When you are a woman living on your own, home improvement projects can be a bit intimidating if you don’t know how to handle them. Plumbing is one of those issues that can be tricky. Minor plumbing problems can be handled even if you don’t have a lot of experience in this area but bigger issues need a professional called in. Here are five issues with your water service and plumbing that you don’t necessarily need to call the plumber about.
Shower Head Replacement
Replacing a shower head is no sweat — literally. I have replaced several shower heads and it’s as simple as unscrewing the old head then screwing the new one back into place. To create a better seal, you can add plumber’s tape to the threads on the shower spout coming out of the wall.
Sink Faucet Replacement
Replacing the sink faucet is also easy, but it requires a little more work than replacing a shower head. You need to turn off the water supply lines underneath the sink then detach the old faucet. Detach the water supply lines then remove the faucet. There are small (usually plastic) threaded nuts that hold the faucet in place on the underside of the sink. Remove these then you are ready to put the new faucet into place. Replacing a faucet because it is damaged, leaking or simply outdated is easy to do and can be done in a small amount of time and the same basic process can be used whether the sink is in the bathroom or the kitchen.
Unclogging a drain is an easy enough task, even though it isn’t the most fun DIY project. I have unclogged kitchen sinks and bathroom sinks several times and unless the clog is so horrible that I can’t take care of it myself, I would never call a plumber to do the job. Unclogging a drain can even be accomplished without harsh chemicals by using a little bit of elbow grease to clear out obstructions.
Whether you live on your own or you have a house full of kids like me, your toilet is certain to become clogged at some point. Knowing how to use a plunger to get rid of a clog is important information for anyone and doesn’t require a plumber.
Low Water Pressure
Low water pressure can occur for a variety of reasons, including some that do actually require a call to a plumber (such as a leak). In some instances, though, low water pressure could be a result of using too many appliances at once (dishwasher, washing machine, shower) or faucet heads could be clogged due to build up of lime scale. Knowing how to check these things and determine if a plumber is needed or not or if the problem can be fixed by you is important.
While any one of these could result in a call to your favorite plumber, initially these five issues can usually be resolved with your own two hands.