Helpful Plumbing Fixes for Common Plumbing Problems

Plumbing issues can happen at any moment, often causing distress, inconvenience and damage to your home. While calling a professional plumber is often the best course of action for complex problems, there are many common issues you can tackle yourself with a bit of know-how and the right tools. In this guide, we’ll explore some of the most common plumbing problems and how you can fix them yourself.

Clogged Drains

A frequent and frustrating plumbing issue that homeowners face is a clogged sink which is often a relatively easy fix. There are several methods you can use to clear a clog:

Plunger – The humble plunger is a simple yet effective tool for clearing minor drain clogs. Place the plunger over the drain, ensuring a tight seal, and push and pull forcefully to dislodge the blockage.

Drain Snake – A drain snake, also known as a plumbing auger, is a flexible tool that can reach deep into the drain to break up and remove stubborn clogs, which can be bought from Screwfix for around £15. Insert the snake into the drain and twist it as you push it further in. Once you feel resistance, twist, and pull the snake back to remove the clog.

DIY Drain Cleaner – You can also make your own drain cleaner using baking soda and vinegar. Pour a cup of baking soda followed by a cup of vinegar down the drain, and let it sit for about 30 minutes. Then, flush the drain with hot water to clear away the debris.

Leaky tap

Leaky taps waste water, and can lead to higher utility bills if left unattended. Fixing a leaky tap is often a straightforward task, here is how to perform a basic fix:

Turn Off the Water – Before you start any repairs, make sure to turn off the water supply to the affected tap.

Replace the Washer – For older taps. a dripping tap can be caused by a worn-out washer. To replace the washer, first, unscrew the tap handle and remove it. Then, use a wrench to loosen the packing nut and remove the stem. Replace the old washer with a new one and reassemble the faucet.

Running Toilet

A running toilet can waste water and inflate your water bill. To fix a running toilet, try the following steps:

Check the Flapper – The flapper is a rubber seal inside the toilet tank that controls the flow of water. If the flapper is worn or damaged, it may not seal properly, causing water to continuously leak into the bowl. Replace the flapper with a new one to see if that resolves the issue.

Adjust the Float – The float is a device that regulates the water level in the toilet tank. If the float is set too high, it can cause the cistern to overflow and result in a running toilet. Adjust the float level to ensure it sits lower in the tank, allowing the water to shut off at the appropriate level.

Low Water Pressure

Low water pressure can make simple tasks like showering or washing dishes frustrating. To improve water pressure:

Check for Blockages – Remove the aerator from the tap/shower head and clean any debris that may be causing a blockage. You can also check for obstructions in the pipes leading from the tap.

Frozen Pipes

During the winter months, frozen pipes can be a significant concern, potentially leading to burst pipes and water damage. To prevent frozen pipes:

Insulate Pipes – Insulate exposed pipes with foam pipe insulation which you can buy at any of the large DIY sheds to protect them from freezing temperatures.

Turn off outside taps from an isolation valve inside the property – Fit an insulation cover which again you can buy from a DIY store.

While these DIY fixes can resolve many common plumbing problems, it’s essential to know your limits. If you encounter a plumbing issue that you’re unsure how to handle or if your attempts at DIY repair are unsuccessful, don’t hesitate to call 24-7 Emergency Plumbing on 07471 875251