Top 5 Do-It-Yourself Home Plumbing Tips


Every time you have a plumbing issue, you do not need to immediately get on the phone with a professional plumber. There are many plumbing issues that you can take care of yourself, without having to shell out big bucks for the help of a professional. Below, you will find a collection of tips that should cost you less than $20 each to complete. The next time you face a plumbing problem, take a moment to consider whether you can deal with the situation on your own and read through our top do-it-yourself home plumbing tips.

5 – Use a Bucket to Flush Your Toilet

carpenter_toolsWhen you are in the middle of a plumbing project, and your water is turned off, it can be a major inconvenience when someone has to use the bathroom. One work-around for this common problem is to fill a large bucket with at least 2 gallons of water before you turn off your water supply. After the toilet has been used, simply pour the water into the toilet, which will then flush the remains.

4 – Using a Shop Vacuum to Dislodge Objects Stuck in Toilet

It can happen to anyone – an object falls into the toilet and gets lodged inside. Using a plunger may only push the object further down or make it more difficult to remove the object. Consider using a powerful wet/dry shop vacuum to attempt and remove the object. The shop vacuum will remove water, waste, and hopefully the stuck object. At the very least, it should remove some of the debris surrounding the object, giving you the opportunity to remove it with other means.

3 – Fix Creaky Pipes

When you turn on your water or use a sink, if you regularly notice creaky pipes, then we have a simple solution for you. Take felt material that comes with an adhesive backing and cut it into strips. Remove the hanger that keeps the pipes in place and wrap the pipe with the felt material. Reconnect the hanger with the snugger fit and you should be free of creaky pipes.

2 – Using a Magnet to Locate Pipes

When dealing with a plumbing project, you may need to find the path that the piping takes through your floorboards. It can be hard to detect the exact location of the piping, without removing flooring. To avoid icon-home-improvementunnecessary damages or floorboard removal, use a large magnet to locate the hidden piping. Attach a strong magnet to a fishing line and feed it into the drain line that you are inspecting. Allow the magnet to pass a necessary distance and then use a compass to detect it’s exact location. As the compass nears the magnet inside the pipe, it should point directly to the magnet.

1 – Removing a Sink Trap

When removing a sink trap, it is easy to make a mess from the water stored in the trap. Before you remove the sink trap, use a plunger to push the majority of the water out of the trap. For those with a double sink, plug the second drain to ensure proper air pressure.

The majority of these tips are easy to follow and inexpensive to complete. These tips should help you with a large number of the most common plumbing issues, but in the event you have major plumbing problem on your hands, it may be best to contact a local plumbing company. When contacting a local plumber, always compare rates and look at previous customer reviews by using review websites. Thank you for reading our tips, we hope you find this information useful.