Plumbing Jobs You Shouldn’t Tackle On Your Own

PlumbingJobs_5.24.16With so many videos and tutorials online teaching you how to handle common home repairs and upgrades, a lot of Firestone homeowners are becoming more confident to tackle at-home projects, including Firestone plumbing jobs. While DIY projects are a great opportunity to learn and improve your skill set, there are certain tasks you should never do yourself.

Plumbing problems in Firestone Colorado can get out of hand fast, especially if you don’t know what you’re doing. Here are 3 plumbing projects that only professionals should handle.

Installing and repairing septic tanks

Some of you might be tempted to address the problem because of the strong odor it emits, but please try to resist the urge to do so. This can pose health hazards.

Gas line plumbing

It is best to call in a pro if your plumbing job includes working with a gas heater. Never attempt to fix any gas problem yourself. Working with gas is extremely dangerous. There is a reason why plumbers undergo several trainings. Safety is a big part of it.

Gas fittings should be tight or the consequences could be explosive. The last thing you want is to start a fire in your home.

Bathroom remodelling

Most home buyers are interested in homes with updated bathrooms. Bathroom remodeling projects in Firestone can help boost your home’s resale value and will give you a good return on investment when it’s time to sell. But if not done properly, it can drain money from your bank account. This task should be left to experienced professionals.

Replacing old piping

This may seem like an easy task, but it’s actually a lot more complicated than you think. Replacing old piping will require you to remove old pipes before installing the new ones. In some cases, you may need to weld copper pipes with an acetylene torch. For obvious reasons, it is best to leave this task to a professional.

In need of a plumber that can get your plumbing problems repaired correctly, safely and quickly? Paradigm Plumbing is here to help. Call us today to schedule an appointment.

 

How to Fix a Leaky Faucet

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The average faucet usually lasts for about 15 years, but your faucet will start to leak eventually. Don’t ignore that leaking faucet in your bathroom or kitchen. Even a small leak of just 10 drops per minute can waste a significant amount of water over time. Not only that, it can also cause high water bills. Fortunately, a leaky faucet is usually a snap to fix, even for an occasional DIYer.

In this blog post, we’ll teach you how to fix a leaky faucet in just a few easy steps.

Turn off the water

This is the first thing you should do when fixing a leaky faucet. The shut off valve will most likely be under the sink. If there are no valves underneath the sink, turn off the main water supply. Turn on the faucet and let the water drain out.

Remove the handle

Pop off the decorative cap that covers the knob. Remove the screw that is holding the handle in place. Then, lift off the handle. A simple prying with a flat-head screwdriver will do the job.

Once the handle is removed, you’ll have access to the nut that is holding the stem to the washer. Loosen and remove the nut with the help of an adjustable wrench. This will expose the rest of the stem.

Examine the screw, nut and stem. Replace if damaged. Lubricate the threads of the stem while you’re at it.

Replace the washer

If everything is intact, the washer is probably the reason why your faucet leaks. Remove the old washer and replace it with a new one.

Washers vary in size. Be sure to bring your old washer when buying a new one to make sure that you get the correct size.

Reassemble the faucet

Reassemble the parts in reverse order once repairs are complete. Reinstall the stem, bonnet nut, handle and then the decorative cap. Turn the water back on. Leaks should be fixed by now.

 

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