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Helpful Hints for Repairing Basic Plumbing Issues

When Should I Call a Plumber?

You don’t need to call  a plumber every single time your toilet runs for a bit longer than normal. Often times you’ll find that you can fix these problems yourself without having to contact a plumber.  As long as you can follow simple directions, you’ll be just fine.  Read below for Five  issues you could face when tackling your home’s plumbing problems

Toilet Won’t Stop Running

If you just can’t take that toilet water constantly running, you can take the toilet apart and fix this yourself.  You might have a loose fill tube, an unbalanced float, or your flapper valve might not be fitting correctly.  The float or the valve may need to be adjusted.  This can be done by taking your hand and pulling up on the float. If tht doesn’t work, then you may have bigger problems.  This may mean you need to replace the entire assembly valve.  Most hardware stores carry a DIY Plumber’s kit that you can purchase. These kits usually come with instructions too in case you need them!

Pipes are Leaking

Sometimes you may find a big puddle underneath your sink in the bathrooms or kitchens.  This is most likely caused by you having leaky pipes.  If you’re handy, you might be able to fix this problem yourself by simply putting on some fitting compounds or some kind of filler. Doing this would only provide a temporary fix.  You’ll most likely end up replacing the u-joint that you can find underneath the sink.  You may make a big mess when making this repair, but you should be able to pull it off.


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Pipes and Drains are Clogged

In more cases than not, your friendly neighborhood plunger can fix your problems. Using the power of air pressure, you can blast through those pesky clogged drains without spending more than some elbow grease on getting the job done. I often use store bought drain declogging liquid, such as Liquid Plumber.  I’ve found that these solutions provide a short term solution but will get clogged again in the near future. If you can physically see something obstructing the drains path, such as hair or shampoo lid, you can use a tool such as tweezers or pliers to remove the object.

Low Water Pressure

Another issue may be that your pipes have very low water pressure.  If your pipes are old and you have sediment buildup on your faucet, this will often be the reason for low water pressure.  You’ll want to get that fixed asap by simply taking off the aerator .  Just unscrew the top part.  Soak the faucets and showerheads overnight in a vinegar bath.  This will really help to loosen up those deposits.

Dripping Faucets

You may have a dripping faucet. If that’s the case, you may be able to repair it simply by replacing the washers on your own. You’d need to get a  do-it-yourself kit from any hardware store. Don’t forget that if the valve seat is corroded or worn out, you may need to contact a professional plumber from a residential plumbing service  like Affordable Pittsburgh Plumbing.

If you’re facing a plumbing problem that you can’t fix on your own, turn to the experts at Affordable Pittsburgh Plumbing



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