Plumbing is an essential piece of your property. It can also be one of the aspects of your house you know very little about. And that’s OK! As the Top Rated Local® plumbers in Dallas, we don’t mind helping you through any kind of plumbing problem. But we also want to make sure you have the necessary skills to address some things on your own, saving you both time and money in the long run.
While there are of course things we would never recommend you try on your own, because they are best handled by trained, master plumbers as we have here at C & C Slab Leaks and Plumbing, routine maintenance and tasks can be performed without the need of a plumber.
Let’s take a look at 10 common plumbing things you should know how to do around the house. If you find yourself in need of more serious plumbing repairs or assistance, don’t hesitate to call us and we’ll get an experienced, professional Dallas plumber out to your house in no time!
Locate and Turn Off Your Water Main
You should know where to cut off the water in your home should you have a leak. This can prevent further plumbing problems and potentially even save you from needing a Dallas plumber in the first place. It looks like a wheel or bar-type level. Turn wheels clockwise and push levers right (or down).
Review the Water Meter and Bill
If you have city water, there is a meter for your home, typically near the street or under a metal cover. Know where it is and how to read it to help monitor your usage and keep your bill down. If your bill seems higher than normal, this could be an indication of hidden leaks in your home, which should be addressed immediately in order to prevent significant damage to your home due to major plumbing issues developing over time.
Test Water Pressure
Ideal water pressure is 80 pounds per square inch in standard households. You can ask your water company to test the pressure or you can buy a tester for cheap at a hardware store. The gauge attaches to the outside of the water faucet and gives a reading of the water pressure when you turn on the spigot.
Adjust Water Pressure
There is a water-pressure regulator between your home and the main supply. To raise or lower the pressure, you need to know where the regulator is and how to adjust the pressure. It’s usually near the water main and has some kind of screwed-on cover hiding a wing nut or bolt. Carefully monitor the new pressure, however.
Check For Hidden Leaks
Hidden leaks will worsen as time goes on and can cause catastrophic plumbing problems to your home due to structural damage. Check your meter for excess usage and regularly check all indoor and outdoor spigots. It’s always best not to wait until you develop worse plumbing problems and remain proactive about finding and stopping minor leaks as early as possible.
Change or Tighten a Toilet Seat
There are two bolts between the seat and toilet bowl that are usually covered. Remove the covers and loosen them to remove and replace the seat, or tighten them to securely fasten a loose seat.
Change Out a Shower Head
Customization in the bathroom is easy when you swap out the shower head. They can be more efficient or simply offer more features than the stock shower head. They are easy to replace, needing some common pliers and potentially some thread-seal tape.
Fix a Leaky Faucet
It’s not uncommon for a home to develop faucets that drip or leak a bit. The first step is an easy fix because most of the time they simply need a new O-ring or washer, which are the rubber seals beneath the spigot base and each of the knobs. Turn the water to the sink off, then stuff a rag in the drain so you don’t lose any pieces. Loosen the sink assembly and look for dried or chipped washers. Take the old ones to your favorite hardware store and buy replacements that fit your sink.
Find Individual Cut-Off Valves
Washers, toilets and sinks have individual cut-off valves to prevent the flow of water to the specific appliance. Know where to find them and how to shut them off to stop the water and prevent plumbing problems from worsening. They usually go behind the appliance, near the wall.
Prevent Frozen Spigots
Winterizing your home is important, even in places like Dallas. A cold front can freeze the water in your pipes and cause significant damage to the plumbing. Developing these plumbing problems can be extremely expensive, so make sure to follow proper steps in order to keep the spigots and pipes from freezing. You can even have a professional plumber install a freeze-proof spigot!
Don’t allow your plumbing problems to worsen over time. C & C Slab Leaks and Plumbing is your Top Rated Local® Plumber right here in Dallas, so give us a call today and let us protect your home!