Many aspects of plumbing work, like hot water systems and anything that involves both water and electricity, should be left to professional plumbers, but there are many small plumbing tasks that you can take care of by yourself with just a few basic tools.
By managing these minor jobs yourself, you can save yourself money and enjoy the benefits of a healthier plumbing system, plus you’ll accumulate experience that helps you to more easily diagnose plumbing problems before they become plumbing emergencies.
Turn Off the Mains
Before unscrewing faucets, replacing parts on the toilet or doing any kind of plumbing repairs at all, turn off the mains first. This is the first step to take!
Running Toilets are Easily Fixed
Running toilets are usually caused by a faulty part or the incorrect placement of the fill valve.
Blocked Toilets Can Be Fixed with a Plunger
Buy a plunger from your local hardware store. Quite often this is the only tool you need to fix a blocked toilet, plus it will often help with blocked drains.
Call a Plumber When in Doubt
If there’s something you’re not sure of and it looks like you could find yourself in over your head if something goes wrong, call a plumber. If you would like more information about plumbing services, click here. Professional plumbers perform numerous plumbing tasks that beginners shouldn’t try their hand at.
Natural Alternatives to Drain Cleaners
Drain cleaners are terrible for the environment but there are natural alternatives, including baking soda and vinegar, which is an excellent, completely natural means of unblocking drains.
Check Local Codes
Plumbing regulations often differ between states, so check your local plumbing code before carrying out plumbing work.
PVC and CPVC Pipes Are Not the Same
These are two of the most common pipe types used in plumbing systems. Know the difference before heading to the local hardware store or you could purchase the wrong type of pipe.
Apply a Primer Before Gluing
Always apply a primer before gluing as this properly prepares the area.
Get the Right Diameter
Different drains and pipes have different diameter requirements. Make sure you get the right one.
Three Causes of Low Water Pressure
Leaky faucets, blocked pipes and clogged aerators are the three main causes of low water pressure.
Leaky Faucets are Easily Fixed
All you need are a few simple tools and the right washer, rubber seal or O-ring from the local hardware store. Fixing leaky faucets yourself can save you money on home maintenance.
Never Try to Fix Systems Involving Both Water and Electricity
It was mentioned earlier and it needs to be mentioned again – never try to fix systems, like hot water systems, that use both water and electricity. These systems should be left to the experts, so if you have a problem with your system, whether solar, gas or electricity, call a professional plumber.
Save yourself time and money with these handy beginner plumbing tips!