DIY Projects: Plumbing Tips for Homeowners
Easy DIY Projects for the Home
Having a basic understanding of household plumbing can help you save money and prevent serious water damage. While major plumbing projects should likely be left to a professional plumber, being able to perform basic DIY projects around the house can help make home ownership much less stressful.
In Bardale Village’s continued effort to help South Africans fight the high cost of living, let’s discuss some effective plumbing tips that will help you save your home and wallet.
How to Stop a Running Toilet
Fixing a running toilet is a fairly easy DIY project for the home, so don’t rush out and call your local plumber just yet.
Running toilets are typically caused by a worn out rubber flapper between the tank and bowl, or when the toilet’s water level in the tank is set too high.
Replacing a Toilet Tank Flapper:
- Start by turning off the water to the toilet by adjusting the valve on the pipe feeding into the toilet bowl.
- Open the toilet bowl to identify the problem, it may be that the chain is broken or needs replacing.
- Flush the toilet to clear the water in the tank.
- Remove the chain from the flush lever and remove the old flapper by sliding it upwards off the overflow tube. Modern plastic flappers may have little ears that need to be bent in order to remove.
- Install the new flapper by sliding it down, over the overflow tube, until it touches the bottom of the tank.
- Toilet models may differ somewhat, so when buying your new flapper, be sure to ask a store assistant for a quick explanation.
Adjusting Water Level in Toilet Tank
- Lower the float in the tank by sliding the rod or turning the adjustment screw.
- Flush the toilet and test whether the water level is below the top of the overflow tube.
How to Fix a Leaking Tap
Leaky taps are commonly caused by a damaged or worn washer, making it an easy DIY project for homeowners.
- As with most plumbing DIY projects, start by turning off the water supply to your home.
- Remove the handle of the tap by unscrewing the screw which will either be on the top or side of the tap.
- Use a wrench or cloth to remove the plastic insert.
- Remove the nut that keeps the washer in place, replace the old washer with a new one and tighten the nut again.
- Plumbing Tip: Put the plug in the basin before starting in order to prevent any small parts from falling down the drain.
How to Clear a Clogged Drain
There are two main ways of clearing a blocked drain, the natural approach and the drain clearing chemicals approach.
- Pour some baking soda down the drain, followed by vinegar. Then pour boiling water down. This should help clear the blockage, allowing water to flow easily again.
- If this doesn’t do the trick, you may have to pull out the plunger and force the blockage clear.
Drain Clearing Chemicals
- This process is easy, all you need to do is follow the instructions found on the bottle.
- Ask a store assistant if anything is unclear.
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Buying a new home from Bardale Village means that you won’t have to worry about worn or old plumbing parts.
This means that you’ll be able to spend more time and money on turning your new house into your dream home.
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