Whenever you use your sink, bath or shower, it’s likely that it’s not just water that’s heading down the drain. Hair, food, grease and soap will also be heading down there, and although it might not seem like a problem it is. Over time, this builds up and can form blockages.
You can spot if a blockage is building up because your drainage will gradually slow down, or an unpleasant smell might appear. Don’t worry though, when the early signs start it’s quite an easy fix. The quickest, easiest and cheapest fix we have is to pour half a cup of salt down the drain. Follow this up with boiling water.
There are also many solutions you can purchase straight off the shelf, but we advise that you check the contents of these treatments as some of them have harmful chemicals that can cause corrosion to certain pipes.
Another common issue that can happen with the plumbing in your home is that your pipes start to leak. This is caused by high pressure within your system or if the pipe has sustained general damage. The problem with this is that it can happen in areas that you can’t visibly see. If it persists, mould can grow.
If your leaking pipe is caused by high water pressure, a plumber can install a device that will reduce the amount of pressure within your system.
If you have a small leak, also known as a pinhole leak, this can temporarily be fixed by yourself. To do this, you’ll need to use a rubber sealant, or use some soft plastic with a jubilee clamp. In the long run, however, you’ll want your pipes fixing professionally and permanently.
A leaky faucet can be caused by the rubber washers wearing out from use over time. It’s an easy fix, but if you leave the leak or drip for too long then it can cause water loss and your water bill can creep up without you realising.
The good thing is that this is a relatively easy fix, and all you have to do is replace the washer. To do this, remove the cap on the handle and use a screwdriver to remove the screw. Once this screw has been removed, you will need a wrench to unscrew the packing nut. The stem will also be visible, which needs removing too. Now, you should finally be able to see the washer that’s been in held by a brass screw. All you have to do is replace this and reattach the parts.