Fixing a leaky faucet or a clogged drain; you know how frustrating it can get to address plumbing problems. So before you try your hand at dealing with any plumbing issues at home, consider for a moment whether what you’re facing is a job that requires simple DIY skills or the help of a professional plumber.

While there are plumbing jobs that can be resolved with basic knowledge and tools, some issues need a high level of plumbing expertise. Complex plumbing jobs might go south if someone with little to no knowledge attempted to fix them.

Professional plumbers would advise homeowners to never try to fix plumbing issues on their own if they are uncertain of how to go about them and to call an expert immediately. An expert will come to your aid with all the proper (as well as advanced) tools to diagnose and fix whatever issues you may have.

To help you discern when to call for help, some expert plumbers said their piece about which plumbing jobs can be done with DIY skills, and which ones should be left in the hands of the experts.

1. Do: Fix clogged drains.

Minor plumbing issues like clogged drains can be resolved with the tools you have at home and anybody who’s keen on DIY jobs can unclog a drain in a few minutes. However, plumbing experts advise against using chemical drain cleaners as they contain harsh chemicals that can potentially corrode and damage the pipes. Instead, use a plunger. If that doesn’t cut it, pour a generous amount of baking soda into the drain and allow it to sit for a couple of minutes. Then pour down boiling hot water.

If you have a serious drain problem and your pipes need replaced, don’t hesitate to call a drain service in Toronto.

2. Don’t: Try to replace old/broken pipes.

Pipe work can be difficult to deal with and replacing old, rusty, or corroded pipes can get really messy. Unless you have done this before and you can spot which pipe sections to remove, call in a seasoned plumber to spare yourself the inconvenience.

3. Don’t: Attempt to fix a damaged geyser.

Contact a professional right away when you spot problems with your geyser. A geyser can get broken due to a number of factors like cracks, sediment buildup, faulty lines, or damaged components. For businesses, repairing the geyser is a complex job and, in some cases, may require working with gas lines. Avoid Googling solutions to try to fix it yourself and call a building maintenance in Toronto right at the onset to prevent costly mistakes. 

4. Do: Install a new showerhead. 

Fitting a new showerhead is easy, so this task falls under DIY jobs. Just take note of the type of showerhead you need and purchase it from a local DIY store near you. The store personnel can assist you in choosing the right showerhead and answer your questions.

Installing a new showerhead only takes minutes. Simply unscrew the old one and replace the new. If ever there are minor leaks, you can fix them using a Teflon tape. When choosing your showerhead, make sure to pick a low-flow type as this costs less and it can help you cut back on your utility bills.

5. Do: Repair a running toilet.

You probably haven’t tried it before, but fixing a running toilet is quick and easy, especially if the cause of the problem is a malfunctioning flapper or ball in the cistern.

To deal with this problem, reposition the flapper or ball in a way that it covers the water inlet properly. If that doesn’t work, head to a local DIY store and purchase the parts that need replaced.


Published by Mohaned Gadnne