Easy Plumbing Hacks that won’t Break the Bank
Plumbing, it rarely crosses your mind unless you have a clogged drain. On the other hand, contractors are continually thinking about it to avoid plumbing mistakes.
So, what is plumbing? Wikipedia defines it as any system that conveys fluids for a wide range of applications. Plumbing can be broken down into two major categories;
- Industrial plumbing. Which deals with massive systems like those in hydroelectric power plants. Such systems have high grades for pipes and fixtures because of increased usage and demand. They have a complex architecture that might have more than 1000 meters of pipes.
- Domestic plumbing. This includes small systems, like those we use in our houses. They consist of water heaters, drains, sewer lines, sink, showers, etc. such systems are not complicated and have little potential for damage.
Plumbing might seem like a challenge, but if you break down the tasks, you find out it’s not that difficult. We will show you some budget-friendly plumbing tips that will work for you and any DIY enthusiast.
Since few of us have access to industrial plumbing systems, we will stick to domestic plumbing today. Now let’s look at some common issues we might face with our plumbing.
Common Plumbing Issues
- Leaking pipes and faucets.
- Low pressure
- Water heater issues
- Running and clogged toilets
- Waste disposal malfunctions
Depending on the complexity of the problem, the approach for the fix might vary. Here are some easy fixes you can do yourself;
- Make random checks on your water heater. Ensure it runs as specified, and no issues are apparent. If you think it’s time to upgrade or replace, please do. You don’t want it breaking down when you most need it.
- Clogged drains? Simple. Use a wire hook to get those locks of hair in the shower drain, and a plunger to make all the food particles in the kitchen sink disappear.
- Low-pressure issues can be solved by checking and removing constrictions on flexible pipes. Making sure your shut-off valves are entirely open might also solve this problem.
- To fix a running toilet, first, check the flapper and make sure it works properly. Then check the fill valve for a leak, and replace it if you notice one.
- Garbage disposal equipment is best left to the professionals. Although jammed ones can be fixed with a simple wrench, anything more complex will require you to call a plumber.
Plumbing Top Tips
- Keep a spare part under the sink. It doesn’t matter where you place it, but having an extra spare of an item known to fail will help. You never know when your faucet will tap-out. If only you had a spare to quickly swap it with.
- Use the correct equipment. Whether materials or tools, the specified item should be used. Steel pipes respond differently to copper pipes. Always use the right tools, like the DeWalt hammer drill, for making voids in walls where pipes are to be fixed. This will save you the cost of having to repair the wall.
- Know when to call a professional. At first, it started as a quick fix for a leaking pipe. Next thing you know, a pipe is missing, the joints won’t fit, and the kitchen is slowly starting to flood. Swapping pipes and tightening up leaking joints is all good. However, it’s advised that you call a plumber when you have to deal with water heater issues and pressurized systems.
- Spend money wisely. The most expensive is not necessarily the best. Also, be sure to get a fair price from a reputable plumber.
As we have seen, plumbing need not be a nightmare, and neither should it cost you an arm and a leg. As long as we keep everything well maintained and fix problems before they compound, we should be just fine.
What plumbing hacks do you know? Are you more likely to call a plumber or use these plumbing ideas to attempt a fix yourself?
Kevin is a content writer for about 3 years. He studied Design and Arts at College in Pennsylvania. A fan of home interior design and, he has taken it upon himself to spread his love for decorating homes by informing people on some of his ideas through his articles.