Whether you are living in an old house or a new one, in a big mansion or a small apartment, you are going to face various plumbing defects sooner or later. Here are 5 plumbing hacks that you can do on your own whenever the need arises.

Before beginning any plumbing project, you must always remember to stop the water supply. This can create difficulties while servicing or repairing your plumbing system or can even worsen the problem. Hence, turn off the water supply before getting started.

  • Fix Faucet Leaks

The most common reason behind a faucet leak is the worn out washer. Using the correct wrench, tighten the base of the faucet first, and see if the leak stops. If it doesn’t, remove the faucet and replace the rubber washer inside. But if the leak still continues, replace the faucet itself.


  • Unclog the Sink, Kitchen Drains, Bathtub

There is a way that can clear clogs without causing any damage to your plumbing system. Start with pulling out hair, leftover food, or other clogging materials stuck in the drain, sink, or bathtub. Pour half a bucket of hot water down the drain. Now, pour ¼ to ½ cup of baking soda and pour a cup of warm vinegar in it. Let this sit for about 10-minutes and pour another bucket of water down the drain.


  • Eliminate Pipe Leaks at the Connection

Using the appropriate wrench, loosen the pipe connection that is leaking. Collect the leftover water in a bucket. Now, wrap the Plumber’s tape or the Teflon tape on the threads of the pipe. Reconnect the pipes tightly using the wrench. When the pipes are connected, the connection will be tighter than before and you won’t see any more leaks from that connection.


  • Thaw Frozen Pipes

As the water inside the pipes freeze, it expands and causes cracks in the pipes. Locate the frozen pipe and check for any cracks. If there is no damage, proceed with the thawing process. You can wrap a hot towel (towel soaked in hot water and squeezed to remove the excess water) around the pipe. You can also use a hair dryer to thaw the pipes. Turn the dryer on and blow air on the frozen area of the pipe. Keep the towel wrapped or the hair dryer on for enough time to thaw the pipes. 
If you notice cracks, consider replacing the pipes. 


  • Clear the Toilet

There are two simple DIY ways of unclogging the toilet. 
Method 1: Pour a bucket of hot water into the toilet. Hot water breaks down the materials that cause the clogs. You can mix hand soap, shampoo, or detergent for better clearing results.
Method 2: Use a toilet plunger with a long handle. Plunge gently the first time so that the water doesn’t spill out and ruin your entire bathroom. Once done, plunge vigorously in and out, maintaining the seal for 20-25 times.

These plumbing maintenance tips should help keep plumbing defects at bay until your plumbing system requires serious attention which cannot be resolved with the help of Edmonton professional plumbers. As our professionals suggest, maintain your plumbing system and fixtures regularly to avoid minor plumbing defects from becoming severe issues.


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