Are you tired of the fear related to plumbing repairs? Do you want to be able to fix simple plumbing issues without having to call in a plumber? Solving some of these minor issues when they arise could prevent you from needing to call in a pro. We understand the reluctance when it comes to DIY plumbing, but you can do a lot for simple issues. We’ve got four plumbing tips for beginners that will save you time, money, and headaches.
1.) Replace Parts In Your Toilet
When you’re working with more major plumbing areas, like a septic tank, that can open a can of worms. With a toilet, there isn’t much you can mess up.
If you’re noticing a leak between your tank and bowl, check the flapper. A worn-out flapper leads to leaking at this location. If the flapper is worn out, check out this video to learn how to replace it, and fix your toilet.
2.) Unclog Drains WITHOUT Chemicals
If your drain is sluggish, don’t waste money on corrosive and dangerous drain cleaners. While they are often effective, drain cleaners can damage pipes, cause burns, and release toxic fumes.
The best way to unclog a sink or drain is with manual methods. A plunger, snake, or wet/dry vacuum is the best and safest way to clear drain lines. You don’t risk damage or harmful chemical exposure for you or the family when using mechanical methods.
3.) Fix Your Showerhead
If you’re experiencing a leaking showerhead, there is often a quick fix that many people don’t consider. Let’s say a showerhead is leaking between the head and pipe, it is most likely the threads. If the threads aren’t connected tightly, grab some Teflon tape from your local hardware store.
When using thread tape, be sure to wrap it clockwise around the threads to ensure a tight fit.
If the showerhead has a clog or isn’t flowing right, use warm water and vinegar. Soak the showerhead in a mixture of warm water and vinegar for an hour to loosen any mineral deposits. Take an old toothbrush and brush each hole to clear out the clog.
4.) Increase Water Heater Efficiency
The thermostat on your water heater is adjustable. Be careful, though. You can set the thermostat too high and cause severe burns.
You should be able to set the thermostat around 115ºF. This will ensure there is enough hot water for everyone. Setting the heater to this temperature will also help save you some money on the electric or gas bill.
Another way to increase your water heater’s efficiency is to wrap the heater. You can buy a water heater jacket that insulates the heater to retain that heat.
Finally, make sure you drain your water heater every three months to eliminate any mineral deposits that build up. These deposits can bog down the system and make the heater not run as efficiently.
Got Something Bigger?
Hopefully, these four plumbing tips for beginners will help you solve some issues at home. If you’ve got a serious plumbing issue, such as a leaking sewer line, it’s time to call in the pros. At Autry Plumbing, we are here to help you with all your plumbing needs. Give us a call today or schedule!