Common DIY Plumbing Repairs



Do you have a leaking toilet, a sink, or some other plumbing problem? Are you thinking about calling a plumber? If you don’t feel comfortable doing repairs on your own, by all means, call a plumber. There’s nothing worse than someone trying to fix something they’re not confident in fixing. This kind of repair often leads to disappointment and can make the situation worse. This article is for the DIY plumbers out there. If that’s you, today’s post is for you. We’re going to look at common DIY repairs that every homeowner should know how to do. After reading this article, you should feel confident when you tackle these common repairs.



How To Remove A Sink Trap


The sink trap is the crook in the pipes underneath your sink. Often, the trap is shaped like a J, S, or P. You’ll want to remove the trap if you’re experiencing a clog, leak, or dropped something of value down the drain. Keep on reading to learn how to remove a sink trap the right way.


1.) First, you’ll want to grab a small basin or bucket to put under the pipe. This will catch any water or debris that’s sitting in the pipes.


2.) Sink traps have threaded ends. So, you’ll need to unscrew the nuts on the top and bottom before removing them. Pro tip: if the nut is stubborn, you can use an adjustable wrench and rag to loosen. Although, take care not to break the plastic nuts by twisting too hard. 


3.) Pull the trap down until it’s free and clear out any debris with a screwdriver or other object. Next, rise it out with a hose.


4.) Now that it’s cleaned out, reattach the trap and tighten the nuts on the top and bottom.



How To Fix Low Water Pressure


Trying to take a shower under a trickle of water is frustrating. Here are some tips on how to fix low water pressure.


Check the water pressure at the outside spigot with a pressure gauge. Attach the gauge to the faucet and turn it on all the way. Now, check the aerators on all of your fixtures. Then, if any aerators are clogged with mineral deposits, put them in a bowl of hot water and vinegar. This will break up the deposits and allow you to rinse them off.

If your water pressure is still low after cleaning all the fixtures, you need to call your municipal water service. They may have more insight as to what is going on. Also, you can increase water pressure next to the meter. There is a cone-shaped valve that you need to turn clockwise. Once you do this, you need to make sure the water pressure is within code requirements for your area. If you’re unsure what to do, you should consult a plumber.


More To Come

So, this is the first in a series of posts about common plumbing issues that homeowners should know how to handle. Check in every week to stay up to date on all our plumbing content.