Doing the plumbing in your own house, or even some minor fixings can be quite fun for some, yet exhausting for most.
To help the DIY plumbers out there perform small plumbing repairs more successfully, we have gathered some of the most useful, practical plumbing repair tips you can try out yourself.
1. Hand-tight is just right
The golden rule of any plumbing repair job is hand-tight is just right!
This means that showing off your strength when tightening your home’s fittings and connections is definitely not a good idea.
This can prove to be a costly rookie mistake, as overtightening can lead to stripped screws and broken bolts.
2. Need to repair your tap?
When it comes to repairs of taps, it is quite useful to know which types of seals your tap has that enables it to cut off the water supply when closed.
If you are wondering which type your tap has, try this: turn the tap handle, and if it only rotates a half or quarter turn, your tap probably has a ceramic disc.
On the other hand, if you are able to rotate it further than half, then it is most likely that your tap uses a rubber washer instead.
3. Use the proper plunger when unclogging your drains
For smaller drains such as your kitchen sink, bathtub, or any drain on a flat surface, you can use the standard plunger.
However, for your toilet, use a toilet plunger which, unlike the standard plunger, has a soft rubber flap that folds out from inside the cup.
4. Got copper pipes?
If in your home you have copper pipes running hot water, eventually the hot water may cause your copper pipes to expand and grind against the joints and hangers.
To solve this common plumbing issue, get adhesive-backed felt from the hardware store and cut it into strips, remove each hanger and then wrap the pipe before refastening the hanger.
5. Stock up on Plumber’s Tape
Teflon tape, also known as plumber’s tape, is something you need to have in your plumbing tool kit.
Typically, you’ll wrap the plumber’s tape three times around the pipe’s threads before sealing to prevent leaks around joints and fittings.
Most common use for this is your showerhead.
When choosing your Teflon tape, bear in mind that there are 2 types in white and yellow.
White plumber’s tape is used for common household plumbing projects, while yellow plumber’s tape is used for gas line connections.
6. Always check your house for water leaks
It is highly recommended to check for water leaks once you or your local plumber is finished with the repairs and fixtures.
This way you will make sure that everything works smoothly, and you will avoid having to call the plumber again in a few days to fix a new leak.
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