When you realize that you've got a plumbing problem in your home, it's common sense that your first instinct should be to call a licensed plumber to handle the situation. After all, a minor issue with your pipes, fixtures or water supply can quickly turn into something major if it's handled incorrectly. On the other hand, there's no harm in taking a look at a non-emergency situation and seeing if you can tackle it yourself. While many household jobs are best left to a professional, a handful are often safe to tackle with the right approach. Here are three problems that you can often fix yourself.
Inconsistent Shower Pressure
Over time, mineral deposits from your water can clog the shower head, which results in an inconsistent spray. If you look closely at the shower head while the water is on and find that certain holes appear blocked, carefully unscrew the head of the fixture from the pipe that protrudes from the wall. You don't have to shut off the water supply for this job. Place the shower head in a large bowl and soak it with a calcium deposit remover, which is commonly available at general merchandise stores and home improvement stores. After five minutes, wipe off the shower head, screw it back on the pipe and check if the flow has improved. If not, repeat the process.
Clogged Bathroom Sink
Although some clogged drains can be serious, a slow-draining bathroom sink is often easy to fix yourself. Unscrew or pull out the stopper and insert a plastic drain snake, which is a long, thin device with plastic barbs along its length. Push the snake as far into the drain as you can and then slowly pull it out. The barbs will catch clumps of hair and other debris that have been blocking the drain. Repeat this process until the snake comes out mostly clean. Replace the stopper and check how quickly the water drains.
A dripping faucet isn't a major problem, but it can be a major annoyance due to the constant "drip-drip" noise. Often, this project takes only a couple minute to address. Unscrew the tip of the faucet and check the condition of the rubber washer inside. Over time, these washers can deteriorate to the point that they're no longer forming a seal. If it appears warped, rotten or otherwise damaged, remove it. Buy a replacement washer at a home improvement store for less than a dollar and slip the replacement into place. Screw the tip of the faucet back in and you'll likely see an immediate stop to the dripping.
To learn more, contact a plumbing company like Trenchless Pipe Technologies.