Posted by: simplyservicecompany | July 13, 2012

Solving Plumbing Problems in the Home

Here’s an article with a few tips for common household plumbing problems.

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Summer’s a time for dusting off your barbecue and taking a break, so dealing with a plumbing problem is likely to be the last thing on your mind. And anyone who’s experienced a blocked toilet or sink in their home will know how unpleasant a problem it can be.

1. How to unblock a toilet

If the blockage isn’t too serious, it can usually be cleared by simply pouring a bucket of warm water into the toilet bowl. If the warm water method fails to clear the blockage, use a plunger. If you don’t have a plunger, a floor mop will make a suitable replacement.

2. How to unblock a sink

If your sink’s draining more slowly than usual (or not at all) you probably have a blocked pipe. Try clearing the blockage using a plunger while blocking the overflow with a cloth.

If that doesn’t solve the problem, make a solution of 1/3 cup baking soda and 1/3 cup vinegar and pour this down the plughole. You should hear a fizzing noise to indicate it’s working. Remember to wear protective gloves when unblocking a sink, and to clean up and disinfect thoroughly when the job’s finished.

3. Temporarily fix a leak

If you’ve got a leak in your home it’s always best to call in the experts. Here’s a couple of temporary measures to fix a leaking pipe and prevent major damage while you sort out a more permanent repair.

First step – Place a bucket or bowl under the leak to catch the water. Before attempting to fix the leak you’ll need to locate and turn off your water main. If you have a ceiling leak, make a small hole with a screwdriver and catch the water in a bucket (this will help prevent the water building up and causing further damage to your home).

Option 1 – Wrap strong, watertight tape around the source of the leak to stop the drip. Always make sure you read the instructions on the packet prior to use.

Option 2 – Garden hose. If you have no access to watertight tape, a length of garden hose can make an effective alternative. First make sure the hose is longer than the damaged section of the pipe. Then slice it lengthways, wrap it around the affected area and hold it in place with a hose clamp.



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