Today we’re going to take a look at a topic that could save you from large amounts of water damage. We’re going to offer a mini crash course in tackling water issues if you can’t get ahold of the pros. Let’s learn the best ways for taking care of water issues by yourself, so your creek-sized problems don’t turn into an ocean.
Where are the professionals?
We want to prepare you in case you ever find yourself unable to get ahold of a professional water restoration company. There are many reasons a company might not be available. Because of the current state of events, it could be COVID-19 related. On the other hand, a company you’re trying to reach may simply have gone out of business. Or maybe their phone lines are down. Or it could be that because of a local, water-related problem (flooding, storms, etc.) they’re too swamped to take on more work.
Whatever the case may be, you know you can’t get ahold of the pros, so it’s time for you to get to work. Let’s explore what you can do to keep your house from becoming waterlogged.
Dealing with leaking or burst pipes
Leaking or burst pipes. Every homeowner’s nightmare. Especially when they go unnoticed. Because of the stealthiness of a leaking pipe, doing a routine check on your pipes is recommended. But what do you do when you have a leaking pipe and the pros aren’t around?
Depending on the severity of the leak, it may be a simple DIY fix. Yes, you read that right! You can fix your own leaky pipes. First things first, turn the water off at the main source. If for some reason you can’t turn off the water, use a pipe putty epoxy (or a piece of chewing gum) to stop the leak until you can offer a more permanent fix. But if you can shut off the water, do so because it will ensure that you won’t suffer from continued water leaking while you’re gone picking up replacement parts.
Find the measurements of your pipe (they’re normally written somewhere on the pipe), write them down, and head to town to pick out a new pipe at your local hardware store. If the water is still off when you return home, your next step is simple. Disconnect the pipes and replace the leaking pipe with your new one, and voila! Turn your water back on, and you should be leak-free. And you didn’t even have to call the pros.
Fixing a broken or leaking water heater
Everyone loves a hot shower. But what if every time you take a shower, your water heater leaks? Obviously your showers won’t be quite as enjoyable. First, if you think your water heater is leaking, you need to figure out where it’s leaking.
Look for wet fittings or other signs of wetness. Check the inlet and outlet, the drain valve, and the pressure relief valve. Any of these elements, and/or others, could be the culprit. Once you’ve found your leak, it’s time for action. We suggest having a professional fix your water heater, but there are some stopgap measures you can use until that time.
According to Angie’s List, these stopgap measures include pipe clamps, epoxy compounds, pipe wraps, and repair sleeves. Each of these can easily be used by you until you can get further help.
Repairing a kitchen faucet
Leaky faucets are a common, everyday occurrence. But they don’t have to be. DIY faucet fixes are among the easier projects for you to do, without the help of a professional. First, figure out where your leak is coming from. A few possible places are the faucet head, faucet handles, or the faucet base.
Turn off the water supply to the sink, cover your drains with a plate or rag, (so you don’t lose parts) and you’re ready to get to work. This article from Family Handyman guides you through the repairing process in an easy-to-understand way. Get to work ASAP, so you don’t have to put up with the annoying dripping anymore!
Repairing a running toilet
While toilets can sometimes run without a problem, they will occasionally overflow because of continued filling. And we all know what kind of problems that might cause. Fixing a running toilet is simple and won’t take you long at all.
First, you need to check the fill tube – the clear, flexible tube that runs from the fill valve to the toilet overflow tube. Make sure it’s firmly attached at both ends and doesn’t have a leak. Next, you can adjust the fill height by checking the float. Some water running problems happen simply because the float is stuck.
You’re almost done! Next, adjust the flush handle and flapper chain, and if your toilet is still running, replace the flapper. If at any time, you complete one of the 4 steps mentioned above, and your toilet stops running, there’s no need to go any farther. Your job here is done, and your toilet won’t run.
Keep an eye out
One of the best pieces of advice we can give you is to keep an eye on your pipes and other plumbing. Catching a leak early is one of the easiest ways to avoid needing to call the pros. When you’re done checking your pipes, keep an eye out for other unwanted home issues like mold or mildew. Discover how to find and identify mold in your bathroom.