As professional plumbers, we’ll be there when you need us. But plenty of plumbing repairs qualify as DIY—even if you’re not particularly handy. Before you call us, check out this list of our favorite plumbing tips!
- If you (or mini-you) have dropped something in your toilet (hair brush, cell phone, car keys), try using a wet/dry vac to retrieve it. For other toilet clogs, check out these tips.
- Before attempting to plunge the clogged side of a double-sink, stop up the open side so you achieve good suction with the plunger.
- If you see evidence of leaks inside your sink cabinets, water might be seeping underneath the sink rim. Tighten the faucet base, re-caulk around the sink, and tighten the clamps connecting the sink to the counter. If you’re certain it’s the faucet itself that’s leaking, you’ll find DIY solutions here.
- To stop your toilet from running, trying adjusting the float to a lower water level and lengthen the flapper chain so there’s just a tiny bit of slack when the flapper’s closed.
- Check for a leaky toilet by adding a few drops of food coloring to the tank. After 15 minutes, check the color of the water in the bowl. If the color has come through, you have a leak—most likely at the flapper.
- Unclog your bathroom drain, chemical-free, with just a wire clothes hanger.
- If your garbage disposal’s being uncooperative, try the simplest solution first: Press the reset button on the bottom of the unit. Still no go? Try these other DIY tips.
- To improve your water heater’s efficiency, wrap it with an insulating blanket.
- Don’t over-tighten screws and valves. Cranking them down might seem like a good way to prevent leaks, but too much pressure on washers and seals will ruin them—which will cause leaks. If you see drips and you’re certain your washers are good, snug up the connections just a bit more.
- Use silicone caulk, rather than plumber’s putty. It lasts longer and won’t damage surfaces.
- Check to make sure your sink and toilet shut-off valves turn easily before you have a problem.
- If your showerhead is clogged, try removing mineral deposits by soaking it overnight in warm white vinegar. Do the same for your sink faucet aerators.
- On the other hand, if your showerhead is leaky, try unscrewing it and replacing the plumbing tape.
Maplewood Plumbing and Sewer has been servicing St. Louis homes for more than 30 years. Our family owned business prides itself on our solid reputation in the community. Give us a call and see for yourself why our loyal customers won’t use anyone else!
We offer a one-year warranty on all parts and labor excluding washers.
We are also experts in Kitchen plumbing, basement plumbing, bathroom plumbing and tankless water heater installation. Give us a call at 314-645-6350 or fill out the contact form here to request a bid.