It doesn't matter if you are living in a new house or an old one, a small apartment or a huge mansion, or working in a small office or a big corporate setup, there comes a time when you have to face different plumbing defects. Sometimes, the situation becomes so complicated that you require the services of an expert residential and commercial plumbers in Edmonton or in your local area.

Most of the time, it's easy to repair broken faucets or pipes on your own if you have prior experience of fixing such issues. If you are going to start such a project, don't forget to stop the water supply first, as it can create difficulties in servicing the plumbing system.

Following are some of the easy plumbing hacks that will save you both time and money:

Fixing Faucet Leaks

A leaky faucet is one of the most common plumbing issues that arise mainly due to wearing out of the inner components of the faucet like a worn-out washer.

For fixing a compression faucet, remove the cap and screw from the handle, and pull off the handle afterwards. Then, it would help if you used a crescent wrench to unfasten the packing nut after unscrewing the stem, separate and replace the seat washer. In the end, unlock the stem from the packing nut and replace the leak-causing O-Ring.

To fix a ball-type faucet, replacing the old parts with the new ones is the best option. Unfasten the screw from the handle set and remove the handle altogether. Then, you should remove the cap and collar with the help of pliers followed by the loosening of the faucet cam. Unfasten the faucet cam, washer, and the rotating ball. Unfasten the inlet springs and seals from the faucet body by using needle-nose pliers. Remove the O-Rings and place the new ones in their place. In the end, install the new springs, cam washers, and valve seats while you are reassembling the faucet.

Unclogging the Sink

You might be amazed to know that there is a method to successfully clear major clogs present in your residential or commercial plumbing apparatus without causing damage to them. First things first, clear your bathtub, drain, or sink from any stuck food items or any other clogging materials present in them. Then, you have to pour down almost half a bucket of hot water down the drain. Now, pour a quarter to a half a cup of baking soda and also a hot cup of vinegar in it. Wait for about ten minutes, and pour another bucket of warm water down the drain later. This small activity should help in unclogging the sink.

Removing Pipe Leaks

Detach the leaky pipe connection using an appropriate wrench. Now, wrap Teflon tape on the pipe's threads. After that, reconnect both pipes end by using a suitable spanner. After carefully connecting the pipes, make sure the connection is tighter than it was before, which will prevent any possible pipe leaks.

Thawing Frozen Pipes

Frozen pipes are a commonly observed issue with most of the residential plumbing systems. During the extreme winter season, water inside pipes freezes, which results in the expansion of the pipes, ultimately leading to cracking in the pipes. If you are also experiencing this problem, first of all, locate the frozen pipe and look for any possible crack sites. Start the thawing procedure in case there is no damage.

Get a towel soaked in hot water and remove all the excess water from by squeezing it right, then wrap that hot towel around the frozen pipe. Take a dryer and blow air on the frozen parts of the pipe. Keep the hot towel wrapped around the pipe and keep blowing the dryer's air for best thawing results.

These are some of the easy plumbing hacks that will help you keep your house or office plumbing systems running smoothly. In case of complex issues, hire the services of professional plumbers in your surrounding area so that they can repair and maintain your plumbing apparatus in the best possible way.

Author's Bio: 

Brayan Orion is a blogger and industrial mechanic. He has over 15 years of experience in plumbing, industrial machinery maintenance and in other technical services. Follow him for guides and tips on technical topics