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DIY Plumbing Tips: Tackle Small Issues Before Calling a Ventura Plumber

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Plumbing issues can range from minor inconveniences to major emergencies. While some problems can be managed by homeowners with a bit of DIY effort, there are times when you need the expertise of a professional plumber. At Hansen’s Plumbing & Remodeling, we understand the importance of addressing plumbing issues promptly and efficiently. Whether you’re dealing with a persistent leak or a complete plumbing overhaul, our team is here to help.

Tackle Minor Plumbing Problems Yourself

Plumbers can handle any plumbing repair, big or small, but it costs money to have us come to your home. Many small issues can be tackled by homeowners, saving the call to a plumber for major emergencies. When faced with a minor problem, grab your wrench and plunger and get ready to handle it on your own.

A Toolkit for Plumbing Issues

Every good plumber has a toolkit, and so should every DIY plumber. It’s important to have a dedicated plumbing toolkit separate from your primary tools. These tools can get dirty, so it’s best to keep them together. Your plumbing toolkit should include:

  • Two plungers: one for sinks and one for toilets. Never use the same plunger for both—ick!
  • Adjustable wrench
  • Screwdriver
  • Pliers
  • Utility knife
  • Plumbing tape
  • Caulking gun

With these tools, you’ll be prepared to tackle most common plumbing problems.

Clean Out Drains and Clogs

Clogged drains can be a major inconvenience, whether in a toilet, sink, or bathtub. The culprit is often mundane: food and grease in sinks, hair in bathtubs, and… poo in toilets. Fortunately, you can often clear these clogs without calling a plumber. Here’s how:

  1. Use a Plunger: Place the plunger over the drain, ensuring a good seal. When you press down, the air should rush into the drain, not out the sides. Press down forcefully and repeatedly until the clog clears.

Fix a Running or Leaking Toilet

A running toilet is usually caused by a faulty stop valve or plug in the tank assembly. Open the toilet tank and check if the plug has a good seal or if the floater is set too high, preventing the plug from covering the hole. While jiggling the handle can provide a temporary fix, replacing the assembly is both easy and inexpensive.

For a leaky toilet, determine the source of the leak. If there’s a crack in the porcelain, you might be able to caulk it. If the leak is coming from under the toilet, you’ll need to unscrew the main seat, empty the water, and lift the toilet to inspect the wax ring. The seal is likely broken, and you’ll need to replace the wax ring.

When to Call a Professional Plumber

While many plumbing issues can be handled with a bit of DIY effort, there are times when professional intervention is necessary. Here are some scenarios when you should call Hansen’s Plumbing & Remodeling:

  • Persistent Clogs: If a clog doesn’t clear after several attempts, it may be deeper in the plumbing system.
  • Water Heater Issues: Problems with water heaters often require specialized knowledge and equipment.
  • Burst Pipes: This is a plumbing emergency that requires immediate professional attention to prevent extensive water damage.
  • Sewer Line Problems: Issues with the main sewer line can lead to significant damage and health hazards.

Contact Hansen’s Plumbing & Remodeling

For professional and reliable plumbing services in Ventura, trust Hansen’s Plumbing & Remodeling. We offer comprehensive plumbing solutions to address any issue you may encounter. From minor repairs to major installations, our experienced team is ready to assist you.

Call us today at (805) 647-0113 or visit our website to schedule a service appointment.

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