Simple plumbing fixes to perform yourself
Simple plumbing fixes to perform yourself with little effort. However, the list is limited and it is advised that you can only attempt so many different plumbing issues yourself. For the rest, we will suggest you make use of the services of a professional plumber. Let’s have a closer look at some of the tasks you can perform with some handy tips and tricks that will help you.
Opening an outside blocked drain
Opening an outside blocked drain could prove challenging and may need the services of a qualified plumber. However, no harm in trying, given you follow these instructions so as not to hurt yourself. You plunge a gully with a plunger and you can not open the sewer line it will be safer for you to contact us so we can assist you. Trust me if I say we have the right tools, manpower, experience, and motivation to do the job.
Normally chemicals and other tools do not really help with a mainline blockage. Especially if it is totally blocked with no movement of water.
Checking your toilet for leaks
Checking your toilet for leaks is easy if you know how to do it. When you take a small piece of toilet paper and rub it all the way around the big round pipe on the exhaust or outlet of the toilet. If it is wet your toilet outlet pipe is leaking. When you rub a piece of toilet paper inside the toilet pan above the waterline. And it is wet, it means that you are losing money because your toilet is leaking water. Apart from that fact, you are also wasting water.
Preventing silt from entering your pressure valve
Preventing silt from entering your pressure valve is pretty easy. The reason why you would like to avoid silt from entering your plumbing system is so that your toilet systems and pressure valve systems do not get clogged up with silt. Silt travels down the water supply line after the municipality worked on your water supply line. To prevent the silt from entering your system open a garden tap until the water is clear when the water supply is returned again.
Testing your premises for underground water leaks
Testing your premises for underground water leaks is a lengthy process. First, fill a couple of buckets of water. Once you have some water from your kettle and some water for flushing you can close the stop cog for your geyser and also all the stop cogs for toilets and mixers if you have any. Take a water meter reading from your water supply line. Once you have done this and waited overnight take another reading. If the water meter advanced you know that you do have a leak and need the services of a leak detector to isolate and repair the water leak. The cost will easily be recovered by the saving you will enjoy.
Plunging a blocked basin
Plunging a blocked basin becomes so easy when you follow this little trick. Normally people just use a plunger, however, that is not enough. However, when you use a wet cloth over the basins overflow will direct all the pressure through the p-trap of the basin. Effectively clearing the blockage with little effort.
Plunging a blocked bath
Plunging a blocked bath is most effective when you place a wet cloth over the bath overflow. In doing so all the pressure is forced through the p-trap of the bath clearing it in no time at all. When you just plunge it will be of little use as the pressure is lost through the overflow.
Plunging a blocked toilet
Plunging a blocked toilet can be done by almost anybody. Once you notice that your toilet drains slowly you need to already take action and plunge it. Once you have plunged it you should also flush it with a big bucket while you are monitoring how fast the toilet drains. If however, you are not successful we are on standby to assist you in no time at all.
Plunging a blocked shower
Plunging a blocked shower is easy. You are also welcome to use chemicals to clear a blocked shower. However, when you notice that you are not successful we will suggest that you contact us because the steps to then clear the blockages are beyond the scope of a DIY attempt.
Fixing a blocked shower head
Fixing a blocked shower head easily by hanging a plastic bag over the shower head containing white vinegar. It will help to dissolve the chemical build-up on the holes of the shower head. This is cheaper than replacing the shower head altogether.
Preventing silt from entering your toilet cistern
Preventing silt from entering your toilet cistern is relatively easy. Once the municipality had restored the water supply to your premises. Simply open a garden tap in order to remove the silt flowing down the pipe. Thus, no silt will be trapped inside the cistern mechanism causing your toilet to take forever to fill up again after a flush.
Plunging a blocked sink
Plunging a blocked sink is easy and straightforward. All the pressure you apply on the plunging will be transferred through the waste trap into the p-trap of your sink. Once you have cleared the blockages we will also suggest that you use some hot water to flush away any residual debris just to be on the safe side.