Carrollton Plumbing Tips For Homeowners
Homeowners in Carrollton know that a plumbing issue can pop up without warning. But that’s no reason to panic. In fact, fixing plumbing issues (or at least handling little ones until a master plumber can get to it) has been on the need-to-to list of many Carrollton residents since plumbing has been around. It only takes a bit of simple know-how, some preperation and a few items from around the house to fix a clogged drain or pipe, or stop a leaky toilet or faucet. Knowing what to do when the water starts flowing can save money and frustration.
First, everyone needs to know where the main shut-off valve for the home is located. If you know where your water meter is, the main shut-off valve is usually located near it. For anyone using well water, the shut off is most likely located near the well-pump, usually in the well house. Finding the shut-off valve should be the first thing you do when moving into a new house. And though in most plumbing emergencies shutting off the main valve won’t be necessary, it doesn’t hurt to be prepared with this information.
Similarly, knowing how to shut off the water supply to individual faucets and fixtures is critical. Isolating the water to each outlet will not only stop the flow of water leaks, but will also allow you to temporarily fix it until an expert plumber arrives. In a perfect world, these valves should be inspected once a year, and turned from on to off to make sure they are in working order, in case of emergency.
Everybody needs to know how to fix a clogged or overflowing toilet. This is perhaps the most common problem in Carrollton homes. When a toilet is approaching the point of overflow, turn the cold water on in a nearby sink or bathtub to reduce the toilet’s water use. From there, locate the shut off valve to the toilet that is usually located directly behind the toilet. With the water supply off, you’ll then be able to work on draining the toilet with a hardware store plunger without worrying about a continuous flow of water dripping onto your floor.
If you have a leaking faucet, its important to fix it before it drains your bank account. Dripping faucets can cost you lots of money a year if they are left as is. And fixing it could be as simple as replacing an o-ring, or taking it a part, cleaning it, and reassembling it (be sure to turn the water off beforehand). If you are unable to fix the faucet, simply turning off the valve and calling a licensed Carrollton plumber can also do the trick. Tip: a sink’s shut off valve is usually located under the vanity; a bathtub’s are usually located behind an access panel, and often will require you to shut off both hot and cold.
If these tips don’t do the trick or the job turns into a bigger problem, be sure to have the contact information of a trusted and reliable plumber handy! Signature Plumbing In Plano offers the fast, professional and friendly service you’ve come to rely on. Having a plumbing or heating problem? We’ll bend over backwards to make it right. You can call us today at 214-918-1075