Plumbing tips for beginners
Here are simple tips and tools to help you in your basic plumbing works.
Learn how your plumbing works
Knowing how your plumbing works at home will help you have a better diagnosis. It will also help determine if you can solve it yourself or you may need to call a professional.
Have the right tool on hand
- A good plunger is the first tool to use for clogged toilets and sinks. A plunger will unplug most clogs, especially in the toilet, but there is a right way to use one.
- Make sure there is enough water in the sink or bowl to submerge the bottom. Compress the plunger slowly, then let it pop up. This draws the clog upward.
Keep a plumbing snake or auger
If the plunger isn’t doing the trick, another option to try is a snake. Made of bendable steel, you maneuver it into a drain to reach deep clogs. It usually has a crank handle that can sometimes be attached to a power drill.
Use caution with chemicals
Most drain-clearing chemicals are made for hair and grease that are fairly shallow in the pipes. But, they can do the trick on that slow-moving kitchen sink. Store them safely, wear goggles and gloves when you use them and avoid any action that could cause the chemicals to splash back at you. Follow the instructions on the bottle exactly to avoid damaging the pipes. Some drain clearing products can’t be used with septic systems or in toilets.
When to call a plumber
Some plumbing problems are caused by a bigger, more complex issue, like improper venting or corroded pipes. So if your DIY efforts aren’t working, let a professional handle it.