Top 10 plumbing repairs

The Top 10 Do It Yourself Plumbing Repairs

Save your money and time by doing these simple plumbing repairs yourself. These repairs are completely Do It Yourself and require only a basic set of tools and skills.

1. How to Repair Your Kitchen tap?

You can fix almost every dripping kitchen tap in under an hour as it is easier than you think, even for a plumbing beginner like yourself. Doing your own repair may seem challenging, but once you learn the basics, modern taps are pretty easy to repair.

Before you begin, examine it closely to determine where the leak is and turn off the water supply. After you turn off the water, open the tap in the centre position to relieve the pressure. Cover the drain with old rags to avoid losing any small parts. Inspect the interior of the valve for bits of residue or mineral deposits. Use a cloth to clean the surface. Before you replace old parts and reassemble the tap, open the water to remove the debris that has been loosened during the cleaning.

After your tap is reassembled, slowly open the valves to turn on the water. Leave the tap open until water flows freely. Well done!

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2. How to Stop Leaks in Plumbing Joints?
The best time to fix a plumbing leak is before it happens. A leaking plumbing connection can not only increase your utility bills, but waste a valuable natural resource. Threaded pipe fittings will leak if they are not sealed correctly. A common mistake made by people is using plumber’s putty instead of joint compound. Professional plumbers always use pipe joint compound or thread tape to the fittings before connecting them to seal the joints.

Follow these simple steps to stop leaks from occurring in your plumbing joints:

  • Turn off the water.
  • Cut the pipe on either side of the leaking joint at least 1 inch away from the fitting.
  • Disconnect the leaking joint and hold one side of the fitting firmly while turning the other side counter clockwise.
  • Clean both the male and female fitting’s threads, using a wire brush to remove old pipe compound, corrosion and debris.
  • Apply a generous coat of pipe joint compound to the threads on the male fitting. If you are using thread tape instead, wrap the male threads with several layers.
  • Thread the male fitting into the female fitting and tighten by using adjustable wrenches or pliers.
  • Install a coupling to reconnect the pipes in the appropriate manner.
  • Turn on the water supplying the joint to test for leaks.
3. How to Find and Repair Hidden Plumbing Leaks?
How can you discover these hidden leaks? Easy, simply use your water meter. Here is the easy tutorial how to do it yourself:

  • Turn off all water-using appliances in your home.
  • Locate your water meter and record the number.
  • Do not use any water for at least couple of hours.
  • Check your water meter once again. If the number that you have written down before has increased, you have a leak somewhere.
4. How to Stop a Running Toilet

First, start jiggling the toilet handles. If this stops the running, you must adjust the lift chain inside the tank. The chain could be wrapped around the lift arm and you may need to move the position of the chain on the arm. The float must be slightly above the water’s level. If it’s not adjust the arm on the float until the float rests where the water level is about 1/2″ below the top of the overflow pipe.

If the toilet is still running, try using a dye tablet. You just flush and drop tablet in the tank when the water begins to fill. Water in the tank is now coloured, so you can see if your tank is leaking.

Sometimes the flapper valve doesn’t seal the tank properly. Then you need turn off the shut-off valve below the tank and flush it. When the tank is empty, remove the flapper and replace it with a new one. If the flapper valve seat is cracked, you must replace the whole unit. You just need to follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
If the flapper valve and seat are in order and your toilet is still running, the ball-cock assembly may need replacing. First, you must empty the tank and then replace using a ball-cock assembly kit.

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5. How to Fix a Clogged Toilet?

Flush only once, because if the toilet becomes clogged, you can cause the bowl to overflow. If you can see the cause of the clog, you can put on a pair of rubber gloves and remove it from the toilet if it is possible. Also, you must protect the floor to minimise the potential damage. Turn on the ventilation or open a window to minimise potentially toxic fumes from chemical products you will use. Pour half a bucket of tap-hot water and soap from about waist level into the bowl, because the weight of the water can help to clear the clog. Let the water and dish soap sit for a few minutes. If the water has not gone down, try to move on the plunging method. If your plunger is not making a tight seal, try wrapping a rag around the end of the plunger and press down on any leaks. Insert the plunger into the bowl and press down firmly but slowly. The plunger should be submerged in water to be effective. It is important to be pushing and pulling with water, not air.

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6. How to Remove a Stuck Cleanout Plug?
Apply heat to the cleanout plug and fitting to soften the old pipe dope. If that doesn’t work, wait for the pipe to cool, apply rust remover, and then apply double hammer blows around the fitting and the vibrations from the shocks can break up the corrosion and allow the rust remover to do its work. If the plug unsteams, go ahead and snake the line. Buy a plastic plug and coat the threads with Teflon paste before installing. Then snug it up with slip joint pliers.
7. How to Unclog a Bathtub Drain without Using Chemicals?
You will need:

  • 1/2 cup baking soda
  • 1 cup vinegar
  • 1 gallon boiling water

Carefully put all of the baking soda down the drain. Pour in 1/2 of the vinegar, covering the hole so the fizz is forced down. Add the second half of the vinegar, following the same procedure. Allow sitting for 15 minutes or so, and then flush with an entire gallon of boiling water.

We have used this method multiple times and it never failed. For particularly troublesome stoppage, you may have to repeat the procedure.

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8. How to Fix a Leaking Water Heater?
If the problem appears to be minor, and you have experience doing your own home plumbing repairs, you may choose to fix your hot water yourself.

Is your hot water leaking from the cold water inlet and the hot water outlet connections?

Check the points at which the inlet and the outlet pipes connect to the hot water at the top of the unit. A leak here, if minor, may require no more than the tightening of a loose connection with a pipe wrench. Anything more significant than that will require a professional repair.

Is your hot water leaking from the temperature and pressure relief valve?

A leak from the temperature and pressure relief valve may be caused by excessive pressure inside the tank or overheating. Put a bucket or container under the discharge tube and open the valve by pulling the tab on the valve up so it’s pointing straight out. This will flush the valve out and remove any debris that may be causing it to work improperly. If after flushing the valve it is still leaking you will need to replace it

Before replacing the valve you’ll need to drain your hot water tank. There is no need to empty the tank completely. Once your hot water tank has been drained, go to your sink or bathtub and open the faucet on the hot water side to let air into the tank. Then, grab the valve with a pair of channel locks and turn it counter clockwise until the valve comes off. Take your new valve and wrap the threads with Teflon tape four or five times. Make sure you wrap it tightly and work the tape right into the grooves. After this is done, steam the new valve into the hot water, using the channel locks to turn it three or four times until it is securely in place.

9. How to Fix a Water Softener?

Turn off the water. This is done by shutting the bypass valve into position and unplugging the unit from the electric power source. Disconnect the unit from your plumbing and move it out to where you will have room to work. Remove the riser tube and the cylinder. Just tip it over and dump out the resin. After you have emptied your cylinder rinse it out using your hose to remove all of the old resin left in it. Next, reinstall the riser tube into the resin tank. Place the cylinder back in the salt tank area and move the unit back into position to reconnect it to the main system.

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10. How to Replace a Shutoff Valve?
Follow the below steps to easily replace your shutoff valve:

  1. Disconnect the water supply leading to the valve being replaced.
  2. Use old rags to clean the pipe on either side of the old valve.
  3. Cut through the pipe on each side of the old valve with a mini hacksaw.
  4. Slip new valve into place between the new pipe ends.
  5. Hold the valve with pliers and use a wrench to tighten one of the valve’s compression fittings onto one of the pipe ends. Repeat for the other pipe end.
  6. Turn the water back on and check your work for leaks

Congratulations, you are done!

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