DIY Plumbing: What You Can Do and When to Call a Plumber

In today’s information age, it’s never been easier to learn how to do new things.

We have the internet full of video tutorials, forums, and sites with step-by-step instructions walking us through just about anything we want to figure out. Plumbing is no exception.

When it comes to plumbing there are many things you can comfortably do at home by yourself, but there are also things that would best be left to an experienced professional.

The following will explore some of the things you can tackle on your own and some of the things that might require back up when it comes to plumbing.

Do It Yourself

Change The Showerhead

When it comes to improving the look of your bathroom, a grimy old showerhead is one of the first things that needs to go.

New showerheads are shiny and clean, and often offer luxurious amounts of water as well as pressure options. Removing the old showerhead and replacing it with a new one is simpler than you might think.

All you need to do is remove the old showerhead (twisting off), clean the grooves, apply plumbing tape, and twist on the new showerhead. Of course, you’ll need to make sure it’s the right size before you start the switch.

Unclogging Drains

Using a plunger, drain cleaning chemical, or a snake is relatively easy to do. All three of these tools can help you deal with minor clogs in your drains from a little too much food or hair getting stuck in the drain.

There is, of course, the price of purchasing them to consider. Cleaning chemicals tend to be single-use, but plungers and snakes can be used again and again.

If you go to this site, you’ll know seeking out a professional’s help to give your drains a nice deep clean is also necessary if you want to make sure there are no issues further in your pipes.

Detecting problems and fixing them right away will save you from bigger troubles, thus bigger costs.

Sort Out Leaky Faucets

If you notice a subtle drip coming from your faucet, there is a chance that the cartridges in your taps have been worn down over time and need to be replaced.

All you have to do is turn off the water, remove the handles on your faucet (the dials that turn on the hot and cold water), and use a wrench to remove the old cartridges.

Occasionally, the type of cartridge you have will require a specialized tool, but if this is the case, the instructions that came with your tap will include this information. Install the new cartridge and put the handle back on.

Call A Professional

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Anything To Do With A Sewer Smell

A backed-up septic tank or any form of trouble with your septic tank might result in the leaking of sewage gases into the air.

These gases are extremely toxic, and if you smell them, you should get yourself, your family, and your pets out of your home and call a professional. Open up the windows if the weather and season permit it to help get fresh, clean air inside.

Burst Pipes

If a pipe in your home has burst, you are all too aware of how quickly damage can begin. Water seeping into your walls, floors, furniture, and personal items can wreak havoc on things you own.

Plus, you will need to start worrying about mold or mildew build-up, which is a serious health risk. Turn off the water in your home if you are comfortable doing so and call a professional.

You might also want to set out buckets or towels to minimize the damage that is occurring as you wait for your plumber to arrive.

Gas Leak

If you think for any reason that there is a gas leak in your home, you need to get everyone outside and immediately call 911.

Make sure that on your way out, you don’t turn any electronics on or off as this could cause a spark that might ignite if there’s gas in the air.

Once everyone is safely away from the building, and emergency services have been notified, you can then call a pro to come and take a look. Remember, never sacrifice your safety or that of your family or pets when it comes to DIY projects.

Using the above list, you should be able to determine when a plumbing problem can be done at home by yourself and when to call an expert.

Of course, if your issue is not on this list or it is, but you don’t feel confident handling the problem on your own, always call a plumber.

Water damage and other serious problems can occur when plumbing isn’t dealt with by an experienced professional. Beyond this, most plumbers keep some of their schedules free for emergency bookings.

Don’t wait to have serious problems on this list looked at. The sooner you deal with a plumbing issue, the less damage it can do to your home or your loved ones.