DIY Home Plumbing Projects

It’s a nice idea to hire a plumber for chores around your home because they can complete the work quickly, which is necessary when the repair is time-sensitive. In addition, plumbers are qualified experts with extensive expertise who perform this work daily and are familiar with plumbing regulations. Therefore, they are accustomed to managing your repairs. However, a plumber isn’t necessarily necessary for every project. A majority of householders can complete some do-it-yourself plumbing projects.

Upgrade a toilet

Toilets can be replaced if they can be moved. After all, replacing a toilet involves several difficult steps. It only requires cleaning the closet flange, installing the new wax ring, and installing the new toilet once the old one has been removed. You may practically start using the bathroom after tightening the bolts at the base and connecting the water supply. The only potential problem is if the existing closet flange is so rusty that it cannot be reused. To install a fresh closet flange on a concrete slab floor in that situation, you might wish to engage a plumber. If your subfloor is made of wood, a new closet flange installation is a DIY undertaking.

Put in a dishwasher

Installing a dishwasher is similar to replacing a toilet, involving putting the large appliance into place rather than intricate plumbing connections. The current dishwasher must first be removed. Make the electrical, water supply, and drainage connections next, keeping the new dishwasher nearby but out of the installation bay.

Improve Pipe Insulation

The heat of the water in the supply tubes is beneficially preserved by foam pipe insulation. You will waste less water the next time you draw from a sink, shower, or bathtub’s hot water side since you won’t have to wait long for the hot water to arrive. It would help if you covered any exposed hot water supply pipes you notice with low-cost foam pipe insulation.

Installing or Changing a Garbage Disposal

The project’s literal heavy lifting occurs when you install or replace a garbage disposer on your own. The weight of a unit might range from 10 to 15 pounds, even 20 pounds. The disposer is much easier to secure to the bottom of the sink if you have a companion to hold it while you do it.

Repairing a Pipe

When a plumbing pipe breaks, it’s simple to become anxious. However, the first thing to remember is that your house always has a primary shut-off valve situated someplace on the house’s exterior. You might find an intermediary shut-off valve next to the broken pipe.

But after that’s done, you’ll have the space and the mental clarity to evaluate the circumstance. You should be able to mend the pipe on your own using only a few basic tools and cheap supplies. Copper pipes that have developed leaks mid-run can be removed by cutting them on both sides of the break. With push-fit fittings or crimp-style connections, PEX plastic pipe can be connected to the copper on both sides. As an alternative, you can choose to install a lever shut-off valve in place of a tube. However, this must be placed in a visible area.

Setup or Replacement of a Faucet Aerator

A little device called a faucet aerator attaches to the end of a faucet and adds air to the water stream. This makes the water feel softer and smoother and simplifies using the water stream. Turn the present faucet aerator counterclockwise to remove it. If the screen is sediment-clogged, tap it until it is clean, then replace it. Otherwise, faucet aerators are reasonably priced enough that installing a new one is frequently worthwhile.

Showerhead replacement

A whole showerhead replacement can be carried out by hand. Turn the showerhead outward with your hand while standing on a dry, level area in front of the showerhead. Channel-lock pliers can be used to start it if you do need help. After wrapping Teflon tape around the shower discharge pipe clockwise, replace the showerhead.

Improve the pressure of the shower.

Low water pressure in the shower might be irritating when you need to get ready quickly on those mornings. Fortunately, removing your current showerhead, which restricts the flow of water, and installing a new one may be all needed to restore the water pressure. If the showerhead is clogged with sediment, you can soak it in vinegar.

Tub Drain Replacement or Resealing

A screwdriver and pliers are required to remove the tub drain and run down to the hardware or home center if you have time to buy a tub drain removal tool. Turn the drain out carefully in the opposite direction, then put it aside. Before turning the tub drain back into position, apply a product known as plumber’s putty underneath it. The tub will leak if you don’t use this putty. Make sure there is no space between the putty and the tub by taking your time during this phase and being patient.

It is best to push the putty onto the tub surrounding the drain hole in 3/8-inch rope-like segments. After replacing and tightening the drain, use your finger to remove any extra putty. There are certain drains with lever-operated plugs, and in most cases, this lifts off. The rubber gasket can be replaced if the pipe is not holding water well.

Tub Caulking

Occasionally, the caulk around a bathtub will become too moldy and mildewed to clean. Then, the only option is to remove the caulk and re-caulk the area. Make certain that the prior caulk has been completely removed. Painter’s tape should be added on either side of the caulk line to prevent caulk from spreading to the rest of the tile or tub surround. Using a caulking gun, squirt the caulk into the seam and smooth it. Remove the tape before the caulking dries to ensure a nice, even connection.