It doesn’t matter if you’ve owned your house for a long or a short time, or if you’re just starting to look for a house right now; there are some plumbing repairs everyone should be able to do on their own. Of course, the more difficult stuff, such as emergency boiler repairs, should be left for professionals. However, there are simple things that pretty much anyone can do on their own.
Turn Off Water in Your Whole House, or Just for Your Toilet
There are various reasons why you may need to do this, which is why it’s very important for you to know how to do it. For this, you have to find the main water shutoff valve, which should be where the water meter is. These are usually in the ground close to the street, and have a concrete cover on them. However, they may also be on the side of the house. If you’re having a hard time figuring out where that is, you can call the utility company and ask them. After identifying it, use a water meter cutoff key to turn the shutoff valve 90 degrees.
One of the issues you are most likely to have to deal with when it comes to your home’s plumbing is an overflowing toilet. This happens for a variety of reasons, going anywhere from a home that’s overcrowded, to drainpipe troubles. If something like this happens, it is crucial to know where the shut off valve for the toilet is, so that you stop it before it floods the bathroom. Usually, these things can be found on the wall on side, towards the back of the lower part of the toilet.
Deal With Low Water Pressure
For this, you should start off by checking the water pressure at a few faucets. If only one of them seems to have this issue, then it could be due to mineral deposits, in which case all you have to do is to remove the screen, clean it, and then place it back on. If this issue only happens at the shower, then you can take the showerhead, leave it in white vinegar overnight, rinse it and place it back on.
Re-Caulking a Vanity Sink
When your sink was initially installed, caulk was likely to have been applied to ensure water doesn’t seep through. As time goes by, however, the sealant can become damaged, which means it could be time to replace it. For that, you should start by scraping away the old one. Make sure to not use a metal knife, since that can create scratches on the countertop. Next, you should clean the seam with alcohol, and, after the area is dried, start applying the caulk. After having applied it, dampen your finger and run it along it, to smooth it out.
Removing a Sink Trap
Since most clogs happen under the basin, removing the sink trap is key to this process. To do so, place a pan under the sink, to make sure that any falling water won’t end up on the floor. Then, look for the trap connecting the pipe that goes down from the sink drain, and the pipe that goes horizontally. You don’t have to turn the water off, as long as you tell everyone in the house to not use the water while this is happening. Next, you can loosen both nuts on the trap, and then you can take the trap away by pulling it downwards. If there’s any debris, you can scrape it off, after which you can place the trap back on.
All of these jobs are very easy to do, which is all the more reason you should know how to take care of them. Indeed, there’s no need for you to bring in a professional for every little thing.