If a water pipe bursts in your home or the sump pump stops working, it’s always best to call a plumber for repair. But at Pride Plumbing of Rochester, we know there are easy do-it-yourself ways to clear clogged drains, fix leaky pipes, and perform other small repairs.
If you want to try to tackle a problem before calling in a professional, here are five do-it-yourself tips for general plumbing repairs:
- Leaking Toilet Tank:
To fix a leaky toilet tank, first shut off the water valve under the tank and
use a sponge to soak up any remaining water in the tank. Next, unscrew the tank
bolts and remove the tank from the bowl. Remove old spud washers, bolts, and
gaskets. Insert new spud washers and clean around the holes on the tank. Place
the new gasket onto the bolts and place the tank back on the bowl. The plumbing
supplies you’ll need for the project include a screwdriver and an adjustable
- Cleaning Faucet Aerators: First, place tape around the jaws of a pair of pliers to avoid scratching the aerator. Use the pliers to loosen the aerator, and then take the aerator apart and use a small brush to clean its parts. Put the aerator back together and reinstall it on the faucet.
- Using A Plunger To Unclog Drains: If you have clogged drains, the first thing you need to do is remove the drain stopper. Block the overflow hole with a wet rag and cover the drain with a plunger. Make sure the plunger is secured on the drain and move it up and down. Release the suction and remove the cause of the blockage. If this method doesn't work, the clog may be further down in the pipes and you'll need to call a plumber for a snake.
- Unclogging Garbage Disposals: Turn off the electrical power switch before beginning any repair work. Next, look inside the disposal and use pliers to remove the blockage. Wait 15 minutes for the disposal motor to cool and then turn the power back on. The only plumbing supplies you’ll need is a pair of pliers. If you can’t reach the blockage, call a professional plumber for help.
- Removing Debris From Vents: The plumbing vents are in the pipes located on the roof. These vents can become clogged with leaves, dead rodents, and bird nests. The plumbing supplies you’ll need to clear the vents include a plumber’s snake or garden hose. Run the plumber’s snake down the vent pipe to collect any debris you can reach. If that doesn’t work, the water pressure from the hose should push out anything stuck in the vent.
If you have any questions about DIY procedures, or prefer to hire a professional plumber, call Pride Plumbing of Rochester at (585) 272-7272 for an estimate. Our expertise comes from more than 15 years of experience providing homeowners in Rochester, New York, with reliable and affordable plumbing services. You can also visit us online for more information on water heater and sump pump maintenance, general plumbing repairs, and more.