Plumbing Basics Every Homeowner Should Know

Using a plunger

Owning a home means you’re bound to deal with plumbing issues at some point or another, so knowing some plumbing basics for homeowners may help you out during the occasional leak or water problem. The BrickKicker has compiled our top DIY plumbing basics you should know to keep your home dry and flowing properly. 

DIY Plumbing Basics You Should Know 

Calling a plumber can be expensive, especially when there are DIY plumbing basics that may answer some of your questions without picking up the phone. To save yourself money and headache, there are many basic plumbing tips every homeowner should know, but the first step is locating a variety of plumbing components. 

Homeowners should know where to find your: 

  • Water main: You’ll need to turn off your water to perform any plumbing fix, so knowing where to find your water main is a crucial first step. 
  • Main sewer line clean out: This pipe is the exit route for your home’s water supply, and may require occasional maintenance to keep it clear and blockage free. Usually located near your property line, you may also find it in the basement. 
  • Water supply valves: Appliances, sinks, and toilets will each have their own water supply valve to turn off water in their precise areas. 

Once you know where these systems are located, you can attempt a variety of DIY plumbing basics. 

How to Clear a Clogged Toilet

Clogged toilets are very common, but luckily an easy DIY plumbing fix! 

  1. Place a plunger in the bowl and push down several times. In most cases, the pressure will push through the clog. 
  2. If that doesn’t work, you can add some hot water to the bowl to break down the obstruction. 
  3. You may need to give it several tries before unclogging. 

How to Clean a Shower Head 

If you’re experiencing low water pressure in your shower, the shower head needs a good cleaning. 

  1. Pour vinegar into a plastic bag, then submerge the shower head in the bag, securing the bag at the top and leaving to sit overnight. 
  2. Remove the bag in the morning and run your shower normally. 
  3. If the low pressure persists, try using a toothpick to scrape through mineral deposits in the jets. 

How to Stop a Running Toilet 

One of the most frequently used plumbing basics for homeowners is knowing how to stop a toilet that keeps running. 

  1. Start by removing the tank lid. You’ll see the plunger level is connected via a chain to the flushing mechanism. If the chain is disconnected, reach in and try to reconnect. 
  2. If the chain is broken, or if the plastic float is not working, you can purchase DIY repair kits at your local home improvement store.
  3. The kits contain easy-to-follow instructions and can be completed in less than an hour. 

Keep Up With The BrickKicker for Plumbing Basics and More! 

The BrickKicker helps you maintain your home with basic plumbing tips every homeowner should know and more, but should you find a plumbing problem that requires more expertise,  contact us for home inspections you can trust.

The BrickKicker COVID-19 Response 

The outbreak of COVID-19 has impacted businesses and markets all across the globe.

At The BrickKicker, our reputation has continued to stand tall during these times of uncertainty just as it has over the last 30 years. We continue to strive for highest regards to transparency and reliability, ensuring our customers will continue to count on us. With that, it is important for us to share how we are managing our business during these uncertain times.

First and foremost, we will continue to be laser focused on monitoring all WHO, CDC & DOC broadcasts to a) guarantee The BrickKicker is contributing to keeping our community safe & healthy and b) to take advantage of additional resources available to offer comfort to our employees and clients alike.

Our team at The BrickKicker will remain committed to delivering full operational support throughout the weeks and months ahead. For the continued safety of all our employees and staff, we are still asking to keep the number of those attending the inspection to a bare minimum, if any at all. Our inspectors are equipped with SentriLock access (with proper agent approval) and take plenty of photos during the inspection to produce a very detailed report. Oh, and no need need to be a worry of missing valuable information or stress over deadlines, our team is great about getting the reports out within 24 hours or often the same day.

Each inspector will be disinfecting all tools, self and vehicles after each inspection and may even wear gloves and masks on sight. This will help ensure we minimize the spread of this disease as much as possible.

In addition, our staff is fully available as if we never shut down, via phone or website to answer any questions that come up once reviewing the inspection report. The inspection is often an educational session, we must not lose sight of this. To make things as efficient and safe as possible, our inspection agreement and payment can be made electronically, via the confirmation email that went out upon booking.

We wish to remind our clients that we have a full service team supporting all your needs and it is the strength of our team that will allow us to continue to maintain our high service levels in the months ahead.

In fact, The BrickKicker isn’t stopping here to service our customers during this difficult time. We have expanded our availability and will assist with pricing concerns as they arise in order to keep services going. 

Despite taking all precautions, we strongly recommend our clients to contact us in regards to changing inspection dates in the short term, and to provide us with any questions they have up front so that we can ensure all gets answered by the time the report is delivered.

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