Our team at Underfloor Heating Trade Supplies are keen believers that everyone is capable of some of the plumbing jobs in your home. No-one wants to pay the excessive charges for a plumbing call-out when the work can be done quickly and easily.
Here we guide you through some common plumbing jobs that you can tackle yourself. Before getting started, we need to make sure you have some of the necessary tools required for these tasks. You should have a plunger under your sink, that is essential. You will also need an adjustable wrench, screwdriver, pliers, utility knife, plumbing tape and a caulking gun. A caulking gun sounds like a specialist piece of kit, but it is just one of those applicators for the sealant that you can get at any DIY store.
The Leaky Tap
Are you experiencing Chinese water torture from the drip of a leaking tap? Well, this is relatively straightforward to resolve, depending on the type of faucet you have. It usually requires you to replace a washer, which can be bought easily from any hardware store. You then need to unscrew the tap and change the washer. It is a good idea to take out the old washer first and take this with you to the shop, to make sure you get the right size for your sink.
If the leak is too severe or a tap is a sealed unit, you may be better off purchasing a whole new faucet. Your new tap will come with installation instructions on the pack, and there are plenty of YouTube videos that can help you get the job done.
The approach to a clogged drain is not what you would imagine. Using conventional drain cleaners can have the potential for damaging your plumbing systems as the pipes are generally made of soft metals that can easily corrode. Therefore, it is best to deal with slow draining plumbing with natural materials such as baking soda and vinegar. If you use these on a regular basis, then you are going to prevent the clogged drain. Another preventative measure can be to use hair catchers in bathroom drains. You should also avoid pouring grease down your sinks or allowing food particles to go down the kitchen drains.
To remove items that have become stuck, use a plunger in the first instance to create suction power to draw the blockage downwards. If this doesn’t work, you can use cable auger, which you can buy from a hardware store works. You just snake this through the pipes and even into the drain itself.
If the drain doesn’t flow more smoothly after pulling out debris and swilling down with natural solvents, then it may be that this is the time to call a plumber. It may be an issue with the plumbing vent, and this certainly needs a professional.
Toilet keeps flushing
If water continuously runs through your toilet, it is most likely caused by a malfunction in the stop valve or the floater switch. This means your ball in the cistern is not floating to the top, and therefore the toilet thinks it needs to keep flushing. This can usually be fixed, at least temporarily, by jiggling this ball and untangling any problem that has arisen. It is likely that you will need to replace the entire assembly at some point – but this will help in the short term.
Caulking baths and showers
This is one of those jobs that makes you feel like a proper DIYer. It sounds hard. However, caulking the bathtub and the shower just means filling in any cracks or gaps that have emerged with sealant. The caulking gun looks like a giant plastic needle with a form of trigger action. The instructions on the sealant should be pretty easy to follow. You just need to make sure that this meant for use in places that get wet!
Replacing the shower head
We like this tip because it will save you some money, potentially. Replacing a showerhead can reduce your water consumption by 30% each time someone showers. It also couldn’t be easier to do, as it is just a matter of removing the old one and then screwing on the new one. This is a significant impact for a small action – and there are some stylish shower head designs out there too. Easy right? Give it a go!