Your plumbing system is complex, and there are a lot of issues that could crop up over time. While some of these issues will require professional help to be resolved, others can be handled on your own. If, however, you attempt to fix the problem yourself and it does not work, get in touch with a plumbing professional right away. In addition, there may be times that you are simply not comfortable doing the work yourself. In such time, your best bet would be to Google local plungers for example, ‘emergency plumbers Basingstoke‘, and call a professional to figure out your next steps.

Blocked Toilet

If your toilet is blocked, it needs to be fixed right away. To help prevent problems, make sure that everyone in your household knows not to flush anything other than toilet paper. However, if the toilet gets blocked, there are a few things you can do.

Take out about half of the water with a handled container if your bowl is full. Alternatively, if it is empty, put in water so that it is half full. Use a plunger until the water goes down the drain.

If the plunger does not work, try a plumbing auger instead. The auger should be inserted as far as it can go until it comes into contact with the blockage. Turn the auger to free up the drain.

If the auger does not work, your clog may need to be handled by a professional. In addition, remember to have separate plungers for the toilet and the kitchen. These are actually different products and they need to be kept separate to avoid any health issues.

Blocked Drain

Your kitchen drain does a lot of work; it gets rid of dirty water and also sends scraps of foods into the disposal. However, sometimes larger pieces of food get stuck and block up the pipe. If you have this situation, you can fix it.

First, take out the strainer. Put a plunger over the hole and then add water to the sink, so that the cup of the plunger is submerged. Use the plunger to dislodge the food that is in the drain. You may need to do this for several minutes until you see the water go down.

In some cases, a plunger may not be effective. If this is the case, try a plumber’s snake instead. If you attempt to use both the plunger and the snake, and you do not have success, that means the blockage is down in the drain line. You need to get in contact with a plumber before the blockage causes damage.

Dripping Faucet

Dealing with a leaky faucet is a very common plumbing problem. It is important to first figure out what type of faucet you are dealing with. For example, a ball faucet has one lever that handles both cold and hot water. A compression faucet valve has two levers. If you have handlers that go down when the water is on, you have a reversed compression faucet.

A ball faucet is easy to repair; make sure the water supply is off and then take off the handle using an Allen wrench.

Hot Water Shortage

Your water heater uses either electricity or gas to warm up water that comes from the water supply line. It is stored in the tank and kept hot until you “request” warm water from your shower or sink. If you turn on a faucet and nothing but cold water comes out, the water heater is likely to blame. Keep in mind that you need to be careful when you work on a water heater because there could be pressure inside the storage area.

First, try all other water sources to make sure that the problem lies with the water heater and not the individual faucet. If it is an issue with the faucet, a broken pipe may be to blame.

If you suspect the water heater, lay a hand on it to see if it is warm. If it is, it is still working. An electrical water heater may have a breaker or fuse issue. A gas water heater may need to have the pilot lights re-lit.

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