If you are thinking of doing some DIY plumbing, there are a number of tips that you need to know about which can help in the event of a plumbing emergency.
These tips will help you with some of the tasks that you have to complete when you tackle your plumbing. Knowing these tips can give you more confidence to tackle the plumbing problems that you may have.
Replacing Parts In Toilets And Taps
While taking apart the plumbing under the sink can lead to a lot of mess if you do this incorrectly, you cannot do that much damage when dealing with parts in your toilet or taps.
Replacing the toilet flush valve or the cartridge in the taps will not cause the same level of damage if you do something incorrectly. However, these are actually the most common parts that you have to replace when you handle the plumbing in your home yourself instead of calling a professional company.
Leaks between the toilet tank and the bowl will generally be caused by a worn flush valve. Toilet flush valves are not expensive to buy and they are relatively easy to replace. The flush valve you get from the home improvement store will generally have instructions that you can follow when you replace it.
Do Not Use Chemicals For Clogs
Most people turn to chemical solutions when their drains are clogged because this is viewed as the easiest option. With these solutions, you will have to pour the chemicals down the drain and then wait before flushing it with hot water. However, these chemicals will generally be more expensive to use than a drain snake which is what you should be using.
To use a drain snake, all you have to do is insert it in the drain and pull it back out with the clog culprit. This is not only better for your bank account, it is also better for your plumbing. Chemicals could have a negative impact of the integrity of your plumbing and this is something that you want to avoid. If you do not want to use a drain snake, you can also try using a wet/dry vacuum to suck out the clogs.
Get Some Thread Tape
Thread tape is something you need to have in the house if you are going to be fixing your plumbing yourself. Thread tape can be used to fix a lot of different issues that you have with the plumbing from dripping shower-heads to leaking taps. If you have a connection that screws together, thread tape will be able to fix most problems.
There are those that turn to thread sealing compounds, but thread tape is better. These compounds will often drip and smear which increases the amount of cleaning you have to do after fixing your plumbing problem. Multi-purpose thread tape will generally be white in colour, but you can also get thicker tape which is pink for water and yellow for gas. Certain problems you have will need thicker tape and it is best to have a roll of each on hand.
If you have plumbing which was sealed with thread sealing compounds, they can be hard to loosen with a wrench. In these situations, you need to turn to heat to help you. Applying heat to the pipe will help to loosen the old and solidified thread sealing compound.
A small propane torch will generally provide enough heat to do the trick. You will need to apply the heat for a few minutes before you will be able to make any progress. However, this is something that should not be attempted when you are working with PVC piping as the heat will melt it and cause additional problems.