Homeowners can save money for sometimes unnecessary service calls if they can take care of few minor problems themselves. You should know your limits and level of technical skills prior to doing the fixing yourself. If you feel that it is a bit overwelming for you, please give Schafer Mechanical Services a call or fill our web contact form.
Our tips are mostly about clogged drains and drips around the house.
Stack kitchen sink sprayer
This is one of the easiest plumbing repair jobs a homeowner can do himself. Since there are a lot of pipes tucked under your kitchen sink, sometimes the hose attached to your kitchen sink sprayer can catch on one of the water shut-off valves. A quick economical fix is to slip/cover one-half inch foam pipe insulation over the valves and the pipes.
Running toilets can waste more water than any other common plumbing problem. It is though very easy to fix. A non-stop running toilet most likely means that water valve does not completely close.
Fix is to first check the ball or flapper to see if it is completely closed. Chain is sometimes too tight. If so, loosen it. Also, inspect to see if the water level is set higher than the overflow pipe and adjust the water level as needed.
-Backed-up kitchen sink with Garbage disposal
In case you have a garbage disposal, it can sometimes get clogged with grease or bits of vegetables that are fibrous. Make sure that you always turn off the power to the disposal unit at the circuit box before attempting to unclog it. Use a long-handled spoon or a pair of tongs to pull out the debris. NEVER try to stick your hand into the disposal. Try to run hot water for a minute aor two and then turn the power back on with this time running cold water to see if the clog is gone.
-Backed up kitchen sink without a disposal
In case you do not have a garbage disposal unit, try using the plunger to free the clog. If this doesn’t work then you may need more than a simple plumbing tip to fix your problem and at that time we’d suggest giving us a call to come out and check out the problem.
To avoid clogged drains in the future, try not to pour grease down the sink. Also, never put any food that is stringy down the garbage disposal. Foods to avoid include meat, corn husks, celery and asparagus as just a few good examples.
A Leaking pipe
If leak in a pipe occurs, the very first thing you need to do is to turn off the water supply to the pipe. Try to wrap a sheet of rubber around the section of the pipe that is leaking. Ideally, a sleeve clamp should be used to tighten the rubber, but an adjustable hose clamp should stop the leak as well.
Most major leaks are beyond the ability of the average homeowner to repair, but small drips or leaks can be stopped temporarily until you can call the plumber.
Clogged shower head
Mineral deposits from hard water can clog the small holes in your shower head and make it spray ineffectively. Try to remove them by using warm vinegar and an old toothbrush.
First though, remove the shower head and put it in a bowl of warm vinegar for approximately an hour. Most of the mineral deposits should dissolve. If some deposits end up remaining, use an old toothbrush to gently scrub away the remaining deposits. Rinse the shower head and re-attach it.