Posted on: 28 August 2015
Serious plumbing problems are best handled by professional plumbers. However, this doesn't mean that you always have to suffer until the plumber arrives. Most plumbing issues have quick fixes that can give you peace of mind until the professional comes. Some of the quick fixes can also function as permanent solutions. Here are three examples of problems that you can handle either temporarily or permanently with quick fixes:
It can be exasperating to fill your bathtub with water and see it immediately start draining just before you get in. Yet, this problem is not uncommon in lever-action stoppers because most of them don't offer water tight seals.
Fortunately, there is a quick fix that will easily solve the problem. All you have to do is to follow these steps:
- Unscrew the overflow plate
- Pull on the plate until you see several metal pieces coming out, this is the linkage assembly
- One of the metal pieces is a threaded rod; twist it two or three complete cycles
- Replace the linkage assembly
- Replace the overflow plate
- Raise the overflow lever and fill up the tub
You may have to repeat the process for the drain to stop.
Single Faucet Trickling
A trickling faucet can be very frustrating, especially if other faucets in the house are functioning as usual. The most common cause of this problem is clogging of the aerator. A seriously crusted aerator may need to be replaced. However, if your in-laws are coming for dinner and the bathroom faucet is acting up, then a quick fix is to remove the aerator, rid it of the debris (mostly mineral deposits), and reattach it.
Noisy Water Drip
A dripping faucet can make annoying noises if the drops are hitting the surface of water or a hard floor such as a bathroom floor. Some people don't have problems with the sound, but it can make others have sleepless nights. If you can't fix it until the next day (for example, if you don't have the materials or know-how), then you can just tie a string around the end of the faucet. The water will flow down the string instead of dropping down, and the noise will cease.
Always know your limits before attempting any DIY repair or a quick fix. Never attempt something if you think you can't handle it; call an plumber like Roto-Rooter instead. If you try blind repairs, then you are risking further damage to your plumbing.Share