Plumbers are highly skilled and well trained professionals that are very good at what they do. They make such things as fixing broken pipes and getting out clogs in sewer drains seem much easier than they really are to do. Many are available 24 hours a day 7 days a week on an emergency basis for you too. With that being said, there are some plumbing repairs that you can do yourself pretty easily without the help of these skilled tradesman. Here are some examples of do it yourself plumbing tasks:
DIY Plumbing: Dripping Sinks
Not only can that constant drip from your kitchen or bathroom faucet add up to a little bit of money over time from the water loss but it can also be downright annoying too. No need to fret over this and call a plumber because the problem can usually be resolved with installing a replacement O-ring on the handle and near the nozzle itself.
If you are mechanically inclined at all it is pretty easy to do just by looking at the fixture to see how you can accomplish this do it yourself plumbing task. Both the nozzle tip and the handle area come apart very easily to expose the O-rings. Take the old O-rings you removed to your local hardware or home improvement center to match them up and get replacements. Once you get back to your home, just reinstall the new O-rings and then reverse the process you used to take the handle and nozzle apart.
DIY Plumbing: Constantly Running Toilet
There are few things in your house that are used on a regular basis more than your toilet. When you combine this with the fact that many of the parts in the tank are immersed in water that may not be perfectly balanced, it’s no wonder the guts of the toilet need replacing from time to time. Once again this job goes into the category of do it yourself plumbing, so there is no need to call a professional just yet.
The inner guts of the plumbing in your toilet tank usually are put together in sections so they can be easily replaced. No matter what your problem is (constantly running toilet, won’t fill up or won’t flush when called upon) it can usually be remedied by replacing a few parts that will come in a convenient kit you can buy at your local hardware store or home improvement center. Try to take as much apart inside your toilet tank as you can and bring it with you to the store so you can get the correct replacement parts.
It is best to replace anything that is included in the kit because if one part stopped working more are sure to follow. Read the instructions on the package before installing and you should be able to easily accomplish this task even with little or no plumbing knowledge.
The general rule is if a do it yourself plumbing task seems like it is asking too much from your limited ability, it probably is and then it’s best that you call a professional plumber to do the job for you.