If you’ve been thinking about taking on a few plumbing repairs at home but don’t consider yourself a DIY master, we’re here to give you a push in the right direction and boost your confidence. While we recommend calling a licensed professional to tackle the tougher repairs and replacements, there are plenty of simple DIY plumbing repairs you can do yourself, no experience required. Here are 4 projects any homeowner can do:
Repair a Running Toilet
A running toilet can waste upwards of 200 gallons of water per day. Over the course of a month that adds up to 6,000 gallons. It’s no wonder your water bill is so high! Get back into the proper flow of things by repairing your leaky toilet right away. Watch how!
Repair a Leaky Faucet
Is the constant dripping of your bathroom faucet or shower head keeping you up at night? Do you have multiple leaky faucets? Similar to a running toilet, a leaky faucet wastes gallons upon gallons of water. While a dripping faucet might not seem like a big deal in the grand scheme of things, around five gallons of water could be going down the drain each day. Stop your faucets – and your wallet – from leaking with help from this DIY tutorial.
Unclog a Sink Drain
Clogged drains happen to everyone. Over time, hair, soap scum, toothpaste, and other gunk build up, eventually causing slow drainage or total blockage. While you might be tempted to use a chemical drain cleaner to get the job done, most store-bought cleaners contain harsh chemicals that actually harm your pipes. Here are three natural ways to unclog your sink drain:
- Baking Soda & Salt – Combine ½ cup of baking soda with ½ cup salt. Pour the mixture down the drain and wait 15 minutes. Then pour boiling water down the drain.
- Baking Soda & Vinegar – Use a solution of 1/3 cup baking soda and 1/3 cup distilled vinegar. As soon as the mixture begins to fizz, pour it down your drain. Wait one hour and then flush the drain with hot water.
- Boiling Water – If the cause of your slow drain is soap scum, boiling water can do wonders. Boil a large pot of water and then pour it down the drain in several stages.
Troubleshoot a Garbage Disposal
Garbage disposals always seem to stop working when we need them the most. Fortunately, in most cases, the problem can be easily fixed without the help of a licensed plumber. For your safety, unplug the disposal before working on it and never place your hands down the drain. Here’s how to troubleshoot your garbage disposal:
- Press the Reset Button – If there is no sound when your disposal is turned on, it’s likely the unit is too hot and as has turned itself off. First, make sure the disposal switch is off. Then press the red reset button on the bottom of the disposal. Turn on cold water and then flip the disposal switch.
- Remove the Obstruction – If resetting the disposal didn’t do the trick, unplug the disposal. If your unit is hardwired, turn the switch to “OFF.” Using a flashlight, look down your drain to see if you can locate what’s causing the obstruction. Gently reach down and try to retrieve the object using tongs. If successful, plug the disposal back in. Run cold water and test the disposal.
If you’re unable to remove the object, locate the hex socket on the bottom of the disposal. Insert your hex key and turn until the impeller hub loosens. This should also loosen any jammed objects. Remove the object and screw the bottom back on. Plug the disposal back in. Allow cold water to run and test the disposal.
Got questions about a simple DIY plumbing repair you want to attempt? Don’t hesitate to reach out! We’d be more than happy to offer expert advice. If you’ve started a plumbing project but feel that is has taken a turn for the worse, the expert plumbers at Complete Comfort can help. Give us a call today at (317) 671-7552.