Simple Plumbing DIY Fixes

A well-functioning plumbing system is an important element of a healthy home. In this guide, we are going to provide you with step by step instructions and expert advice on five simple DIY fixes for common Plumbing problems.

 

  1. Clearing Clogs

Having to deal with a clogged kitchen or bathroom drain can be frustrating. Fortunately, cleaning blocked drains is an easy and quick fix.

Materials

  • Baking soda
  • Vinegar

Steps

  • Pour a jar of hot water down the clogged drain
  • Put in about half a cup of baking soda in the drain and let it sit for a few minutes
  • Mix hot water and vinegar in a 1:1 ratio and pour it down the drain
  • Cover the drain with a plug immediately to keep the reaction active
  • Let it sit for about 5 to 10 minutes
  • Flush your drain one more time with hot boiling water

This simple DIY should clear your clogged drain and have it working like new

 

 

  1. Installing a New Tap

Since taps are usually screwed in place, this DIY is simply a matter of undoing the fitting to connect the new one.

Tools

  • Adjustable Wrench
  • Basin Wrench
  • Small Bucket
  • Silicone caulk
  • Kitchen Faucet

Steps

  • Turn off your home’s water from the main supply
  • Remove the old tap
  • Unscrew the nuts that hold your tap to the sink. Lift the tap away from your sink and the domestic pipework
  • Install the new faucet
  • Connect the post to the new tap and then feed it into the sinkhole to allow it to sit on your sink. The threads should be poking out below your sink. Screw the nuts tightly onto the post until your tap is gripped well into your sink.
  • Connect your Plumbing
  • After that, screw the connectors to your tap before connecting them to the domestic pipes. Place a compression rubber in between to keep the pressure between the interconnected pipes safe and regulated.
  • Turn your water back on and enjoy your new tap

 

  1. Leaky Faucet

A leaky faucet is a nuisance that if not taken care of, may turn into a full-blown plumbing issue. Fortunately, repairing a leaky faucet is a simple DIY project that anyone can hack.

 

Tools

  • Adjustable wrench
  • Flathead screwdriver
  • O-ring and replacement washers
  • Valve and faucet grease

 

Steps

  • Examine the faucet to determine where it is leaking from
  • Turn off your water supply to the faucet
  • Dismantle the faucet to fix the problem
  • Remove the faucet cover in the center to relieve air pressure.
  • Pay close attention to the order and orientation of parts of the cap, sprout, cam, washer and the ball lever.
  • Locate the O-ring, spring and the seats and carefully remove them
  • Replace the damaged O-rings, seats and springs. Use valve and faucet grease to prolong the life of the ring
  • Put back all the parts in place before placing the cap and handle back on
  • Turn your water back on

 

  1. How to thaw frozen water pipe

Frozen water may rupture your pipes resulting in costly repairs. Fortunately, you can easily thaw the frozen pipe on your own.

 

Steps

  • Before thawing your pipe, locate the main valve and switch it off to avoid a flood in case your pipe is cracked.
  • Locate the frozen water pipe: Turn on all your faucets and check for one that has no water coming out, or whose flow has reduced to a trickle. Once you locate it, close all other unaffected faucets leaving the frozen line open.
  • Thaw the frozen pipe: Use a high power hair dryer to defrost your water line. Start from the top of the pipe near the faucet and work your way towards the meter. Continue using the dryer until water runs freely through the faucet.

 

  1. Repair your garbage disposal

Is your garbage disposal jammed? Here are a few tips to help you get it back in action:

 

Steps

  • Push the machine’s reset button and try again
  • Check to see that its cord is properly plugged into a functioning electrical box.
  • If this doesn’t help, insert a ¼ inch hex wrench into the hole in the bottom of the machine. Crank it up in both directions to release the impellers
  • You can also use a short broomstick. Push it down beside the blades and then try to rotate it back and forth.