With copious YouTube videos available on everything from unclogging the drain to installing a new showerhead, bold homeowners can sometimes act as make-shift plumbers. Remember to research the tools and parts you need to finish the task at hand. For example, it’s a good idea to keep Teflon tape, plumber’s wrenches and a toilet snake stocked in the utility closet. After all, if things don’t go as planned, you may need to rig a fix until the professional plumber arrives.
Minor Repairs You Can Try on Your Own
You can find lots of information by Googling the repair you wish to try. Also, most parts come with straightforward instructions. So, before you call a plumber, ask yourself if you could replace a broken stop valve or floater setup in your toilet.
Here are some other simple plumbing repairs you can try:
- Leaky faucet
- Clogged toilet
- Sink or tub fixture replacement
- Replace a washing machine hose
- Clean the drain to prevent clogs
Before you begin your DIY plumbing project, turn off the main water source. At a minimum, turn off the water valve to the sink, toilet, tub or appliance you want to work on.
Know When It’s Time to Call a Plumber
Here’s the short answer. Call a professional whenever you feel uncomfortable making a plumbing repair yourself. Leave more complicated repairs to your local plumber.
Plumbing repairs that homeowners should not attempt on their own include the following:
- Water and sewer line repair
- Pipe replacement
- Installing a traditional or tankless water heater
- Dealing with sewage backups
- Installing a water purification or water softening system
As a rule of thumb, call a plumber for repairs and installations that require advanced knowledge of electricity and plumbing systems.
We understand that some homeowners don’t feel comfortable making even minor repairs. When you need a trusted local plumber, call Knight’s Mechanical for superior customer service. We show up on time and wear protective booties to safeguard your flooring. Also, all of our licensed plumbers go through training and a background check to ensure the safety of our clients. Contact us 24 hours a day for plumbing emergencies. We promise an upfront quote and efficient service.