Simple Plumbing Every Adult Should Learn To Do On Their Own

Hiring a plumber can be an expensive ordeal that many adults may not have the budget for. More often than not, there are some things that require basic plumbing that anyone can do, without the need to pay a professional. These are a few basics that you should learn to save a few bucks. 


Changing Faucets, Spouts And Other Basic Fixtures

It is not that complicated to learn how to remove a tub spout that's stuck or change a leaky faucet. Most simple fixtures can be changed using common tools such as a wrench, and mostly involve unscrewing and tightening. All you really need to be sure of is that you don’t over tighten anything (you’ll risk breaking it) or keep anything loose (results in a leak). There are hundreds of tutorials online that can teach you how to do these basic fixture changes, and there is no reason to call a plumber for such a simple job.


Shutting Off The Water From the Main Supply

You never want to wait for a plumber after finding a burst pipe. The faster you can shut off the water supply in your home, the less water damage you will need to endure. Be sure to find the main water supply once you move into a new home, because this will save you a lot of money. Even though you’d still be calling a plumber to fix the burst pipe, you will be able to deal with the immediate problem of water damage by yourself. 


Cleaning Your Drain

I am always surprised when I hear that people call in a professional plumber to clean their drain. It is a relatively simple process that can be made even simpler if you stick to a regular schedule. Grocery store isles are lined with products that can help you unclog a drain, and if you prefer the more natural route simply pour in a half cup of baking soda followed by a cup of white vinegar. More often than not, your drain will be unclogged within seconds. 


Unclogging A Toilet

It’s not the most glamorous job, but calling a plumber for a clogged toilet can be an embarrassing ordeal. Before you call a plumber, you should try to unclog the toilet on your own, because more often than not, it’s something trapped in the S shaped trap nearest to the toilet. Just make sure you are using a toilet plunger, which can create more suction to unclog the toilet easier. If you fail, then you can call a plumber knowing you did everything you could. 


If you can learn to do more plumbing tasks on your own, it would be better. But these are the basics that everyone should be able to do without hassle. They don’t require any special skills, and are simple enough for most people to do without a second pair of hands. Look up online video tutorials to learn how to do these, and you should be able to avoid calling a plumber the next time you need it.

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