As a homeowner, it’s best to have a few handyman skills up your sleeve for when something goes wrong. While it’s important to call in professional help for big problems, there are some cases where a DIY fix will do the trick.
A slow-draining bathtub is about as terrible as one that doesn’t drain at all. A buildup of hair, soap or hard water minerals, as well as foreign objects, is often the cause of slow drains.
To fix this, use a drain snake to remove as much buildup as possible. Pour a mixture of ¼ cup of baking soda and 1 cup of vinegar into the drain. Let the mixture bubble and loosen the buildup before following with hot tap water.
If this doesn’t clear the problem and you’re unable to see what is causing the clog with a flashlight, it’s time to call a technician.
Weak water pressure can ruin a good shower and leave you feeling less clean. One solution is to take off your showerhead and soak it in vinegar to remove the limescale buildup.
If you still experience low pressure after this, it could be caused by a buildup in your pipes. This is when you’ll want to call a professional.
When your water pressure is fine but your water is coming out any color other than clear, you definitely have a problem. Most often, colored water indicates old pipes, rust or corrosion. If your water is an odd color, contact us at Gotelli Plumbing immediately to identify the reason and discuss the next steps you should take.
Noisy pipes when running your bath or shower can come from loose valves, loose support straps, high water pressure and more. In any case, you’ll want to fix it as soon as you can to prevent more problems.
If you hear noise from your pipes and your water doesn’t seem to get hot the way it used to, you might need to adjust your mixing valve or schedule a tune-up for your water heater. However, doing so without a professional’s help can be dangerous. To keep yourself safe and get your system running as it should, please call us at Gotelli Plumbing.
A shower head or tub faucet that is always dripping is not only annoying but can also cause permanent damage if left untreated. Make sure your shower head is on tight and your diverter valve is completely down when you aren’t using the shower.
Another reason for dripping faucets could be that your water pressure is too high. It could also be that water in your pipes is not draining properly. Call our team to help assess this problem.
You can prevent many tub and shower plumbing problems with yearly preventative maintenance. If you’re in need of maintenance, repair or a professional opinion, call us at Gotelli Plumbing today.