Tips for a DIY Home Plumbing Inspection

Performing simple home plumbing inspections is a great way to prevent major damages to your home’s plumbing system! By doing some basic inspections, you can keep your toilets, sink, and faucets running smoothly which can also help to save you money on your next water bill. These home plumbing diagnostics are also a great way to encounter any serious plumbing problem early so that you can get a professional plumber to make any needed repairs quickly. Here are a few DIY home plumbing diagnostics that you can perform to keep your water bill down and your home’s plumbing system working efficiently. 

How to Fix a Running Toilet

A running toilet that won’t stop can cause you to incur high water bills. It’s important to fix the problem quickly, and not wait days to get to the bottom of it, because a constantly running toilet can lead to even greater problems. So, how to fix a running toilet? There are three common reasons as to why your toilet may be running without stopping:

  • The float height needs to be adjusted
  • The flapper needs to be replaced
  • The refill tube needs to be fixed

To check what’s happening to your running toilet, take off the back lid or cover and first look at the flapper. If the flapper is old and worn down, it won’t seal as it should and water will continue to pass from the tank to the toilet bowl. Replacing a flapper is simple. All you need to do is detach the old flapper from the chain taking it off of the pins on the side of the overflow tube. A new flapper can be found at any hardware store and should come with instructions on how to attach it. If your current flapper is still sealing properly, the problem might be coming from the float height. If the float height is too high, the tank can overfill and cause water to keep spilling into the bowl. To lower the float arm, all you have to do is loosen or tighten the screw until the float arm lowers. In some toilets with a column float, you may need to loosen the screw and then push the float down. If these two fixes don’t stop your toilet from running, check the refill tube. If the refill tube is too long or has moved out of place, it will always pump water into the bowl. If it has moved out of place, clip it to the side of the overflow tube to keep it in place. If it’s too long, pull the tube out, hold it just above the opening of the overflow, and trim it off there.

How to Find the Source of a Plumbing Leak

Determining the source of a plumbing leak can be a difficult task because the leak sometimes comes from pipes that are underground or behind walls. The first thing to do is to determine if you really do have a leak. To do this, shut off all of your appliances that are connected to the plumbing system, as well as faucets and toilets, and check the water meter. Note the number on the water meter and then come back about 4 hours later to check the number again. If it’s increased, you have a leak. 

What you can do without the help of a professional plumber is inspect the areas behind appliances, such as the washing machine and dishwasher, and look under sinks and around toilets as well. Check for any moisture or dripping along the pipes, as well as signs of corrosion. If there is any corrosion or damage to the fittings or valves, these pieces may need to be replaced to stop the leak. If you notice water damage to the walls, ceilings, or floors around these appliances, the leak may be coming from a pipe inside of the wall and you’ll need the help of a professional plumber to fix it. 

Call SmartTech Plumbing for Professional Plumbing Support

If you just can’t figure out how to stop the leak or fix the plumbing problem on your own, call our team of professional commercial and residential plumbers at 706-786-6974. We’ll come quickly and assess the problem to determine what the repair or replacement needs are. It’s important to call a professional as soon as possible so that you don’t experience a surge in your water bill and so that the problem doesn’t get worse. Call SmartTech Plumbing today!


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