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3 Essential Tips for DIY Household Plumbing


The plumbing system sustains the safe water supply and sanitation. Typically,  any problem that affects it would not only be inconvenient but also highly expensive. Clogged drains, dripping  taps and clogged-up toilets are one of the inevitable household disasters that threaten you over the edge. However, before you consult a professional plumber to make the necessary repairs, you should know the basic DIY alternatives to avoid costly expenses and  save time from the potential delays of the plumber’s arrival. The following are things you need to know about DIY household plumbing:

  • Locate the Shut-off Valves

This is primarily important especially when it comes to plumbing emergencies. During such occurrences, it is vital that you quickly close the main shut-off valve. This will prevent flooding your house and driving your water bill higher.. There are cases where you may not want to cut off the entire water supply since the plumbing issue is confined to a particular area such as the sink, toilet or tub etc. Hence, it is advisable that fixtures should have individual stop valves.

  1. Know the Basic Plumbing Procedures

There are simple problems that do not necessarily need the professional assistance of expert plumbers. All you need to know are the basic procedures. For clogged toilets, aren’t usually solved using a toilet auger or a plunger. If the clog is deep inside the drain pipes then that will be the time to seek the help of a professional. For toilets that sweat, the most effective way to repair is to insulate the toilet with a foam toilet tank liner. An inconvenient leaky tap would require you to replace a washer or a corroded valve seat. Just turn off the shut-off valve for that fixture, disassemble the tap and replace the worn-out part with a new one of the same size.

  1. Own Basic Plumbing Tools

In order to cover some basic plumbing issues, home-owners need to secure the basic plumbing tools such as the wrench, pliers, toilet plunger, plumber’s tape and plumber’s putty. A wrench which is also called a sink wrench is a very handy tool in changing out old taps. It can be used to loosen or tighten fittings in hard-to-reach places in the sink. Pliers, usually referred to as channel-locks, work best in pairs, one for stabilising the pipe and one to unscrew. The plunger is used to dislodge clogs from sinks, tubs, toilets, showers and floor drains while a closet auger is a long steel cable used to grind through the most stubborn clogs. A plumber’s tape which is also known as “Teflon tape” is used for ensuring a good seal on threaded pipes such as the shower heads and tap supply lines and the plumber’s putty made up of caulking and sealing compound is used to make watertight seals around taps and drains. These tools are available at hardware stores. You should choose quality and reliable brands so as to avoid any problems later.

Complicated repair jobs are tackled by professionals so that no further damage is done to pipes or fixtures. But for simple plumbing problems, being practical and economical requires you to get out the tools and tackle the problem yourselves. In line with this the best key to prevent costly repairs is regular maintenance and  inspection so as to detect problems before they get worse.