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What Plumbing Problems Can You Tackle Yourself?

Do you know what to do in case your plumbing has a problem? Sometimes a plumber might not be available to fix it immediately, or you can save some money with a little DIY know-how. At Joseph Giannone Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning, we can fix problems with the plumbing in your Philadelphia home, but we also want our neighbors to be able to take care of routine matters themselves.

Here are a few plumbing problems you can tackle on your own.

How to Shut Off Water

The first thing to know is how to shut off the water in case of an emergency. If the problem is a faucet or toilet:

  • Look for the shut-off valve attached to a pipe or line beneath the sink or behind the toilet.
  • Turn the valve's clockwise.
  • Flush the toilet and run the faucet to drain the remaining water.

If it’s something more serious like a burst pipe find the main shut off valve that supplies water to the home. The valve is near the water meter found either in the basement or in the yard.

How to Clear a Drain Clog

Clogged drains are a common problem and there are a few remedies you can try to remove a clog.

  • Pouring boiling water down the drain can help break up food and grease.
  • If that doesn’t work, try a biological treatment like BioOne before reaching for harsh chemicals. This treatment eats through soap scum, hair, and grease naturally, and it won’t take a toll on your plumbing.
  • Be sure to keep a professional-grade plunger on hand, too.

How to Fix a Leaky Faucet

Leaky faucets can be a simple fix with a little elbow grease.

  • Turn on the faucet.
  • Then shut off the water to the sink, relieving the water pressure.
  • Carefully take apart the faucet.
  • Clean with white vinegar, while checking for damage to parts.
  • Replace any damaged parts.
  • Put the faucet back together.
  • Turn the water back on.

How to Drain a Water Heater

Knowing how to deal with your hot water heater is very important. If you find yourself running out of hot water, or experience rust and sediment in your water, inspecting and draining the heater is easy.

  • Turn off the water heater.
  • Turn on a faucet in the house to run while draining the system.
  • Attach a hose to the drainage bit.
  • Open the drain valve.
  • Water will then drain from the unit to remove any sediment.
  • Remove any leftover sediment by flushing the tank until the water is clear.
  • Close the drain valve and refill the tank.
  • Turn the water heater back on.

Remember to drain your water heater and do routine maintenance yearly, as well as replacing your system every 10 years.

Not every plumbing problem is an emergency. Don't be afraid to tackle minor problems yourself. If you know you need professional help, Giannone is here to save the day. Give us a call at (215) 375-7134 or contact Giannone online to schedule service or maintenance.