Over the years, people are getting more interested in learning how to do plumbing repairs not only because it sharpens their DIY techniques, but also the fact that hardware stores provide many different tools and replacement parts commonly used. You do not need a plumbing license to purchase those parts, but some parts have to be installed only by professionals. DIY saves money indeed since you don’t have to hire professionals to do the repair, but you must consider the risk of injury and potential damage due to improper repair. Here are some of the most common repairs with brief explanation whether or not you should fix them on your own or call professional plumber.
Drain clog – a clogged drain or blocked sink is often caused by solid waste or food. A plunger is an effective tool to get rid of any blockage; this tool is easy to use, and you can get it in any hardware store. It is an easy DIY procedure, so you should be able to do it in no time.
Hidden leaks – old pipes are prone to damages, causing a leak. If you can clearly see the spot where the leak begins, you probably can fix it by applying epoxy, cover it with rubber, and tighten the rubber with water-resistant tape. It is another DIY project everybody can do. However, if the leak comes from somewhere behind the wall, it is quite difficult to actually use the same methods. In case this happens, the most common sign is discoloration of the wall. To get this fixed, you need to call a professional plumber because the repair requires leak detection skill and additional tool you probably don’t have.
Deep clogging – in some cases, a clogged drain can be caused by a solid waste located far beyond the reach of a plunger. To get this cleared, a liquid drain cleaner is often used. The cleaner is a potentially dangerous and toxic chemical which may contaminate water. If you cannot fix a clogged drain by using a plunger, call a professional. The repair requires motor-powered drain snake or even hydro-jetting tools.
Toilet – similar to clogged drain, a leaking toilet can be either easy or difficult depending on the location of the leaking spot. If you can see it, you can seal it by applying a combination of epoxy and rubber. A proper repair will stop water from pooling around on the toilet. Leaking toilet, however, can be caused by bad wax ring. In this case, you need a professional to remove the toilet, replace the ring, and re-install the toilet back in place.