As a homeowner, you know how costly home cleaning, maintenance and repairs can be, especially when it comes to plumbing. Whether you’re doing house cleaning or renovation, or simply trying to keep things running smoothly, the cost can soon add up. With the right tools and a little know how, you can tackle many home maintenance jobs yourself, cutting down on the cost of hiring a professional cleaner and a plumber. You don’t need to call a plumber immediately for every problem. Plumbers cost a lot of money, so if you can fix something yourself, so much the better. Here are 6 money-saving DIY plumbing solutions:
1. Clogged Drain
A clogged drain is an easy fix even for beginners. Usually a plunger will go a long way to solving the problem. You can follow that up with removing the sink trap to get at blockages, passing an auger line through the drain to clear it, or even using a store bought drain cleaner to flush things out.
2. Jammed Garbage Disposal
A jammed garbage disposal is frustrating, but the fix is usually easy. Most units have a reset button you can press. Failing that, go through the unit’s manual carefully – you should find the instructions you need to guide you through loosening the blades and getting at the blockage.
3. Damaged Toilet
Replacing a toilet is easier than you might imagine. You’ll find many how to guides online that will walk you through it step by step. However, do be sure to disconnect the water to your toilet before you begin, and take care when fixing the new toilet into position to make sure the joints are secure and there is no damage to surrounding tiles. Do it properly, because you don’t want to do that house cleaning.
4. Leaky Faucet
A leaky faucet is one of the most common plumbing problems. Thankfully, leak repair is usually a straightforward task. You can buy repair kits that contain all you need to fix the problem – or depending on the type of faucet you have, a simple washer replacement might do the trick.
5. Broken Shower head
A broken shower head can easily be replaced. You can pick up a shower head to fit your shower unit and any major DIY store, and the process of plumbing them in is quick and simple. Even if your shower head still works, switching it out for a low flow unit will save you money on your water bills in the long run.
6. Running Toilet
A running toilet is a straightforward fix that you can do quickly and easily. Most times, a running toilet is caused by the ball or flapper inside the cistern not working. The ball or flapper covers the valve where water comes in. If it’s not in the proper position, try rearranging it so it is, or replace your ball or flapper. These components can be purchased cheaply at your local hardware store.
Plumbing repairs don’t need to be costly or time consuming. Try out these simple repairs yourself and keep your plumbing bills down. Then focus on keeping the home clean and you won’t have any problems with this area of work.
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