DIY plumbing can be a great way to save money, and it is also a great way to learn more about your home’s plumbing system.
This article discusses some of the most common plumbing issues that homeowners face and instructions on how to make repairs yourself.
Faulty Faucet DIY Plumbing Tips
A leaky faucet is a common problem that DIYers can usually fix.
The first thing to look at is the O-ring, which means you’ll need first to turn off the water supply. Screw the handle off or open it gently using a screwdriver to get into the tap. Once you have access to the O-ring, remove it and take it to your local hardware store to find the exact replacement.
In addition to replacing the O-ring, you should also consider replacing the aerator every couple of years. The aerator is what provides a steady stream of water from your faucet, and over time it can become clogged with mineral deposits and debris.
Problems with the Toilet
A toilet that won’t flush properly is frustrating, and waiting for a plumber is not always possible. First, check if anything is blocking the toilet’s flapper valve. This valve is located at the bottom of the tank and controls water flow into the bowl. Removing any blockage should encourage the water to flow normally again.
If nothing was blocking the flapper valve or the toilet is still not flushing correctly, the float arm may need to be adjusted. The float arm tells the fill valve to stop adding water to the tank. If the float arm is set too low, not enough water will enter the bowl, and the toilet will not flush properly. To adjust the float arm, bend it slightly until the water level is where it needs to be.
Clog in the Drain
Clogged drains happen over time but are not usually noticed until water stops draining correctly. Clogs are caused by a build-up of hair, soap scum, and other debris.
A quick and efficient way to clear a clog is to use a drain cleaner. This cleaner will break down the substances that are causing the clog. Follow the manufacturer’s guidelines when using drain cleaners and keep the chemicals away from young kids.
If the drain cleaner doesn’t work, try using a plunger or plumbing snake before calling a professional. To use a plunger, place it over the drain and pump up and down until the clog is broken up.
A plumbing snake works by inserting the end of the snake into the drain and twisting it until you feel resistance. Once you hit the clog, continue turning until it breaks up.
You can usually fix these common plumbing problems without calling a costly professional. However, if issues persist long-term, it may be time to consult a plumber.