Plumbing Tips From the Experts in San Pedro
Mend a Leaking or Broken Pipe
- Turn off the main shutoff valve to stop water from damaging the area.
- Make short-term repairs to halt the leak. A piece of bicycle inner tube or garden hose with a hose clamp around it will allow you to turn the water on briefly, until a plumber arrives.
- The pipe will have to be changed as soon as it's expedient to do so.
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Fix a Faucet That Will Not Shut Off
- Instantly turn off the water at the fixture shutoff valve underneath the sink.
- If there's no valve there, turn off the main shutoff.
- Repair the faucet or, if necessary, replace it.
Unclog a Stopped-Up Sink
- Shut off any faucet or appliance (such as the dishwasher) that's draining into the sink.
- Unclog the sink using a plunger or snake.
- DON'T use a chemical drain cleaner if the line is completely blocked.
Maintain Your Toilet When Faced With a Variety of Issues
If you are experiencing a noisy toilet, check for restricted water flow and a faulty ball-cock assembly. To mend your noisy toilet, do the following:
- Amend the shutoff valve first.
- Oil the trip lever or replace the ball-cock washers.
- Swap the entire ball-cock assembly.
- CAUTION: First turn off the water at the fixture shutoff valve. Then flush the toilet to empty the tank and sponge out any remaining water.
If you are experiencing a running toilet, check for:
- Float arm not rising high enough.
- Water-filled float ball.
- Tank stopper not seating properly.
- Corroded flush-valve seal.
- Cracked overflow tube.
- Ball-cock valve doesn't shut off.
Remedies for a running toilet include:
- Bend float arm down or away from tank wall.
- Replace ball.
- Adjust stopper guide rod and lift wires or chain.
- Replace defective stopper.
- Scour valve seat or replace it.
- Replace tube or install new flush valve assembly.
- Oil trip lever, replace faulty washers, or install new ball-cock assembly.