DIY Plumbing Solutions
Even though we are publishing a DIY here, we generally recommend you calling us for most of your plumbing problems!
When you have a plumbing problem in your home, depending on the severity of it, calling in a professional plumber is often the best idea. However, if you’re feeling confident or you have some DIY skills, there are some solutions to plumbing problems that you can carry out yourself.
It’s always a good idea to have a tool kit in your home filled with a range of different tools. If you think that the problem you are dealing with is too big, and are worried that you could make the matter worse, call in a local plumber; they’ll be able to diagnose any problem and get it repaired as quickly as possible. Below are some DIY solutions to some minor plumbing problems.
Fixing an airlock
If you have an airlock in one of your faucets, the task to cure the problem is quite simple, but it can be time-consuming. One end of a garden hose needs to be connected to the affected faucet, and then the other end needs to be connected to your kitchen’s cold faucet. Both fixtures need to be turned on then left for around 5 minutes. The mains pressure should force the trapped air out. This may need to be repeated a few times until the problem is completely cured.
Fixing a frozen pipe
Pipes in your home that are exposed to low temperatures can often run the risk of freezing. Pipes located in the attic or basement are the ones that will most commonly freeze. The pipes may freeze up and prevent the water from flowing to any outlets or faucets. When a pipe freezes, there is a potential risk of the ice causing the pipe to split.
To help prevent your pipes from freezing and causing damage if you go away over the winter, you will need to set your thermostat to the lowest setting possible – some thermostats have a frost setting. If the temperature is getting close to freezing point, your heating will automatically come on.
If you have a frozen pipe that needs thawing, the best DIY solution is to hold a hair dryer to it. Work your way along the entire pipe until the ice is defrosted and the water can run again. If you aren’t in the mood to hair dryer a pipe, another solution is to place a hot water bottle on the affected area. If excessive heat, for example, fire, is applied to the frozen pipe it can potentially cause it to explode.
Fixing a dripping faucet
A faucet that’s dripping can be incredibly annoying, especially if it’s a faucet in your en suite and you can hear it when you’re trying to get to sleep. Fixing a faucet that is dripping is simple – all you need to do is replace the washers. The washers in the faucet eventually wear out, and this is what causes the faucet to drip water. Once you have replaced the old parts, you can prolong the life of the new ones by trying not to turn off the tap too hard.
If a pipe in your home is leaking or has burst, you need to call in a professional. Before you make the call to your plumber, you firstly want to turn off your power and your water. Electricity and water do not mix, so it’s really important for you to get it turned off. Once the problem has been diagnosed and repaired by the plumber, you need to start the clean up.
Start by mopping up any water; you want to ensure that there has been no water damage caused. You then want to make sure that all of your electrical equipment, switches, sockets, etc. are dry before you turn the electricity back on.