If there something is going to go wrong in your home, it is usually down to the plumbing! Most families end up spending a large part of their budget for home improvements on professional plumbers doing simple jobs. But, in actual fact, most of these tasks can be done without the help of a professional. As long as you have all the right equipment, you shouldn’t have too many issues fixing small problems in your property’s plumbing.
Want to know which jobs you can tackle on your own? Here are some of the easiest.
Blocking A Drain
If your sink isn’t emptying, you will most likely have a clogged drain on your hands. If you call a plumber to deal with this, it will only take him a minute or two. But his bill might make it look like he’d been working for an hour! So keep your costs down by sorting this out yourself. The best way to clear a clogged drain is by pouring a mixture of baking powder and vinegar into the drain. This natural solution will, hopefully, eat away at whatever the blockage is. You can also try using a plunger to dislodge any solid matter.
There are lots of different faucet types. Some are incredibly easy to fix if they are leaky. All you will need to do is tighten the joint with a wrench. If you have a faucet that requires a more complicated fix, you can always search online how-tos and YouTube videos for help. Have you noticed a constant drip coming from the faucet? This could be a sign that you need to replace the washer. Make sure you know what type of washer you need, and visit your local hardware store to see if they have any.
One of the main problems that homeowners face during the winter is freezing pipes. Rather than wait for this to become a major problem, there are some things you can do to prevent them from freezing. You will be able to buy special insulation to place around any pipes that are exposed. Keeping your thermostat on low at all times can also make a big difference. However, if you need a specialist service such as heat trace, you will need to call a firm who works with pipes.
If you notice that your toilet is continually running, it is probably caused by a faulty floater switch or stop valve. This is the large ball that sits in the back of your toilet. It can measure how much water is in the tank. Once it is full, the toilet should stop running. If you jiggle the toilet flush handle a little bit, the running may stop for a short while. To fix it permanently, you will need to reassemble the stop valve. Don’t be worried about getting your hands wet. All the water in your toilet tank is clean!
So why call a plumber when you can do all these jobs yourself?