DIY: Plumbing Repairs

Hello Readers!  So, I know we are always looking for ways to save money, especially when it comes to home repairs.  While I don’t recommend doing all of your own home repairs, I certainly recommend learning a few techniques and fixes to avoid paying for a specialist for the minor repairs.  Now, when it comes to leaks and broken pipes, always seek a certified professional to fix the issue.  You may be able to fix it temporarily to avoid excessive fees and charges for after hours services or weekend/holiday fees.  But, always get a professional in as soon as possible.

Still, there are a few repairs you should know how to do yourself because the minor fixes can really help you financially.  So, let’s go through a few that you should know how to do or at least how to help with.

  1. Unclog a toilet.  This really is an obvious one.  You should know how to unclog a toilet using a plunger, which you can find in any hardware store, or using a snake, again found in any hardware store.  Just knowing how to fix this simple problem can save you a ton of cash over the years.
  2. Fix the toilet chain.  Yes, this sounds gross, but it’s necessary.  Often, you’ll know this repair is needed because your toilet won’t stop running water after it’s been flushed.  Simply pull off the lid to the tank in the back, and check to see if the chain has come off or has rusted through the lever.  If the chain has come loose, just reconnect it and the problem is solved.  If the chain has rusted through, then you will need to purchase a lever in the plumbing section of any hardware store.  Now, I know this sounds gross because you’ll be reaching your hand into the water in a toilet.  However, the water in the tank is the water that fills the basin after you flush.  So, it is sanitary.  If you are unsure how to change the lever, look into the process via DIY sites on the Internet.
  3. Unclog the shower drain.  I know most of you probably know what it’s like to have a slow draining tub, especially during your morning shower.  It can be a nuisance, but there is an easy solution that’s also very safe for you and your family.  It involves distilled white vinegar, baking soda, and hot water.  You can easily clean out your drain in an hour.  But if it doesn’t stop the clog, you may need to use a plumbing snake, which can be found in any hardware.
  4. Clean the Showerhead.  I don’t know about any of you, but I live in an area of the country where hard water is a constant issue for us.  But, using just a little distilled white vinegar, a plastic sandwich bag, and a rubber band, I can easily descale my showerhead and clean out the calcified buildup that can clog the head.  To find a tutorial on this, check out the DIY sites on the Internet or search for it.
  5. Turn off the water.  Every now and again, the toilet begins to overflow and you may not know how to turn off the water until you can get a professional into the house.  For this, just reach behind the basin for the hand crank and begin closing it by turning it to the right.  This will be similar to turning off a faucet.  Just remember: lefty loosey; righty tighty.  Once you get the toilet to stop flowing, call a professional plumber to your home or unclog your toilet using a plumber.  Be sure that the matter is resolved before you turn the water back on.  It will only shut off the water to the toilet and not to the rest of the house.  Just remember that while waiting for the plumber to arrive.

As for the rest, I would definitely leave it to the professionals to fix the issues.  While it may seem cheaper to buy products like Plumber’s Glue and call it good, it can actually be more expensive in the long run if the leaks continue.  It can lead to excessive water damage that could’ve been prevented with a call to a professional plumber.  Overall, I hope this post helps you with the minor issues in your household and helps you prevent excessive plumber’s bills for the little things.

Until next time,

-BBM

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