Everybody has encountered leaks or other problems which require calling a plumber, but did you know that you can deal with some of the most common plumbing problems by yourself? Here are some simple plumbing tasks you can handle by yourself:
- Installing a new faucet. Your new faucet will come with instructions. But before buying a new one, why not take the faulty part to your local hardware store and ask with some assistance for a replacement part?
- Clogged drains. First of all, make sure you have taken all precautions to avoid getting clogged drains. Some of the preventive measures include using a hair catcher in the sink and shower drains, avoid pouring grease and food in your drain, and use the garbage disposal properly. But if you have a clogged drain, then you can try removing the debris with a plunger or a cable auger. Try unclogging it with natural products, such as baking soda and white vinegar.
- A running toilet tank. This is a common problem which in most cases is caused by the floater valve. You can replace it, or better off – the entire assembly. It is a simple task, and there are video and printed instructions available online as well
- Replacing the kitchen sink sprayer is very easy, especially if it is just the nozzle which needs replacing. All you have to do is make sure you get the appropriate replacement. Take the old one to the hardware store and ask for the proper one to buy.
- Replacing a showerhead is easy, just make sure you get the proper one. Getting a good low flow showerhead can save you up to 30% of the water bill!
- Caulking. You can do it yourself but make sure you get the appropriate type of caulk before attempting to caulk your shower or bathtub. Choose caulk which is specifically made for bathroom use. Read the label or ask someone in the hardware store. Invest in a good caulk gun, because it makes caulking much easier and can keep the caulk for longer.
- Installing a toilet. Find a detailed instructional video or description before that. Make sure you seal it properly to avoid leaks and smells.
- Repair of the sump pump. This could be one of the trickier ones. If the motor keeps running check if it is not caused by dirt and debris under the float switch. Always unplug the sump pump before doing anything though!
- Repair of the garbage disposal. The new garbage disposals come with a hex wrench, so it is easy to open and removed the jammed items from inside. Always switch off the electric power to the disposal before attempting to repair it!