed. This should keep the water pressure in check.

If the cause is loose pipe support, the sleeves or clips can be tightened or reinforced to stop the pipes from hitting the walls.

Cavitation – is when a squealing noise is produced by your pipes. This normally happens when the pipe diameter becomes smaller creating a squealing noise caused by increased pressure.

cavitationFor this type of noise you have to turn the faucet on and adjust the pressure valve until the sound goes away.

If that does not work, you can be looking at a bad pressure valve or worn out washer.

Repairs should be done immediately to prevent damaging pipes and fittings.

Tapping Sounds – do not expect the tapping sound to happen constantly. The important thing is to be aware when the tapping sounds turn into shrieking, squealing, or even howling.

When you hear a screaming sound when you turn on the faucet, you possibly need a new washer.

tapping sound

Turn off the supply and dismantle the faucet. Replace the old washer and this should solve the problem.

When unattended the screaming sound can become destructive leaks.

If the sound is squeaking, the faucet stem may need lubrication. Unscrew the faucet handle and apply grease to the stem.

If you do not lubricate it the fitting will eventually wear down and you will have to replace the entire faucet.

Check this video if your problem is not solve yet.

Gurgling Toilet – a gurgling or laughing sound from your toilet is no joking matter. It can lead to flooding if not properly addressed.

Usually the gurgling sound accompanied by a running toilet is an indication that the valve has become worn out or the ballcock is faulty.

gurgling toiletReplace the cistern gasket or the ballcock to silence the toilet and prevent wasting water. This will also result in more efficient flushes.

If the gurgling sound is not accompanied by a running toilet this can be a serious problem of a backed up sewer.

The seriousness of this problem requires the attention of a licensed plumbing professional. This is because backed up sewer lines are not as simple as

This is because backed up sewer lines are not as simple as removing blockage.

The problem can be traced to a collapsed sewer pipe. this is not repaired, your sewer can back up into your home through the toilet.

If this is not repaired, your sewer can back up into your home through the toilet.

The gurgling sound may also be caused by a failing fill system or faulty shutoff valve.

To solve this problem, turn off the water supply to the toilet and flush it twice to drain the tank.

Repair or replace the shutoff valve to restore proper flushing action and silence your pipes.

bubbling toilet

Remember to call a licensed professional plumber if you are not capable to do these fixes.

Corrosion

cast iron pipesPipes made from galvanized steel and iron are susceptible to corrosion.

These corroded pipes can result in damaging leaks, especially if located behind foundations or walls.

The age of your home plumbing system will also influence its vulnerability to corrosion. Corroded pipes will eventually result in restricted water flow, pinhole leaks, or both.

Corroded pipes will eventually result in restricted water flow, pinhole leaks, or both.

If you have galvanized pipes, corrosion will start from the inside and the threaded sections.

This means that before you notice the corroded pipe, the water flow is already restricted or there is already a hole on the pipe. Leaks can be temporarily stopped using stainless steel clamp fittings.

Cast iron pipes may crack or have small bulges of rust in certain sections. Small corroded sections can be patched with epoxy or stainless steel clamp fittings.

This should be done until the corroded portions are replaced or removed.

If your home is about 30 years old or more, it is time to consider changing your plumbing pipes.

If you do not have shutoff valves for your plumbing fixtures, this is the time to have them installed as well.

You might be interesting with PEX Piping to solve this problem.

Toilet


Despite the simplicity of the toilet tank, it has many components that can breakdown at any time.

This possibility is heightened by the fact that the toilet is one of the most frequently used plumbing component in any household. What are the common toilet problems that you can expect to encounter?

What are the common toilet problems that you can expect to encounter?

Running Toilet

anatomy of the toilet tank

Before we look at how to solve the problem of running toilets, it is important to understand the anatomy of the toilet tank.

The flush handle connects to a trip lever in the tank.

At the end of the trip lever is a chain connected to a flapper or ball stopper valve that opens and closes as the flush handle is pressed.

This creates the flushing action followed by the refilling of the water in the tank.

Running toilet is a condition wherein the tank seems to fill up continuously despite reaching the predetermined water level.

This type of internal water leak can waste as much as 200 gallons of water a day and rack up your water bills.  How do you solve this problem?

Before doing any repairs, make sure that the water supply to the toilet is turned off.  One of the leading causes of running toilets is a faulty flapper.

Drain the tank by flushing the toilet and unhooking the old flapper.

Buy a replacement flapper and hook it to the chain.

Test it to make sure that it creates a seal that will stop the toilet from running.

Another possible cause of the problem is the fill tube connected to the overflow pipe.

Its tip should always be above the tank’s water line; otherwise, adjust the water level.

You should also check if the fill valve is worn out or hampers the operation of the float arm.

The float arm ensures that the water going into the tank is completely cut off when it reaches a certain level.

Replace the fill valve if either of these conditions exist.

Aside from these, you should also look at the float to make sure that the water in the tank is at the right level.

If the water level goes above the overflow pipe the water will drain into it and cause the toilet to run.

Adjust the float to the right level and test if the problem is solved.

Here is the video to help you fix the running toilet.

Blocked Toilet Drain

blocked toilet drain

Does the water in the bowl rise to the rim and drains slowly when you flush?  When this happens you have a case of a blocked toilet drain.

This is serious because when unattended, it can cause sewage to backflow into your home through the toilet bowl.  What should you do?

You need a flange plunger and a plumber’s snake to clear out the blockage and restore the smooth flow of water into the toilet drain.

Make sure that the tip of the flange plunger creates a tight seal with the mouth of the toilet drain.

This will allow the air pressure to dislodge any blockage leading to the restoration of the toilet’s flushing action.

The tips of the plunger must be at least an inch deep in water and the plunger must remain straight and vertical at all times.

Do about 10 to 15 vigorous plunging to free up the clogging.

blocked toilet drain

Follow it up by pulling out a section of the snake from the drum.  Make sure that you tighten the retaining nut at the top of the snake body.

Gently rotate the snake drum to generate a burrowing action into the blockage to break it apart and push it down the drain.

Test by flushing the toilet at least twice.  Repeat if necessary until efficient flushing is restored.

Replacing a Worn Out Flapper

replacing worn out flapperThe toilet flapper creates a tight seal between the tank and the bowl to ensure that water does not trickle into the bowl unnecessarily.

However, being submerged in water all the time, the toilet flapper will eventually get worn out and makes it difficult to maintain a tight seal.

When your toilet runs or begins to sweat, chances are the flapper fails to tightly close the valve allowing water to fill the bowl.

If you do not replace the flapper immediately you will be wasting water and risking not only high water bills, but also the possibility of flooding.

How do you replace the flapper?

clean the valveYou should always turn off the water supply first.

At this instance, this should be done at the toilet’s shutoff valve or from the main water supply valve.

Flush the toilet to completely drain the water from the tank.  This should allow you to effectively work on replacing the worn out flapper.

Some toilet tanks come with a specific type of flapper so make sure that you have the right replacement part.

Detach the old flapper from its connection to the overflow tube and the chain from the flush lever.

After you have removed the old flapper, clean the valve seat using a steel wool brush to remove any dirt and debris caught in there.

Wash it out with clean water.  Fit in the replacement flapper and attach it to the chain and the overflow tube.

Open the water supply and allow the tank to fill up.  Flush a couple of times to make sure that a tight seal has been achieved with the new flapper.

Weak Flush

What is a weak flush?

weak flush

This is when the bowl empties slowly with every flush.  This problem is not connected to low water pressure or lack of water in the bowl.

Rather, this is caused by the clogged flush holes found underneath the rim of the toilet bowl.

To solve this problem, you will need a curved wire that will allow you to gently poke the flush holes to clear blockage.

You can use a wire hanger and a small mirror to allow you to see under the toilet’s rim and loosen the debris causing the blockage.

Make sure that you do not scratch the bowl to prevent damaging it.

Do a couple of flushes after clearing the blockage to test if the efficiency of the flushing has been restored.

Water Problem


There are various degrees of water problems that households can experience, some simple, while others can be devastating and costly.

The important thing to remember with water problems is that every problem should be treated like an emergency and to always rely on the services of licensed professional plumbing services.

Here are some of the more common water problems you can encounter.

High Water Bills

There are many reasons why you may have high water bills.  Aside from excessive usage, some of the possibilities include:

dripping faucetDripping Faucets – you may be surprised that many homeowners neglect dripping faucets to the point that they are dismissed as an annoyance rather than a cause of wasted water.

Usually, to stop dripping faucets all you have to do is to replace the worn out washer that is the cause of the problem.

Just unscrew the handle and take out the stem and you will find the washer at the bottom.

Put in the replacement washer and reassemble the faucet; problem solved.

Leaking Pipes – leaks may not always be visible, some can be found behind walls, under foundations, or at the base board of walls.

Leaks do not only contribute to increasing your water bill, but it also makes your home conducive to mold and mildew growth.

This is a threat to your health. Although there are telltale signs like sweaty pipes, pool of water, and moisture marks, the best way to deal with leaks is to constantly check the condition of your pipes.

Better yet, get a regular plumbing inspection from a licensed professional plumbing service.

Water Pressure

water pressure

Another common water problem has to do with water pressure.  High or low, it can cause problems on how you enjoy your plumbing system.

Usually, high water pressure is bad for your pipes and fixtures because it causes them to work beyond the normal conditions they were designed for.

On the other hand, low water pressure can significantly impact the efficiency and effectiveness of your home plumbing.

The key to identifying the cause of water pressure issues is to know where the problem lies.

By having a water pressure gauge installed at the entry point of your plumbing system you will be able to identify whether the right water pressure is coming into your home.

The pressure gauge would cost anywhere from $10 to $25.  Make sure that the water pressure should not be more than 80 psi.

If the right water pressure is entering your home, then the problem may be with the specific fixture.

For example, low pressure from your shower can be caused by calcium deposits, clogged aerator (shower nozzle), or limescale buildup.

All you have to do is to unscrew the shower head and detach the spray plate using a screwdriver.

Soak White VinegarIf you do not have a descaling solution, the next best thing is to soak it in white vinegar with water overnight.

Thoroughly rinse the spray plate and shower head in running water before reassembling it.  This should restore the water pressure to your shower.

water pressure showerFor faucets, all you have to do is to unscrew the aerator and clean it under running water.

This should dislodge any blockage and increase water pressure.

Other


How to stop water coming through your ceiling

What could be causing the water to come through your ceiling?

If you have an overhead water storage tank, it can be anything from a hole in the tank (caused by corrosion), broken pipe, loose joint, or faulty overflow valve.

The important thing is to put a stop to it immediately to prevent further damage until a licensed plumber arrives.  How do you do this?

  1. water coming through ceilingElectricity and water does not mix so the first thing to do is to kill the power to your home.
  2. Turn off the main water supply valve to prevent more water coming into the system.
  3. Place buckets under the point of the ceiling where water is coming through to prevent damage to the flooring.
  4. fix ceilingPoke a small hole in the ceiling to prevent it from collapsing (place a bucket underneath it as well).
  5. Turn on all faucets, showers, and flush all toilets in your home to drain any water remaining in the system.
  6. Wait for professional help to arrive.

 

Renovation Fails

Bad renovations are not that uncommon especially when you take the fact that many homeowners start doing things on their own.

Some have opted for cheaper so called “professionals” only to find out that they have become victimized by renovation fails.

How do you escape this condition?

  • renovation failsMake sure that you buy the best materials or fixtures that you can afford. Investing in cheap fixtures means replacing them often and in the long run becomes more costly.
  • When making new fixture installations, make sure that you use new water and sewer pipes as well. This will prevent many potential problems like poor drainage, leaks, and foul odor.
  • Waterproof your bathroom before retiling it to prevent structural damage and minimize dampening of walls.
  • Some aspects of renovation can be done as a do-it-yourself projects except for plumbing and waterproofing; always call on licensed experts to do these tasks.

With a bit of common sense and good judgement you can save yourself a lot of headaches and costly back work from renovation fails.

Tree Roots

tree rootYou know what is the biggest problem with tree roots?  You don’t see what’s happening beneath the surface.

When they get into your sewer pipes they can cause real havoc on your pipes and possibly the entire home plumbing system.  How do you deal with it?

  • power auger for treeYou can buy a power auger for $400 or rent one for $40 for 4 hours and comes with 70 feet of cable. This allows you to bore through the tree roots in the pipe.
  • Use chemical root killers to treat the line as well as nearby tree roots to make sure that the sewer line remains clear.
  • Make sure that tree roots do not become a problem, plant your trees at least 30 feet away from the sewer line.
  • In case damage has already been done, call on a licensed professional plumbing service to do the repairs.

 

City Sewer Collapse

city sewer collapseThe last thing that you would want to worry about is a sewer backup.  Unfortunately, as a homeowner you are responsible for the sewer pipe from your building to the city’s main sewer.

What should you do to minimize the cost and damage?

  • Get an estimate from at least 5 licensed contractors;
  • Choose the contractor based on experience and best price quote;
  • Secure permits and clearances; and
  • Inspect the repair work being done.

All of these should take around 5 days to complete.  Make sure that the work is guaranteed by the contractor for your own peace of mind.

Conclusion


Learning quick fixes for temporary repairs is a great skill to minimize headaches, potential damage and costly repairs.

If you have tips or advice, please comment below and don’t forget to share it with your followers, friends, and families!

 

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