What You Need To Know About DIY Plumbing

What You Need To Know About DIY Plumbing

Dec 6, 2021, 4:04:14 PM Life and Styles

Some people think doing your own plumbing is frightening. Even the most experienced do-it-yourself (DIY) enthusiasts have experienced a horror story here and there. It can be galling to suffer from a plumbing disaster that you caused. So what we will do in this article is go through some of the dos and don’t of DIY plumbing so you can make a more informed decision about whether or not you want to do your own plumbing and if so, how to succeed.

Tasks You Can Do Yourself

A lot of plumbing jobs can be done by the DIY enthusiast. You just need a few tools, mostly inexpensive, and tackle problems such as leaky faucets, clogged drains, leaks under sinks, or problematic toilets.

Tools You Need for DIY Plumbing

A basin wrench and a drain auger are the plumbing tools every DIY enthusiast needs. The rest of the tools you need are probably already in your tool kit, such as large channel lock pliers, pliers, a hacksaw, an adjustable wrench and some screwdrivers. A pair of needle nose pliers are often pretty useful when doing DIY plumbing.

As you gain experience, you can start to accumulate more plumbing tools. You can start to add some pipe wrenches, pipe cutters, strap wrenches, and some fixture specific tools. 

Some Maintenance Tips

Many plumbing problems are a result of a failure to conduct simple maintenance. For example, you should add lint traps to clothes washer discharge hoses, and continuously replace or even clean any dirty ones. This will ensure that your laundry drains are less likely to experience clogging.

You can deal with other drains around the house by disassembling the p-trap just under the sink and then snaking out a few feet of drain pipe. This is a pretty straightforward task that prevents much bigger problems later on.

If you regularly treat your faucet aerators and showerheads with calcium and lime buildup remover, you can keep your water flowing freely.

Things to Know About Chemical Clog Removers

Chemical clog removers are generally unsafe to use, because of their toxicity. They can also damage your seals, pipes and porcelain fixtures. Rather than using a chemical clog remover, you should use a drain auger. However, there are times where chemical clog removers can be useful. You can make kitchen drain clogs even worse when you have cooking grease in your pipes. Cooking grease is thick and very hard to remove manually. A chemical drain clog remover can come in handy because they can break these clogs up. You should use chemical drain clog removers sparingly and only under such special conditions.

Avoiding Plumbing Disasters

The best advice anyone will give you is that you should watch what you put in your drain. The next most important tip is that you should regularly conduct maintenance work. You should also regularly clean out your drains and keep an eye on your exposed plumbing fittings. Keep a look out for any discoloration or mineral deposits that indicate that something is wrong. Just observing your pipe fittings will tell you if there is something that needs attention, long before there’s a big problem.

Water heaters are often a source of problems. You should flush out your water heater every year and change its anode rod every few years. Unless you are very experienced, you should get your plumber in Toronto to change the anode rod. It's better to pay a plumber to take care of your water heater than to call your plumber when there’s a massive problem caused by your water heater failing. The costs of dealing with a failing water heater far outweigh what you’d have paid a plumber to help you maintain your water heater. 

Published by Jacob Maslow

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