If you aren’t excited about plumbing because it seems like a dangerous or unsanitary task, then you’re not alone. Fortunately, there are some plumbing basics you can learn to safely handle minor repairs. Doing these basic tasks on your own will not only save you money; but they will also help you fix small problems before they become major issues. This guide to plumbing basics should help you get started.
The Four Most Common DIY Plumbing Jobs
When learning plumbing basics, you’ll find that you tend to encounter certain types of jobs more often than others. These are the most common types of repairs and installations you will face, so they should form the foundation of your plumbing basics education. Here are the four most common DIY plumbing jobs.
- Unclogging a drain. Whether it’s the kitchen sink, toilet, or bathtub, unclogging drains is one of the most common DIY plumbing repairs. It’s important to know what tools to use and how – chemical drain openers are not always the solution, and you’ll need a different type of plunger for the sink than the toilet.
- Changing Faucets or Showerheads. Alright! You got that great new massaging shower head for your birthday. Do you know how to put it on? A strong arm, adjustable wrench, and plumbing tape will help you get the job done.
- Drain and Flush the Water Heater. Part of learning plumbing basics is learning how to maintain your appliances before there’s a problem. When you drain and flush your water heater every year, you’ll extend its life and save yourself both time and money.
- Replacing Leaky Supply Lines. Knowing how to replace braided stainless steel supply lines on your sinks, toilets, and washing machine will save you hundreds in plumber’s fees. This is especially true in older homes, where supply lines may be made of rubber or plastic.
Learning plumbing basics and doing your own repairs in your home can save you a lot of money on plumbing costs. However, even the most knowledgeable homeowners will face problems they can’t tackle alone. If you need help with a plumbing problem, or would like more information about repairs, call Scottsdale Plumbing at 480-945-9583. We’re here to help!