Household Plumbing Issues – DIY Plumbing Tips from Roto-Rooter

Posted by in Plumber Talk, on March 26, 2017 There are many household DIY plumbing projects that will eventually come up for homeowners. From a simple clogged bathtub to a smelly kitchen sink or even a stuck water valve, most of these issues are simple enough to fix. However, make sure to know your own limits, and call a professional where needed.

First, one of the most common plumbing issues is a clogged tub or shower drain. This is most often caused by hair buildup within the drain, which can make for a nasty bathtub clog. The simplest way to unclog your shower or tub drain is to grab a wire hanger, make a hook on the end and insert the hooked end into the drain. Carefully remove any hair that may have clogged the drain and see if that helps.

We also discuss a neat way you can clean away hard water deposits from your shower head, which can slow the flow of water from your shower head.

Have you ever tried to turn off the water to a toilet or faucet and found that the knob is stuck? Stuck water valves happen when the rubber seal dries out or becomes coated with minerals. It’s a good idea to exercise these valves from time to time by turning them on and off a few times a year.

If the water line valve won’t budge: be careful. Forcing it can break the valve as it may already be open all the way. Similarly, if your water valves are too loose, you can use a screwdriver to tighten the set screw.

Many homeowners complain about smelly kitchen sink drains, where food particles trapped in the disposal are the likely culprit. For other faucet leaks around the base of the faucet, you may need to rebuild the fixture with new O-rings for a better seal.

If you feel a bit in over your head and need professional help, just give us a call: 888-302-4368 – consultations are completely free, and you can reach us 24/7.

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