Plumbing Issues You Can Fix Without A Plumber

Do you need to call a plumber? Obviously, we would love for our phone to be ringing off the hook. However, there are a few plumbing related issues that you can fix fairly  quickly and easily. Also, for the major issues, there are a few things you can do to keep the situation under control until a plumber arrives at your house. Let’s dive in!

Running Toilet

There are numerous ways to troubleshoot a running toilet. In fact, we wrote a whole blog post on it! However, in most cases, you can fix a running toilet by just adjusting the fill valve. Just adjust the float in the tank to about one inch below the top of the overflow tube and you’ll be all set.

Clogged Drain

Clogged drains can be tough. They can also be pretty smelly if you’ve got a few days worth of food stuck in your garbage disposal. Depending on where the clogged drain is, it can be an easy fix. If it’s in your kitchen sink you, you’ll need  a plumber. If it’s a bathtub, you can use a snake. If you try these things and it still isn’t coming undone, please give us a call.

Fixture Installations

Fixture installations can be fairly easy. There’s no need to call a plumber to change a showerhead. If you’re doing a major bathroom renovation, or even just putting in a new toilet or a new sink, give us a call first. These installations can get tricky for even the most skilled DIY’er.

Frozen Pipes

Have you ever tried to  turn on your shower, or wash your hands in the bathroom sink and the water doesn’t turn on? You probably got pretty frustrated, didn’t you? If you’re lucky, the city simply turned the water off for a brief period and you’re   up and running shortly.

However, if you’re unlucky and your pipes are frozen, the easiest way to thaw those pipes is to get underneath where the pipes are and use a hair dryer. Once they thaw, make sure you apply some heat tape. Of course, the easiest way to prevent your pipes from freezing is to leave the faucets dripping slowly throughout the night.It sounds expensive, but it’s truly a small price to pay to avoid  having to go out in sub-freezing temperatures with a hair dryer.

For Everything Else

When in doubt, give us a call at Terry’s Plumbing! As your reputable plumber in Pittsburgh, we can help you make your bathroom more like a spa in the coming year. Call today at 412-364-9114.