Before you start calling the local plumber to fix your plumbing appliances, you need to think if you can easily solve the problem on your own. There are some plumbing works that are super easy and can be done by anyone who doesn’t have any idea on plumbing. Doing the repairs on your own can definitely save you money, but always keep in mind that if the problem still persists, you need the help of a professional. Here are the few plumbing problems that you can easily fix on your own.
Unclogging a Sink
You shouldn’t panic when you come across a clogged sink. It can be easily solved with the use of either a plunger or drain snake. In some cases, a pipe wrench is also needed. In using the plunger, you need to fill the sink with a bit of water. You can then place the head of the plunger on the drain opening and force it in a up and down motion. Repeat this process until the clog is removed.
If the clog still remains, then you need to use a wrench to detach the sink trap. It’s located below the sink. Also, place a bucket below the sink before removing the sink trap. Examine the trap if it has any accumulated dirt and debris. The next step is to extract the horizontal arm of the sink trap so that you will be able to insert the cable of the snake drain to the stub out. Don’t stop inserting the cable until you notice a blockade. Clench the lock screw and push it while turning the handle in a clockwise manner. Repeat this procedure until there is no form of resistance left from the drain pipe.
Non-stop dripping Faucet
If you noticed that your faucet still drips even though you already tightly closed the valve then there is a problem with it. You need to use a wrench, flat-head screwdriver, O-rings and a WD-40 oil to fix the tap. First of all, you need to shut down the main water supply to eliminate the risk of sudden water surge when repairing the faucet.
1. Remove the handle knobs first with the help of the flat-head screwdriver. There is usually a screw beneath the knobs so remove it as well. You can now detach the handle, but make sure to apply the WD-40 oil so that it will be easier to remove.
2. Unbind the packing nut with the use of the wrench. Take out the faucet stem and examine if there are any broken parts, especially the O-ring. A broken O-ring is usually the cause of a leaking faucet.
3. A damaged washer and O-ring should be replaced as soon as possible. Keep in mind that there are different sizes of O-rings. Be on the safe side and just purchase a pack of O-rings that has multiple sizes.
4. Reconstruct the faucet. The proper arrangement should be as follows: washer, stem, packing nut, screw, and finally, the handle.
5. Turn on the main water supply and check the faucet if the dripping still occurs. Call a plumber if the problem isn’t solved.