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Water leaks are among the most damaging problems homeowners can face. If unchecked, leakage causes structural deterioration, destroys carpeting or ceilings and damages furniture. When a plumbing issue arises, be prepared to contain potential damage with quick and decisive action, and make sure the phone number for your South Jersey plumbers is always at hand.

You can deal with a slow running drain by using a simple combination of baking soda and vinegar. Pour one-half cup of baking soda into the opening, and then follow it with one-half cup of white vinegar. Loosely cover the drain and wait a couple of hours before flushing the mixture through.

To maintain clean drainpipes, use an easy, odorless homemade formula once a week on all your drains. Combine a cup of baking soda, an equal amount of salt and one-fourth cup cream of tartar. Pour an eighth of the mixture into each drain, and follow it up right away with one cup of boiling water. Wait a few seconds and then flush the drain with cold tap water.

If you have a dripping faucet in your house, don't delay fixing it. A dripping faucet accounts for a surprising amount of wasted water. In most cases, the drip is the result of a worn washer. If you are moderately handy, you can fix it. First, turn off the water supply to the faucet. Homes with updated plumbing should have shutoff valves for every fixture.

Use a screwdriver to remove the screw that holds the faucet handle in place. It may be located beneath a plastic cap at the top of the handle.

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Unscrew the packing nut beneath with an adjustable or socket wrench, and then remove the spindle or stem of the handle assembly. Loosen the screw holding the rubber washer in place and remove the washer. Look it over for cracks or warping. Take it to your hardware store to get an exact match. Replace the washer and the assembly in reverse order. Turn the water back on and test the faucet to see if the problem is solved. If not, call your plumber for expert assistance.

A leaking or clogged showerhead affects the quality of your showering experience. If you notice stray sprays from the head or leaking around the rim where the head screws into the fixture, turn off the water. Unscrew the head and examine the sprayer holes. If some of them are clogged with hard water deposits or grit, use a needle to remove the debris. Check the rubber gasket around the rim of the showerhead for damage or warping, and replace it if necessary. Firmly screw the showerhead back in place and turn on the water to see if this solves the problem.

Often, you can save money by cleaning or making simple, do-it-yourself repairs to your household plumbing and fixtures. When an issue arises that is beyond your abilities, however, be sure to call in an expert. Trying to fix a plumbing problem without the necessary skills and knowledge can end up costing far more than paying a plumber to fix it correctly the first time.

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