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7 DIY Plumbing Tips for Beginners

Tired of dealing with clogged drains or leaky faucets? We totally get it! If you’re onto a journey of DIY plumbing, here are some tips to save you from mistakes and headaches.

Whether you're dealing with a leaky tap, a toilet that won't stop running, or a drain that's clogged, knowing a few basics can save you from calling a plumber for small issues. Here are seven easy DIY plumbing tips to get you started.

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  • Get to Know Your Pipes

Before you start any plumbing work, it’s a good idea to understand how your home's water system works. Find the main water shut-off valve to save yourself from sudden flooding. Some homeowners often forget to turn it off, so they ended up with a sudden burst of water. Nobody wants an instant pool inside the house!

  • Gather Some Basic Tools

You don't need a lot of fancy equipment to handle simple plumbing tasks. A few essentials include a wrench, a plunger, some plumber's tape (also known as Teflon tape), and a drain snake. If you have these handy somewhere in your garage, you’ll find it easier to do minor plumbing work.

  • Be Gentle with Clogged Drains

Clogged drains happen, especially if you accidentally let solid items drain down. Before you pour harsh chemicals down the drain, try using a plunger or a drain snake. These tools can often fix the problem without damaging your pipes. Chemical cleaners might seem an easy way out, but they can hurt your pipes and the environment over time.

  • Learn How to Use Plumber's Tape

Plumber's tape helps stop leaks by sealing the threads on pipe joints. When you use it, make sure to wrap it around the threads the same way they turn when you screw on the fitting. This helps make a tight seal and prevents leaks.

  • Fixing Drippy Faucets

A dripping faucet is often due to a worn-out washer or O-ring. Learning how to replace these can stop the drip and save water. You can find replacement washers and O-rings at any hardware store, and there are lots of guides and videos online that show you what to do.

  • Don't Ignore Slow Drains

If your drain isn’t working as fast as it used to, it might be starting to clog. Fixing it early can stop a full blockage. Try using a mix of baking soda and vinegar, followed by hot water, to clear out the buildup and keep things moving smoothly.

  • Know When to Call a Plumber

Sometimes, a plumbing problem is too big or complicated to handle on your own. Under the Australian law, there is certain repair work that you can do and can’t do. It all depends on every state, but it’s essential to learn what you can only work on and when you need to call a plumber.

If you run into something that feels too difficult, like a big leak, a serious clog, or trouble with your water heater, it’s better to call a professional plumber.

To Wrap It Up

Tackling your own plumbing repairs can be rewarding and help you save money. Start with easy fixes to build your confidence and skills. Just remember, the key to good DIY plumbing is knowing what you can do, having a bit of patience, and understanding when it’s time to call in the pros. With these seven tips, you'll be on your way to handling basic plumbing tasks on your own.

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