As a homeowner, it can sometimes feel like your house is working against you. For some people, every weekend involves fixing something that has been broken in the previous week. True, this may greatly depend on how the residents of the home care for it, but the point remains. Plumbing problems specifically can give homeowners a reoccurring headache. However, instead of calling a plumber, there may be some plumbing problems that you can fix without assistance. While you may not be confident in the little experience you have, a quick mind, a few tools, and access to youtube tutorials are all you really need to fix some plumbing problems. Here are a few projects that are simple enough for the novice to attempt on their own.
A basic skill that you need to know for any of these projects is how to turn off the water supply to your home. Depending on what type of home you have, it may either be located in the basement, crawlspace, or, in older homes, it may even be outside. Before attempting any of the following projects, make sure to turn off the water. As long as you have turned off the water to your home, none of these projects are likely to cause a splash (pun intended).
Replacing a Showerhead
With a basic wrench, a showerhead can be loosened and removed leaving the shower arm bare. The arm should then be cleaned of any rust that may be present before the new showerhead is installed.
Caulking a Tub
Caulking, in general, is not too challenging. The old caulk must be removed with a razor blade before the new caulk can be installed. You then insert the caulk into a caulk gun, cutting the tip at a 45-degree angle. Use painters tape to outline the area where you desire the caulk to end up. After you apply the caulk, smooth it with a wet rag and wipe off any caulk that ends up in unwanted places.
Fixing a Running Toilet
A running toilet can be a big problem if you have a septic tank, though they are quite easy to fix. Turn off the water to the toilet, flush to remove the water in the bowl and tank, and then check out the parts within the tank. The plastic flapper is often the cause of a running toilet. Replacing a faulty flapper according to the manufacturer's instructions is incredibly simple.
In conclusion, there is a lot you can do on your own. Make sure that you have all of the tools you need before attempting a project. Also, should you find yourself in over your head on a project, contact a professional plumber like those at Brother's Plumbing.