We’ve all had our share of plumbing problems. They can border between minor to disastrous, and not knowing what to do when they strike can put you at a big disadvantage. One of these disadvantages can be the amount of money you will have to spend to get the problem fixed. So why not do it yourself?
Knowing the basics may help you solve minor problems and save you money in the process. Most professional plumbers charge by the hour and not on the difficulty of the task. There are some problems though that will require the services of a professional but then again, you could eventually learn how to deal with those problems as well. Aside from the obvious savings of cash, you just might find yourself enjoying and basking at the success of what you have accomplished.
So, what are some of the problems that you can fix for yourself? There are some minor repairs that you can do with ease that won’t require you to do with any prior experience.
Unclogging the bathroom sink – Unclogging a bathroom sink is by no means a herculean task. You may use commercial uncloggers or you may even opt to make your own by searching the web. Making your own is not only fun and effective, it is also better for your pipes and the environment. Opening the drain trap is also another option that doesn’t require some stroke of genius. With minimal know-how and effort, this could prove to be quite effective.
Replacing faucets – Installing a new faucet is a small and simple project that most Do-It-Yourself homeowners can tackle with a little plumbing knowledge and some basic tools. You can install a new faucet in one to two hours using a pair of large channel lock pliers and a crescent wrench.
Repairing a leaky faucet – Most homeowners can repair a leaky faucet on their own. The basic tools required for repairing a leaky faucet include a Philips screwdriver, a small common screwdriver, common pliers, needle nose pliers and a wrench. A very easy job that you’ll be glad you did.
Repair a leaky PVC joint – Repairing a leaky PVC joint is easy to do, as long as you have access to the leak. With a hacksaw, a replacement PVC joint fitting, a small length of PVC tubing, a couple of PVC coupler joints, and some PVC cleaner and glue, you can quickly repair a leaky PVC joint. When it comes to plumbing leaks it usually comes down to one of two basic culprits. It is either associated with the supply lines or the drain lines. This is usually easy to confirm.
These are just a few of the things that you can do on your own. All you need is the desire to learn and the guts to try something new. You’ll be doing great in no time, and who knows, maybe you’ll be the next neighborhood plumber that everybody calls.