Let’s admit it – there are certain jobs a plumber, handyman, or repair guy will charge you for a lot when in fact you can do them on your own. This is especially true when it comes to plumbing repairs. The thing is as a home or property owner, part of your responsibility is to learn how to fix simple plumbing issues. Yes, you aren’t required to learn if you are willing to pay dollars. This is simply for those who want to be practical by spending their money on something else worthier.
So let’s begin by talking about the most common plumbing problem in the world – a leaky faucet. Watch this video from Lowe’s Home Improvement giving tips on how to fix a leaky faucet with a single handle design:
So if you think there is a need to replace a part, you simply grab that part and then bring it to your nearest home improvement store to get a new one. But if you want a simpler and faster solution, you can just buy a faucet repair kit instead.
At this point, we’re assuming you’ve tried fixing your leaky faucet already. Now the next plumbing repair you should learn is dealing with a clogged drain. Here is what it looks like:
If you are confronted with this kind of problem, don’t fret about it. But you also can’t just sit and wait for water to come down. You have to do something and this something is actually made of up of different kinds of solutions that are so easy that even someone without experience or the proper tools can do it. I stumbled upon this informative post from Wise Bread titled “10 Really Easy Ways to Unclog Drains.” Let’s take a look at the five out of the ten mentioned ways:
The Bent Wire Hanger
Simple enough, but surprisingly effective. Take a regular wire coat hanger and straighten it out as best you can. Then, bend one end over to create a small hook. Push that past the drain cover and start fishing. You should be able to get all sorts of hair and nasty stuff out of the drain. Remember, you always want to be pulling gunk out, not pushing it further. When you’ve got as much out as you can, run the hot water, and it should clear things up nicely.
Baking Soda and Vinegar
Mix 1/3rd of a cup of baking soda with 1/3rd of a cup of vinegar in a measuring cup. It will fizz immediately, and you should waste no time pouring it down the clogged drain. The fizzing action will help to remove the gunk, hair, and grime that has built up in the pipe. Let it sit for one hour or even overnight if you can. Flush with hot water. Alternatively, get as much of the dry baking soda as you can down the drain first, then pour on the vinegar. (See also: 30 Household Products Vinegar Can Replace)
The Wet & Dry Vacuum
If you have a wet & dry shop vacuum, it can become a terrific tool to unclog drains. First, set it to vacuum liquids. Cover up the vent to prevent a mess. Then, create the tightest seal you can over the drain. You may want to get creative and adapt an old plunger head for this purpose. With the vacuum turned on its highest setting, it can be powerful enough to draw the clog up the pipe and into the vacuum bag. It doesn’t always work, but it’s worth a shot.
Tips don’t get any easier than this. Put the kettle on (or use the stove or microwave if you don’t own a kettle) and boil up as much water as it will hold. Now pour it slowly down the drain in two to three stages, allowing the hot water to work for a several seconds in between each pour. This is usually the easiest and quickest way to unclog a drain. If there’s any water left, congratulate yourself with a cup of tea.
Get some rubber gloves and eye protection. Caustic soda (also known as Sodium Hydroxide) can cause nasty chemical burns. You can pick some up from your local hardware store, but always use caution handling it. Pour 3/4 gallon of cold water into a mop bucket, and then add 3 cups of caustic soda. Stir it well with an old wooden spoon. It will begin to fizz and heat up. Pour it into the clogged drain and leave for 20-30 minutes, then flush the drain with boiling water. Repeat if necessary.
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By the looks of it, all those ways are ideally possible for you to emulate considering that they don’t really require special tools or machines for that matter. Keep in mind that you are doing this for the very purpose of saving on the money you usually pay for plumbing and handyman services.