If you are a homeowners, then there is a good chance that you have been faced with a plumbing problem at some point that you did not know how to resolve. Perhaps your bathroom sink was clogged, or your toilet had a leaky tank. Making things even worse is hiring a plumber, only to see that what the plumber did was so simple you could have done the same thing if you had known what to do. Fortunately, there is help for homeowners in the form of “Plumbing For Dummies”.
This is book that helps with common plumbing problems that you can solve yourself. Below are a few examples of what you will find in “Plumbing For Dummies”.
Unclog A Drain Using A Plunger:
1. You will need to remove the sink’s stopper if there is one before you proceed. If your sink also has a pivot rod, remove this, too.
2. Next you will need to block the overflow hole if your sink has one. You can simply stuff a rag into the hole. The reason for this is to help build up suction when you use the plunger.
3. Place your plunger directly over the sink. There needs to be enough water in the sink to cover at least half-way up your plunger. If there isn’t enough water, add some. This will help ensure that your plunger has a tight seal.
4. Carefully push down on the plunger until it touches the drain, then sharply pull it back up. Be careful to not break the seal. Repeat several times. Caution – If you previously used chemicals to try and clear the blockage, wear safety goggles so that you do not accidentally splash the chemicals in your eyes.
5. Push down again on the plunger, but this time break the seal when you pull up. If you were successful, water will start to go down. If you were not, try steps four and five again. If you try several times without success, you will either need to try a plumber’s snake or call a professional.
6. If possible, pull out any of the blockage. If you used chemicals, wear gloves before touching it to prevent injury.
Clean Your Water Heater:
1. Turn off power to your heater. Remove the cold water hose or supply line at the top of your heater. Remove the nipple that is screwed into the port.
2. Clean the tank by pouring a citric and acid based cleaner into the opened hole. Wait about eight hours for the cleaner to break down and dissolve the minerals within.
3. Use a garden hose to connect to the drain valve located at the bottom of the heater. Run the hose into your garden or lawn.
4. Open your heater’s drain valve, reconnect the supply line for cold water, and turn the cold water supply back on.
5. Let the water drain through the hose until it runs clear. Remove the hose.
6. Turn on the hot water for the faucet farthest away from your heater to bleed out air until you see water, then repeat with all other faucets.
7. Turn the power back on to your water heater.
These are just two examples of the help you will find in the “Plumbing For Dummies” book. With this book at your side you can tackle most plumbing problems you may encounter.