5 Plumbing Tasks a Homeowner Can Handle

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As homeowners we like to think we can handle most minor repairs ourselves and of course we like to save the money that a plumber would charge. How-to videos on the internet are really helpful resources for just about everything.

One task that is fairly easy for homeowners is changing out a faucet for either the bathroom or kitchen sink. The first and most important step is to turn off the water to the house. Next you would remove the old faucet and pop-up drain. If the new faucet comes with a rubber gasket you would put it in place and then set the new faucet on the gasket. If it does not come with a gasket you would use caulk to secure the faucet in place. Installing the pop-up drain would be next and then you would hook the water supply up. All that is left would be to turn the water supply back on and enjoy your new faucet.

Another common plumbing problem is a non-functioning disposal. Many people do not realize that a garbage disposal has a reset button. Many times the reset button has been tripped and the disposal has stopped working. This would require clearing as much garbage as possible from the disposal and pushing the reset button. It is always important to run a sufficient amount of water while using the disposal in order to keep it from clogging up.

When you realize that your toilet won’t stop running your first reaction might be to panic. The first thing you will need to do is to look inside the tank. Check to see if the chain is connected to the flush leaver. If that is not the problem it could that the rubber flapper is broken at the hinge or it is warped and therefore causing the problem. You will need to flush and drain the toilet tank in order to replace the flapper. Another cause of the toilet running might be that the float is in need of adjusting. This can be remedied by bending the piece connected to it so it will shut off at the proper water level. 

This procedure will cover slow moving or clogged drains, whether it be in your kitchen or bathroom. We all want to be as earth friendly as possible and this method will meet that criteria. The first step is to put a good sized pan or kettle of water on to boil. Next you will pour 1/2 cup of baking soda into the drain and let it sit for around ten minutes. You will then mix 1 cup of vinegar and one cup of the boiling water and pour it down the drain. Put the plug in the sink or bathtub and let it sit for about ten minutes. You may then remove the plug and pour the boiling water down the drain. This should flush out the clog. If this doesn’t work completely you might repeat the process after about an hour. This method can be used monthly to prevent drain clogs. 

leaky faucet starts small so most of us try to ignore it as long as we can. Finally it gets bad enough that we decide we need to fix it. The internet can be a great resource for how to determine what the problem is and how to fix it. A number of small things can cause a faucet to leak. Sometimes the washer wears out or the seals could be so worn they are causing the leak. The o rings that hold the faucet handles in place is another small but important thing that could cause the leak. The valve seat can become corroded. You will need to determine which problem you are experiencing and replace the corresponding part to fix your leak.

If you have no experience with basic home maintenance you will probably start out very intimidated, but by the time you have determined what the problem is and have made the repair you will be ready to take on other routine maintenance chores. Think of the money you can save by not having to call a plumber.

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