When people think of home warranties, they usually think of major appliances. However, the right home warranty plan can also cover all the major systems that keep your house running. This includes plumbing systems.
Leaky pipes, clogged drains, and other plumbing problems are bound to happen during your time as a homeowner. Eventually, we all run into issues with bathtubs, sinks, toilets, and the pipes in between.
Sometimes a clog is especially troublesome and there’s simply nothing left to do but call a plumber. Leaks are often even worse and cause serious home damage if not handled right away. They are inconveniences that can wind up wreaking havoc on your home (and your savings) when you least expect it.
Luckily, your home warranty can cover your plumbing system. Select Home Warranty is here to shield your wallet from costly repairs and replacements, including plumbing leaks and clogs.
Do-It-Yourself Plumbing Tips
A lot of small plumbing issues can be solved with some DIY knowledge. Here are a few tips and tricks that allow for quick fixes to your plumbing headaches.
Know How To Shut Off Your Gas And Water
Leaky gas and water pipes can end up causing a lot of damage. Knowing where the main shut-off switch is for these two lines and how to shut them off when you need to can save you from costly damages.
Try The “Bucket Flush”
If the toilet isn’t refilling water into the bowl, you can fill a bucket and use that water to flush. This will work in emergency cases. Just be warned: this works for one flush and will not refill the bowl.
Use Strainers In Kitchen And Bathroom Drains
Food is the main culprit for kitchen sink clogs, while hair is the bathroom sink and shower’s worst enemy. Using strainers in these drains can help prevent clogs and make for easy clean up every few days.
Use A Wet/Dry Vac For Fallen Items The Toilet
We know more than a few of you have dropped something down there, be it a toothbrush, comb, or some other object. Using a plunger could end up pushing hard objects further down the line. In this case, a wet/dry vacuum can be used to suck up water and the lost item.
Try Pipe Insulation For A Tangled Kitchen Sprayer
If it feels like your kitchen sink sprayer is getting caught every time you try to remove it, that’s probably because the line is getting snagged on the shut off valve. You can fix this issue by wrapping the pipes and shut-off handle in pipe insulation.
What To Do About Clogged Drains?
The first step for a clearing a clogged drain is to try yourself with a few tools and a bit of elbow grease. There’s more than one method of how to unclog a drain.
Follow these steps before placing your claim:
- Plunge the drain.
- Use liquid plumber.
- Try baking soda, vinegar, salt and boiling water.
- Use a drain snake.
It can be a frustrating experience, and that’s why you have home warranty coverage. On the other hand, using your home warranty and waiting for a plumber can be equally frustrating if the clog could be easily fixed on your own.
These steps will cover all the best ways to clear your clogged drain, but if you’re still having a problem, it’s time to place a claim. With a Select home warranty, so long as your claim is placed after 30 days from purchasing your home warranty contract, you’ll just have to pay a day-of service fee to the technician.
Plumbing Problems A Home Warranty Can Solve
These minor issues listed above, and others such as clogged drains, can be fixed on your own without too much fuss. Sometimes these minor headaches are signs of larger problems with your home plumbing system. If you run into bigger complications, a home warranty could end up saving the day.
Clogged Sinks, Tubs, Showers, And Toilets
These are some of the most common plumbing issues that occur in the home. Most of the time, you can fix these issues by yourself without the need for outside help. In some instances, however, the damage might be more extensive than it first appears.
Select Home Warranty coverage will not only help with the costs of repairs; we can also find you the right professional for the job.
Broken Faucets, Shower Heads, And Valves
Broken plumbing hardware is a bigger issue that not everyone may have the know-how to handle themselves. In these situations, a home warranty will cover the cost of repairs and replacements.
Leaks And Breaks In Major Pipes
An issue with piping could be a serious burden for your home and your family. Anything from water and gas to drains and vent lines could suffer a leak or break.
Problems can occur in septic systems as well. These can be detrimental to your property and your wallet. Thankfully, Select Home Warranty covers septic systems and sump pumps, too.
We also offer additional coverage on other areas related to your water lines, including spas, pools, and sprinkler systems.
Are plumbing leaks and clogged drains flooding your peace of mind? Get a FREE quote for home warranty coverage now in just a few simple steps.