Although in many cases, plumbing work needs to be left to the licensed plumbing professionals, there are plenty of plumbing problems that I would never suggest calling out a plumber for until you have tried to fix it yourself. Yes, you are fully capable of fixing these minor problems; you just need to read on to find out how.
1. Reduced water pressure in your sink or shower
If you have noticed that the flow of water coming from your sink or shower head is just not what it used to be, there may well be a blockage from mineral build up or other debris. For your faucet, just unscrew the little screen that goes over your faucet and clean it. You can use a sewing pin to do this with ease. As for your show head, you should let it soak in vinager overnight. This will clear up any mineral build up. If you have tried these things and still, you cannot get the pressure to increase, check with your city. It is possible that the whole city is on a short water supply so the pressure has been reduced by them, in which case there is really nothing you can do to fix it. If this is not the case, it may be time to call in the professionals to give you a hand.
2. Jammed Garbage Disposal Repair
Prevention is key for garbage disposals. Knowing exactly what is ok to put down the disposal and what is not is the best way to ensure a long life for your disposal. If, however, something ends up down there that causes a jam, most new garbage disposals come with a hex wrench attached. This is the only tool you should need to clear out any jam that may occur within your garbage disposal. Every disposal is different, so read the manual before beginning this repair. Additionally, always make sure your disposal is turned off at the power source before beginning any work!
3. Replacing a Toilet Flapper
This is one of the simplest plumbing repairs you can do. All you need to do is:
1. Purchase the new flapper- make sure it is the same design of flapper that is intended for your toilet.
2. Turn off the water to the toilet (there should be a knob behind the toilet to do this)
3. Unchain the old flapper from the toilet handle rod, and pull each ear off the flush valve to remove it. If your flush valve does not have hooks for the flapper, then there is likely a ring that you will have to slide off instead of disconnecting the ears.
4. If your flush valve has hooks for the flapper, connect the new flapper by attaching both ears to the flush valve hooks, and proceeding to attach the new chain to the toilet handle rod. If your flush valve does not have two hooks, you can slide the flapper into place using the attached ring on your flapper.
5. Turn the water back on, test flush your toilet, and you’re done!
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