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.
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!
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.
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.
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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