It’s fair to say that plumbing and DIY don’t always go well together and it pays to know your limitations when it comes to working with water and other potential hazards, but there are still plenty of jobs you can tackle with confidence and a bit of know-how.
Here is a look at some of the DIY plumbing jobs you probably don’t need to call a plumber out for, including a handy checklist of tools you need to have to hand.
The right tools for the job
The key to making sure your DIY plumbing work goes smoothly is to have the right tools and accessories in your toolbox so that you don’t get stuck when carrying out some basic plumbing repairs.
A variety of spanners and an adjustable wrench are always good additions to your toolbox and you can get an idea of what you need from a site like RS Components. In addition, a selection of screwdrivers, some pliers, a good utility knife, and some plumbing tape should also be on your list, together with a caulking gun so you can finish the job off neatly at the end.
Sorting out a leaky faucet
There are various different types of faucets around so the trick to this job is knowing which one you are dealing so you have a clear idea of how it comes apart.
If you are trying to resolve a slow drip problem that is most likely going to mean that the washer needs replacing rather than the faucet being broken and needing to be replaced completely.
Replacing a washer is very inexpensive and there are tons of instructional videos online to check out, so find the model and type of faucet you have got and follow some guidance on how to prepare and carry out this relatively simple task.
Fixing a drain problem
Another classic plumbing problem where you might be tempted to call in a professional for help is when your drains are running slow or clogged completely.
This is another job that you can often do yourself without the expense of calling a plumber out.
To clear debris caught in your drains a sink plunger or a cable auger to snake the drain can often do the trick, but if you have plumbing vent issues you should consider calling out a professional as it can be hazardous working with fumes.
Once you have fixed the problem try to be proactive about ensuring the drains stay clear in the future. You can do this by putting a mixture of baking soda and vinegar down to keep your drains running freely, as natural solvents are much kinder to your pipework than chemical drain cleaning products.
Other simple plumbing fixes that should be within your scope include replacing a shower head and fixing a running toilet by replacing the internal parts by reading a set of easy-to-follow instructions.
Some plumbing tasks are best left to a pro but there are plenty of minor repairs and issues that you should be able to do yourself.