Quick fixes for common plumbing issues

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April 17, 2024
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DIY solutions for everyday household plumbing challenges

At BIG Warranties, we understand that dealing with plumbing issues can be a hassle. That's why we're here to provide you with practical solutions to common plumbing problems that every homeowner encounters at some point. With our expertise and your willingness to roll up your sleeves, you can tackle these issues head-on and keep your home running smoothly.

Leaky taps

Leaky taps are not just annoying; they can also lead to significant water wastage over time. Often, the culprit is a worn-out washer or O-ring. To fix this, turn off the water supply to the tap, disassemble the handle, and replace the faulty washer or O-ring with a new one. You can easily purchase these items online or from most hardware stores. Next, reassemble the tap, and the leak should be gone.

Clogged drains

Clogged drains are a common nuisance in kitchens and bathrooms. For minor clogs, a mixture of baking soda and vinegar followed by hot water can often do the trick. If the clog persists, try using a plunger to dislodge the blockage. For more stubborn clogs, a drain snake or auger may be necessary to break up the obstruction.

Running toilet

A running toilet can waste a significant amount of water and drive up your utility bills. In many cases, the issue is with the flapper or flush valve. Open the tank and inspect these components for any signs of damage or misalignment. Adjust or replace them as needed to stop the constant flow of water.

Low water pressure

Low water pressure can make simple tasks like showering or washing dishes frustrating. Check the aerator on your taps and showerheads for mineral build-up, which can restrict water flow. Soak the aerator in vinegar overnight to dissolve the deposits, then scrub it clean with a brush before reattaching it.

Slow-draining sink

A sink that drains slowly is often caused by a build-up of hair, soap scum, or food particles in the drain pipe. Remove the drain stopper and use a drain snake or plunger to clear the blockage. Alternatively, a mixture of baking soda and salt followed by hot water can help break up the debris and restore proper drainage.

Taking care of common plumbing problems doesn't have to be a daunting task. With a little know-how and the right tools, many issues can be resolved quickly and easily, saving you time and money.

If you ever find yourself facing a plumbing emergency, remember that BIG Warranties has got you covered with our comprehensive home emergency policy, which includes extensive plumbing and drainage cover. From burst pipes to sewer line backups, our policy offers the assistance you need when you need it most. Don't wait until it's too late - get covered today!

If you haven't yet secured coverage with us, our sister company, Go Assist, stands ready to provide fast repairs for any plumbing issues that may arise.

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