Top DIY Plumbing Repairs

Jul 02 2016

While DIY repairs on any household system can be a gamble if you are inexperienced, fixing a problem yourself brings a special degree of satisfaction and many basic plumbing fixes can be easily learned. A lot of home plumbing maintenance is routine and fairly uncomplicated. With some education, the proper tools, and an understanding for the scope of the project, you can likely manage many home plumbing maintenance jobs without having to involve a professional plumber.

Things like fixing a leak, unclogging a drain, and replacing a fixture are issues that can be easily addressed through a good step by step guide, persistence, and some basic care. Taking on these issues yourself can save you money on hiring a plumber and will surely give you a feeling of accomplishment in solving a problem. Here are a few common plumbing maintenance issues you can easily resolve on your own.

Unclogging a Drain

A clogged drain is likely the most common plumbing problem and one of the most basic to fix. For clogs that absolutely cannot be unclogged by your best efforts, there is likely a more serious plumbing problem that needs to be addressed–possibly by a plumber. For the other 99% of instances, clearing a drain is straightforward and fairly easy to do–albeit unpleasant.

A clogged toilet or backed up sink are nuisances, but on the scale of difficulty to fix, pretty low. From plunging to snaking to removing the ‘trap’ to discover the clog, you can likely discover the problem and resolve it quickly with some basic tools and intuition. Always have a good plunger, an adjustable crescent wrench, and a drain snake to take on any clog.

Change Fixtures

Replacing old, worn fixtures with new ones is a basic aspect of maintaining a home plumbing system. Fortunately, replacing fixtures is one of the easiest bit of do-it-yourself plumbing maintenance, though the exact project may vary in scope. From a showerhead, a faucet, or a toilet, you need to understand how the fixtures operate and the best practices for removing and replacing them.

Replacing fixtures involves working with pipes and hoses that make the fixture a plumbing feature, so you’ll need to be comfortable with this. Showerheads and faucets are the easiest to change, while toilets are slightly more involved. Research the project and work through the replacement step by step.

Prevent Leaks

Fixing leaks is obviously very important, but a more critical part of ongoing plumbing maintenance is preventing leaks from occurring in the first place. This can be done with some awareness about what is contributing to wear on your plumbing system. Reducing water pressure and installing a water softener can reduce strain on your pipes, helping to prevent leaks.

Measure the water pressure, and if it reads at anything above 85 psi, install a pressure reducer to better regulate it. Water softeners can also help protect pipes and fixtures subject to hard water mineral buildup that corrodes joints and fillings and restricts water flow over time. Water softeners can extend the life of your pipes and fixtures by reducing the levels of hard minerals in the water. Also, make sure that fittings attaching hoses to drains and pipes are tight.

Sometimes DIY plumbing isn’t the answer. For large scale plumbing repairs or problems you cannot tackle on your own call Superior Water & Air at 208-343-7683.