plumbing for beginners

When it comes to sorting things out in your home, we do not always necessarily know what we are doing. Especially when it comes to plumbing, there are a number of things you should know before you start any plumbing job around your home. Read on to find out our top plumbing tips for beginners.

Our top plumbing tips

If you are ready to become a DIY plumbing expert, you should know what you should be looking for and the preparation you need to take before doing it. While there are certain jobs, you may still require a plumber for there are a few that you could save a few pounds on by doing yourself.

Toilet

When it comes to your toilet most of the problems are relatively easy to fix, and will not take you a considerable amount of time to sort out. You may feel a little alarmed when it comes to fixing piping for your shower or sink, but when it comes to fixing your toilet, there actually is not much you can damage. Replacing the flapper on your toilet or even the handle is relatively easy and will not take you long at all. Worn flappers on the toilet (this can often be what stops your toilet from flushing sufficiently) over time to become worn and tired so every couple of years will need replacing. Here we have come up with a step by step guide on easy fixes for a stuck toilet flush handle which will go through everything you need when it comes to fixing the toilet.

toilet in grey bathroom

Clogged Drains

If you have been in the shower and the water seems to be sitting around our ankles and not draining properly rather then calling a plumber to come out and assist you there are a number of home remedies and home plumbing essentials you can use to help you unclog the drain.

One of the best home remedies you can use is baking soda and vinegar. If you don’t mind the smell, then this little trick can often work wonders on your drains. To first ensure the hair, gunk and grime are sufficiently lubricated you will want to pour boiling water down the drain as it can move those stubborn bits of dirt that simply do not want to budge. You will then want to look at placing around a third of the bottle of baking soda into the drain and let this sit for around 10-15 minutes. Now, this is where the chemical reaction happens, pour one cup of vinegar into the drain. Once you have done this, we highly recommend placing the plug over the top of the drain to prevent any of the gunk from coming back up the drain. Once the reaction has stopped fizzing and made its way down the drain, you will then want to flush it with boiling water.

Alternatively, if you find that there are large clumps of hair stuck in the drain, then you may want to consider using a hanger to pull out any of those stubborn pieces of hair that will not move. If you do not have a wire hanger to use, you could also look at purchasing a wire pipe cleaner, we recommend if you have a household full of girls, this is an essential.

By staying on top of regular drain cleaning, you will also notice that your drains start to become easier to clear away water and soap suds.

clogged drains

Showerhead

If you are experiencing a showerhead which is dripping a considerable amount, then it can be a real pain. It normally occurs when the treads on the screw have become worn and are no longer connecting tightly. There is a simple fix for this you can either take it apart place tape inside the showerhead then reattach it; this will mean the leak is less likely to occur.

You may also find the reason why your showerhead is leaking is that it is filled with limescale which can often be more prevalent in hard water regions. Kilrock is one of the best brands to removing limescale, we highly recommend it to most of our clients as it tends to work in minutes and can take your white covered shower head to looking brand new again. Simply place the solution and hot water into a bucket and place the showerhead within it, it will start to fizz away. We would suggest doing this in a well-ventilated room or even outside if you can as the smell is very strong. One all limescale has been removed place the showerhead back onto the shower, and you are ready to go.

shower head

Piping

If for any reason you do have a little trouble with your pipework, and you need to either clear it or replace the piping and are struggling to remove it then we recommend using a little heat. If you want to losen up oil or even remove solidified pipe dope, then you will need to place a blow torch over the area and apply heat. For this to work effectively, then you will want to apply the heat for a couple of minutes. You may also want to look at using a some heat protectant materials around your chosen area as it does get very warm and the last thing you will want to do is damage any walling or bathroom materials.

When do I call a plumber

Unfortunately, there are some plumbing problems you may not be able to fix yourself that may require plumbers Milton Keynes. Plumbers will often have the tools you will not have at home which will help to repair any plumbing issues. If you have a considerable leak or are finding your water is not running properly this will probably be when you need to call a plumber.

We always suggest giving small plumbing jobs a go as it can save you a considerable amount of money. If you have any other home plumbing tips for beginners feel free to share them with us over on our Facebook page.

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