Several Simple DIY Plumbing Tips

When it comes to domestic plumbing, there are different things you can do on your own and save time and money in doing so. To this end, here are several simple tips that can help you solve some common household plumbing problems. Most of them involve the use of things that cost next to nothing and are way cheaper than a costly service call.
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Sink Sprayer

If you want to prevent sprayer snarls, you should make use of pipe insulation. In case you have to jiggle the hose when pulling out the kitchen sink sprayer, the odds are that the hose will be catching on the shut-off valves. Pour in a centimeter or so of foam pipe insulation over the shut-off handles and pipes to ensure smooth operation, tapping it if won’t stay put.

Creaking Pipes

Running hot water can easily cause copper pipes to expand and consequently grind against joists and pipe hangers. You probably didn’t know that those utterly irritating creaking pipes can be silenced by wrapping them in an adhesive-backed felt, cut it into strips, available at every hardware store. Once you’ve cut the felt, remove all hangers and wrap the pipes prior to refastening the hangers.

Loud Sinks

In order to deaden sounds in loud sinks, the space between the two stainless steel sink basins should be filled with expanding foam. This foam will deaden vibrations, lessening the gong effect. Although it is possible to perform this with your sink in place, it is much easier and neater do to it before installation. In any case, you should let the foam harden, and then remove the excess with a blade.

Drain Vacuum

When a hard object as a comb, toothbrush or toy plugs a drain or toilet, you often can’t solve this issue with a plunger, as it might push the obstruction even deeper. Instead, you should use a wet/dry shop vacuum in order to suck out both the water and the obstruction. Check out this video to learn more about this issue.

Pipe Orienteering

You can make use of a strong magnet if you need to locate hidden pipes. When attempting to find the exact location of a pipe under the floor, simply attach a neodymium (rare earth) magnet to an electrical fish tape and insert it into the drain lines through the cleanout plug. Using an ordinary compass, which will go wild when it detects the strong magnet, locate the magnet and the pipe under the floor.

Sink Trap Removal
Before removing a sink trap, you should give the drain several plunges with a toilet plunger, as this will remove most of the water from the trap, reducing the mess when the trap is pulled. In case you have a double sink, make sure to plug the other drain so as to contain the air pressure. You will have to hold the strainer down while plunging the drain if it is a screw-down type of strainer.

Bucket Flush

There’s no need for you to run to your neighbor’s house during a plumbing project to get water. Before turning off the water supply line, fill a few buckets with water. When you need to flush the toilet, simply pour the water in the bowl. One bucket is enough for one flush, and it works the same as the ordinary method – the only difference is that it won’t refill the bowl.

As you can see, there are small plumbing tasks you can do yourself to save money. What’s more, there are even certain plumbing companies that will provide you with advice free of charge if you are up to a bit of DIY.

Author Bio: Lillian Connors is a blogger and home improvement enthusiast ever so keen on doing various DIY projects around her house and passionately writing about them. She is also an online marketing consultant, closely collaborating with a number of companies from all over the globe. You can check her out on G+, Facebook and Twitter.