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The Homeowner's Guide to Basic Plumbing Repairs

If you live in a house, plumbing can be both a blessing and a curse. It is a tiny miracle that brings running water into our homes for cooking and cleaning. But when it stops working properly, it can be an odious task to deal with. Sometimes it is just easier to call in a professional, especially if the problem is a big one. If the problem is a smaller, common problem, then you may be able to take care of it yourself. Here are a few common plumbing problems that you can manage on your own.

Clogged Drain

While there are chemical methods that you can purchase from any department or grocery store for dealing with a clogged drain, not everyone is keen on introducing such chemicals into the environment where they live. If that is the case, there is a very simple tool you can purchase at any hardware store that looks sort of like a large zip tie with a handle and teeth. It is very inexpensive, usually in the neighborhood of one or two dollars. You simply insert it into your drain and use the handle to pull it out again. The teeth that run along the sides of this device grab onto the hair that is clogging your drain and voila-- problem solved. One word of caution: pulling globs of hair and junk out of a drain is not for the weak of stomach.

Leaky Faucet

Start by turning off the water supply under your sink. Next, take the faucet apart and remove and replace old O-rings and washers and then put the faucet back together. Once everything has been put back together, turn the water supply valve back on and test your faucet. If it is still dripping, then it may be time to call in a professional. If you live in Odessa, The Clean Plumbers are a good choice.

Weak Water Pressure in Your Shower

This one is pretty simple. Low water pressure in your shower is usually the result of limescale on your shower head. To fix it, simply unscrew the shower head from the hose and soak it in a limescale solution for whatever period is specified on the product packaging. When it is finished, rinse it off and replace it. Nothing could be simpler.

There are all sorts of things that could go wrong with your plumbing. Sometimes calling a plumber is your best bet. But, sometimes the problem turns out to be something you can manage on your own.

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