Four DIY Plumbing Tips to Handle Minor Plumbing Issues
Taking care of your dripping faucets or overflowing toilet on your own can save you some money. It’s important to address minor plumbing issues before they become something that only professionals can handle. Below are some do it yourself plumbing tips you can apply to your plumbing issues if you have the right tools.
Unclog the Drain without Using Chemicals
If your drain is clearing slowly, you do not need to purchase expensive chemical cleaners. You can manually unclog the drain with a drain snake. Insert it into the drain and pull back out with hopefully the culprit attached. Also, you can use a wet/dry shop vacuum for sucking out the clog.
Replace Faucet or Toilet Parts
While taking pipes under the shower or sink can result in more serious problems if you don’t do it right, there is very little damage you can do when you replace the flapper of the toilet or the cartridge of the faucet. Toilet tank and bowl leaks are often caused by worn flappers and a replacement cost just a few dollars. Plus, you can get the package with step-by-step instructions for replacement.
The majority of faucets these days can be fixed by replacing the entire interior with a new cartridge. This requires just removing one or two screws. Thus, if your toilet tends to run frequently or the sink drips, buy replacement parts and address the problems.
Handle Minor Showerhead Problems
If your showerhead is dripping, fix it using a thread tape. Usually, when the threads are not connecting tightly, they cause the showerhead the leak. Unscrew the showerhead, wrap it with the tap in a clockwise direction, and re-attach the showerhead to stop. In case of a clogged showerhead, use the warm water and vinegar solution to fix it. Soak the showerhead in a bowl with this mixture for about one hour. Loosen any mineral deposits that could be causing blockages in the spray using a small brush.
Loosen Tough Water Pipe Fittings Using Heat
If you cannot get the trap under the sink or pipe fitting loose, apply heat to loosen up the solidified pipe dope. Use a small propane torch and apply heat for a few minutes. Make sure to use heat-resistant material to protect the walls nearby. Remember to heat only metal water pipes and never on or to next to gas pipes. Also, do not heat on plastic pipes or fittings.