Sometimes you want to try a DIY plumbing project before calling a professional. DIY plumbing projects can save you money if you have the time and the patience to get the work done right. The first step is knowing what you have the patience for and when you need to hire help.
Easy DIY Plumbing Projects
There are some DIY plumbing projects that are easy to do, from fixing a dripping faucet to clearing a drain. If these projects don’t have you donning your plumber, gear, don’t worry. Give us a call, especially if you have an older home that could have a variety of other unknown issues.
DIY Dripping Faucet
Begin by shutting off the water supply valves that are located underneath your sink. Next, turn on the faucet to drain the water lines. Use a screwdriver or an Allen wrench to remove the handle screw that’s under the screw cover, so that you can remove the handles.
If you believe the leak is the result of a loose adjusting ring, give it a few turns with needle nose pliers. If that doesn’t fix the leak, you may need to replace the faucet’s O-ring and washers.
Remove the stem by either popping it off or twisting it off the valve depending on your faucet type. Replace the O-ring and washer that are inside the valve seat and ensure that they are a perfect fit. Then reassemble the faucet in reverse order starting with stem and ending with the handle.
DIY Running Toilet
The first thing you need to do is shut off the water supply valve under the toilet. Next, flush the toilet to drain out as much water as possible, and unhook the old flapper. Make sure that you purchase a new flapper of the same type. You will then install it according to the instructions on the package. Attach the flapper chain onto the flush lever arm so there is some slack when the flapper is closed.
If the flapper doesn’t leak and you still have running water, examine the fill tube connected to the overflow pipe. The end of the tube should be above the water line. Inspect the fill valve for signs of wear or breakage. If the float isn’t adjusted properly, the tank water level may rise above the overflow pipe and then drain into it. If this is the case, and the valve doesn’t completely shut off or if it hampers the float-arm operation, you should replace it with a new one.
DIY Unclogging the Bathtub Drain
Clogged drains can have some pretty disgusting consequences; including breeding drain flies, mold, scum, and bacteria. Begin by removing the drain plate. Then, send the drain snake down. The snake should pull out hair and whatever gunk is clogging your drain. If you don’t have a drain snake, you can try a metal coat hanger in a pinch.
Whichever DIY plumbing project you attempt to do, be sure to follow the instructions on the replacement parts. Every part is different with their unique instructions. Remember to be careful when you attempt your DIY plumbing projects so you don’t scratch your beautiful fixtures or ruin your existing plumbing. DIY projects are supposed to save you money; not cost more! We’re here if you need any help.