3 Common Plumbing Problems That Are Simple To Fix

Plumbing issues – whether small or complex – can bring even the most basic household functions to a screeching halt. Whether it’s a clogged toilet or drain or a leaky faucet, these common household problems are important ones to be aware of and to know how to fix.

1. Toilet Overflowing

An overflowing toilet is caused by a clog somewhere. Remember: never flush foreign objects down the toilet as they can plug the pipes and cause problems. If you do have an overflowing toilet, reach down and turn off the water to the toilet to make sure that water doesn’t continue to flow out. Once that’s done, use a plunger with a tapered shape to plunge whatever is clogging the toilet. After it’s removed, flush the toilet to make sure everything is working correctly again.

2. No Hot Water

Having no hot water is a pretty obvious problem; however, there are a few other signs that can alert you to this issue: an odor of rotten eggs, rust colored water, and a high pitched whining. Depending on the type of water heater you have (tank-less, electric, or gas), you’ll need to disconnect the power to the water heater, shut off the water supply, and have a look at the water heater to determine the specific root of the problem.

3. Having a Leaky Faucet or Pipe

While a leaky faucet may not be the end of the world, even the smallest of leaks can cause a huge waste in water. And if you aren’t aware of a household leak, that could be even more of an issue.

A quick and easy way to tell if you have an unseen household leak is to turn off all faucets and appliances that use water (better if you do this at night before going to sleep). Check your water meter and write down the number it shows. Let eight hours pass and then check the meter again – if the number has changed, you’ve probably got a leak.

Check out this short video to learn how to fix a leaky shower head:

Even small plumbing problems can add up to a big headache if you don’t have the time or know-how to deal with them. The experts at Handyman Matters can help you tackle these types of plumbing problems quickly and easily. Call us at 1-866-FIX-MY- HOME to schedule an appointment today or enter your zip code above to find a location near you!

DIY Projects to Rejuvenate your Lawn

Homeowners are always looking for ways to improve the look and the value of their home. One of the quickest ways to do this is to spruce up your yard by investing in a little landscaping. Luckily, this is one of the most DIY-friendly home projects that you can find. So grab your gardening tools and a floppy hat and get ready to rejuvenate your lawn with these 5 tips.

1. Choose a Focal Point

Maybe the focal point is your front door, or maybe it’s an apple tree in the front yard. Whatever it is, design your landscaping around a focal point to bring all of the elements (flowers, plants, ornaments, lighting) together in a cohesive and appealing manner.

2. Create an Inviting Gathering Area

Gazebos and pergolas are popular ways to create an outdoor gathering area, aside from a patio or deck. These can be purchased at most home improvement stores or can be built from scratch. Adding ivy or other types of plants and flowers will give it a more warm and inviting feel.

3. Use Stepping Stones to Create a Walking Path

Having a path that leads to the front door or that winds through a garden in your yard can be a great way to create a cozy and inviting appearance. These easy-to-use stones are cost-effective (some are less than $20!) and can be laid in a matter of hours.

4. Use Plants for Privacy

Most homeowners have some type of plant or flowers adorning their yard, but not many use them to their advantage. Create the element of privacy by mounding soil in your backyard and planting on raised beds. By doing this, taller plants will create a wall of privacy, and smaller to medium sized plants will be closer to eye level and more easily seen.

5. Use Concrete Ornaments

Concrete and other types of lawn ornaments are easy to maintain and can add a bit of color and personality to your yard. These range from simple concrete spheres to garden edging that’s designed to keep in flower beds and also create an organized area for plants and gardens. Call Handyman Matters today at 1-866-FIX-MY-HOME for all of your exterior projects or enter your zip code above to find a location near you!