There are a lot of repairs that a DIY enthusiast may want to do on their own. If you are a DIY type of person, being able to do some simple plumbing repairs in your home can save you money, time and headaches. There are some things that you will want to have the help of a professional plumbing service for, but there are also things you can do yourself. Replacing the pea-trap under a sink, remove a clog in a drain and insulating pipes are all things you can do yourself. Here are four simple plumbing repairs that you can do around your home:
1. Replacing The Pea-Trap On Sinks
The pea-trap in your kitchen sink is the snake shaped piece of pipe that connects to the drain. It catches debris like your wedding ring when it falls down the sink. You may want to replace it because it is old or leaking. You can replace it by just cutting the old one out and using a couple of rubber couplings to install a new one. There are some that have screw caps at the bottom, which can be really handy if you lose anything like a ring in the sink, or to be able to clean the debris that is clogging the kitchen sink.
2. Snaking Hair And Debris From Bathroom Drains
The drains in the bathroom are another area in your home where you can have problems with the plumbing. Hair, soup debris and toys, can all contribute to the problem of clogged bathroom sinks. To fix this problem, a simple plumber's snake can be used. You can get small snakes from any hardware store that you can use to get the debris out of your plumbing. If the manual snake is not long enough, you may want to call a professional plumber, but usually a small snake will do the trick for unclogging a bathtub or shower.
3. Insulating Exterior Plumbing Lines For Your Home
Any of the plumbing lines on the exterior walls of your home that are not protected with insulation can be a problem. In cold weather, these lines can potentially freeze and burst, which can cause a lot of water problems. To prevent these problems, you can easily add plumbing insulation to the lines. The insulation comes in different sizes of lines, and you just slip it over the pipe. To hold it in place, use zip ties or electrical tape around the insulation every few feet. You can also do this to the hot water lines in your home, which will help to reduce heat loss, and increase efficiency of your hot water heater. For hot water lines, you will want to make sure that you use an insulation that is rated for higher temperatures.
4. Replacing Plumbing Fixtures Yourself
You may also want to have some of the plumbing fixtures in your home replaced, which can also be a simple job to do. You will first want to make sure that the water service is turned off to the line before you begin. With the water off, turn the water on all the faucets near where you are replacing the fixture. This will help to ensure that there is no water in the line when you are replacing the faucet. Many faucets will just unscrew from the plumbing, and you will be able to easily remove them and install the new one. You may need to take the old fixture to the hardware store to find an adapter if the fittings for the new one do not match. The new one should just screw on like the old one. You will want to make sure you put all the gaskets on the faucet, and you may want to add Teflon tape to the threads on plumbing fixtures to help prevent water leaks.
These are some of the plumbing repairs that you may want to do yourself around your home. If you need help with any of these repairs, or have a job that is too big, contact a professional plumbing service to help you get the job done.