Gain General Plumbing Skills with this Guide
Become a Plumber and fix them annoying issues at home
Many plumbing repairs or tasks are best left to the professionals, but some plumbing tasks are simple enough for yourself to take on at home.
As a plumber in Northampton, I visit customers homes on a daily basis, plumbing jobs that take less than half an hour and I think to myself, “Why don’t I just teach this customer on how to fix this, if it happens again?..”
In this guide, I’ll show you how to do simple plumbing jobs at home, so you can become a plumber in your own home, and maybe help your friends and family.
Learn how to clean shower heads or how to troubleshoot a running toilet and many other plumbing issues you might have in your home.
Fixing a running toilet
If your toilet is constantly running and water is filling your toilet tank you might have a few problems, either with the flapper mechanism, the fill and flush valve or the flush lever assembly. It is usually very easy to determine if any of these are the issue by looking inside the tank.
1, You need to remove the tank lid, be careful as these lids are very fragile and some can be heavy, so take care when removing.
2, Flush the toilet, watch the water exit the tank and wait for the tank to refill.
If the flapper or the tank ball doesn’t stop the water, then the problem is most likely your flapper, (tank ball is some older toilets) or the flush lever.
Watch the video below for a more detailed fix.
How to clean your shower head
Is your shower not as powerful as before?
Or is there’s random jets shooting all over and wetting the floor, it’s now about time give your shower head a clean!
There are many cleaners out that can clean very well, but what I would recommend is Cillit Bang.
Removing the shower head to clean it is by far the most effective method, don’t go out to buy a new one unless you really need to or if the one you have is broken. You’ll need some basic tools if you want to tackle a bit of “elbow grease” into cleaning your shower head.
1, Bucket or another container, to place the shower head in
2, Old toothbrush, to carefully scrub the surface
3, And a Paperclip, to poke the holes
Spray cillit bang onto the surface of the shower head and leave it for 4 to 5 minutes. Get your old toothbrush and clean the showerhead while applying cillit bang. Get your paperclip and poke each hole of the shower jets. Place the shower head into your bucket or container and leave it in cillit bang for another 4 to 5 minutes.
I’ve added a video for a more detailed fix,
How to fix a leaky tap
Nobody likes a leaky tap. The constant dripping can drive you crazy!
If your tap is fully off and your tap is still leaking then it’s likely one or more of the internal parts of the tap may need to be replaced.
Probably the most easiest fixes would be to replace the whole tap with a new fancy one, right?
I mean you could probably replace the tap for under £40.00 from your nearest plumbing store.
But if you are on a budget, fixing the leaky tap is easy to do and can be done in less then 10 minutes. You need to find your nearest plumbing store that is likely to stock parts for your tap. A good store will have a helpful staff, and will do their best to help you find the parts you need for your tap.
How to fix a dripping tap washer?
Before you start to take apart your tap to change the rubber washer, you need to turn your main water tap off.
1, Locate your main water shut off valve/tap
2, Take apart your tap by first removing the top tap part with a Philip screwdriver, or a flat-tip screwdriver, whichever your tap has.
3, You now need to take your grips and with a cloth or similar, place over the spout to prevent damage to the tap, undo by turning to top part anti-clockwise.
4, Remove and replace the rubber washer, making sure its the right fit.
Watch the video below for a more detailed fix of your tap.
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