Plumbing is a definite art that must be respected. It can be quite frustrating, especially if you are trying to fix your plumbing and do not have the right tools or knowledge.
That’s why we’ve put together this guide to teach you the basics of plumbing. It’s filled with simple tips to help you during your next plumbing project.
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5 Plumbing Tips for Beginners
1. Cleaning a Showerhead:
The first step is to take off the showerhead from the shower arm. You can do this by unscrewing it with a wrench. Once you have done that, you will see a small hole in the middle of the showerhead.
Use an old toothbrush to clean out all of the gunk inside. If there is a build-up of mineral deposits, use vinegar and baking soda to scrub them away.
2. Fixing Leaky Toilet:
Clean out all of the old wax rings. Use a utility knife or a pair of pliers to cut them out of your tank so that they don’t get stuck in your new tank. Install your new wax ring into your toilet tank, being careful not to damage any plumbing connections that may be underneath it.
Once everything is in place, apply plumber’s putty to any loose areas where water can leak. Replace all of the bolts and tighten them down with a wrench or socket set.
3. Fixing a dripping faucet:
To fix this problem, you will need to take off the faucet handle and then take off the escutcheon plate around it. You can do this by using a wrench.
Once you have taken off these parts, look down into the hole where they were and see if you find any faucet washers that need replacing.
If you find any, replace them with new ones before putting everything back together again in reverse order (e.g., put on escutcheon plate first; then put on faucet handle).
4. Cleaning a shower drain:
If you notice that your shower drain is clogged, you will need to use a plunger. Use a rag to clean out all of the hair and debris that might be in the drain. Once it is clean, use hot water to clean it out.
Tips: Use a shower drain hair catcher to prevent hair from getting into the drain.
5. Know the Location of Shut-Off Valves:
It is important to know the shut-off valve’s location because it is where you will turn off the water.
Most of these valves are located in the basements, but some may be above ground. To find out where they are, look at your plumbing diagram and look for a symbol similar to this:
In conclusion, I would like to say that most of these problems can be easily fixed. You need to know how to do it.
If you have any questions, please feel free to ask me in the comment section. I will be glad to help you out!
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