As a homeowner, you are responsible for everything that goes on in your home. The fun and exciting things like decorating, home improvements, and modifications are up to you. But the not-so-fun things like home repairs, especially unexpected home repairs, are also your responsibility. If you are a new homeowner, you will find that it’s necessary for you to learn some basic home repairs so you don’t have to hire people to handle small jobs and end up spending too much money.
Done-Right Rooter and Plumbing believes in getting the job done fast, clean, and the right way. Our professional plumbers and technicians have been in the industry for years, and have learned a thing or two about minor home repairs that anybody should be able to handle. Read on to learn some of the tips and tricks to common plumbing issues that anybody can do! Remember, if you aren’t sure or the job may seem too big to tackle on your own, contact the professionals at Done-Right Rooter and Plumbing.
- Quiet your noisy pipes
Do you notice strange, creaking noises coming from your pipes? It may not be a serious issue, but it is annoying. A potential cause is the hot water running through the copper pipes. When this happens, pipes are expanding and grinding against the joists and pipe hangers. There is a simple solution to this obnoxious issue that requires a short amount of time, and even less of an investment. Take a short trip to the hardware store and pick up a roll of felt tape with adhesive lining on the backside. Next, you’ll remove the hangers and simply cut the felt tape into strips. Wrap the strips around the pipes where they hang from the metal hangers and joists. Re-attach the hardware in its original location. Now, when your pipes expand the soft felt tape will act as a barrier in between the metal pieces, silencing the creaks once and for all.
- Sink sprayer hang-ups
Sink sprayers are handy little features most kitchen sinks have nowadays. People enjoy having sink sprayers because they make the tedious chore of washing dishes a lot easier to manage. In some homes, the sprayer hose will dangle below your sink and hide in the same location where the other kitchen pipes are. Depending on how loose the sprayer hose is, it can get caught up around the pipe valves every time it is used. The natural solution to this is to yank and pull harder on the sprayer until it gives. Stop doing that. Since the sprayer hose is getting caught on the valve, the harder you pull on the sprayer to give more slack, you could potentially damage the valve, pipe, and even the hose itself. Instead, the problem is easily resolved with a quick trip to the hardware store to purchase a few feet of foam pipe insulation. Wrap the insulation around the pipes and cover the shutoff valve to make it smooth so the hose no longer has anything to catch on.
- Stop a leaky faucet
Are you tired of hearing the constant sound of a dripping water from an old faucet? We can’t blame you. As quiet as the sound is, it’s enough to make you crazy. Not to mention, wasting gallons of water and costing you more money on your monthly water bill. Each faucet is different, and there could be several reasons why it is leaking. For single-lever faucets, you’ll spend about an hour working on the repair and not a whole lot of money on finding replacement parts. This easy home repair is a little more detail oriented, but it can be done, even for a plumbing novice. Be sure to check back here for an easy-to-follow how-to on repairing leaky faucets.
- Prevent frozen pipes
Here in San Jose, we don’t see too many frozen pipes, but that’s not to say it won’t happen. As the year goes on and the months get colder, homeowners have a duty to winterize their home. If you don’t take the time to winterize your home, you’re taking a serious risk that could lead to serious damage to your pipes. One of the best solutions to prevent frozen pipes is to install a frost-free valve to your outdoor hose faucets.
These are just a few tips and tricks to at-home plumbing repairs that many homeowners will need to take the time and familiarize themselves with. If you ever have questions and need some expert advice, don’t hesitate to contact the professional plumbers at Done-Right Rooter and Plumbing. And for the larger plumbing jobs, be sure to keep our number close by, we’ll be able to assist you with all of your water heater, kitchen, and bathroom plumbing needs.
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