5 Plumbing Tips for Beginners

Remove Clogs Without Chemicals

Manually unclog a drain with a drain snake. Insert into the drain and pull back out with the clog culprit attached. If you don't have or don't want to hassle with one, try using a wet/dry shop vacuum to suck out the clog.

Don't Be Afraid to Replace Parts Inside Your Toilet or Faucet

Worn flappers are a common cause of leaks between the toilet tank and bowl, and they only cost a few dollars! The package comes with easy-to-follow instructions for replacement. Most modern faucets can be repaired by replacing the entire interior with a new cartridge. This only requires that you remove a screw or two. So, if you hear the toilet running frequently, or your sink is dripping, get replacement parts and give it a go.

Check Your Showerhead for Issues

Thread tape is also one of the easiest ways to fix a dripping showerhead. Unscrew the showerhead, apply the new tape by wrapping in a clockwise direction, and re-attach to stop the drip. If the showerhead is clogged, soak it in a bowl with warm water and vinegar for about an hour. Use a small brush to loosen any mineral deposits that could be causing blockages in the spray.

Use Thread Tape

Thread sealing compound, commonly known as "pipe dope," can drip and smear. For most DIY projects involving pipe threads around the house, thread tape will work just as well or better. You can buy a multi-purpose tape, which is usually white. The thicker tape is usually yellow for gas or pink for water. When you wrap the tape, roll it counterclockwise around the threads. Wrap a few turns of tape around a cheap pen and apply from that.

Make Your Water Heater More Efficient

Check your water heater's thermostat to make sure it's not set too high. You should be able to go down to 115 degrees and still have enough hot water for your needs. Hot water will stay hot longer this way but be careful not to cover the thermostat. Some utilities provide inexpensive or free insulating blankets that are simple to install. You may live in an area where sediment collects quickly in the lines. Sediment can also collect quickly in systems using a well. Get rid of the grit by draining a quart of water from your tank once every 3 months.

If you feel that this is all too much for you to handle or you don’t have the time to do this by yourself, then you should contact a professional plumber. At JCN Plumbing, we are Licensed and Insured.

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