5 Things Every Homeowner Needs to Know About Plumbing

These five plumbing tips from Bob Oates Sewer & Rooter will help owners locate plumbing problems. The tips take little time to implement and are free or cost only a few dollars.

Clogged Sewer

Fixing a backed-up sewer can be an expensive and labor-intensive project. The sewer pipe that runs from the house to the city sewer lines is the homeowner’s responsibility to fix if it’s broken or clogged. It’s not unusual for roots to grow into pipe seams and clog a sewer pipe.

A plumber using video technology can locate exactly where the problem is occurring. This plumbing video device will locate which section of the sewer line is clogged so that only that bad part is replaced rather than the entire line. Bob Oates Sewer & Rooter does this service for free, and it will save a significant amount of money.

Faucet Leak

A dripping faucet is a plumbing problem that most homeowners can fix for a few pennies. The cause of a drippy faucet is usually a worn-out washer under the handle. Homeowners can replace this washer by turning off the water supply, unscrewing the water handle and lifting the assembly out. Buy new washers at the hardware store, replace them and screw the water handle back into the faucet base. No more leaks.

Toilet Leaks

A gurgling toilet or water running into the bowl is a sign of a toilet leak. Adding a few drops of food coloring to the tank will show the homeowner where the leak is. Colored water running into the bowl is a sign of a leaky tank flapper. If the water is showing in back of the bowl, that’s a bad seal between the bowl and tank. Water on the floor is an indicator of a failing wax ring that mounts the toilet to the floor. If the handle must be jiggled to stop water from running into the bowl, that’s a sign of the flapper not seating properly on the flapper seat.

Frozen Water Pipes

Water freezing in a copper pipe can break the pipe. A cracked pipe can allow hundreds of gallons of water to escape and ruin walls and floors. Water pipes running under the home are most susceptible to freezing. Pipe insulation can be easily installed in a few minutes. Heat tape is more expensive but will prevent water leaks.

Plumbing is a Skill

Watching a home improvement program on TV where the homeowner builds a complex plumbing solution in 30 minutes is not reality. A homeowner needs to understand how to join pipes to make them leak-proof, how to build a proper trap and what is code compliant. Bob Oates Sewer & Rooter can answer plumbing questions and help homeowners do plumbing right

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