Everyone enjoys the help of a handyman. For this reason, many people aspire to being as handy as possible by attempting to fix any and every problem they encounter on their journey that is home ownership. While it is true that being handy can be highly convenient, there are also times when a professional is needed- especially when it comes to plumbing repairs. Here are three drain repairs you can do yourself and three you should leave to the pros.
1. Fix your toilet tank float
When you have a toilet that will not seem to stop making noises even after flushing, you may have to make some adjustments to the tank float. Simply remove the top of the toilet tank and watch as the water fills to the top. Once it is as full as it can get, manually push the float up as high as it goes to see if it stops the filling noise. If so, you can adjust the float using screws or an adjustment lever and the problem will be fixed.
2. Unclog your drain
Drains frequently get clogged up, especially drains in bathrooms or kitchen sinks. When you have a clogged drain, get a snake- a device you can buy at a hardware store- and insert the front end into the clogged drain. Push or snake the wiring down into the drain until you feel resistance, twist the device to grab the clog and pull it up.
3. Freshen up your disposal
Sometimes a disposal needs to be cleaned or freshened up. To do this, simply pour some baking soda down the drain and then add vinegar. As you remember from high school science class, these two components create a chemical reaction that will clean out and refreshen your drain.
Leave it to the pros
1. Replacing bad piping
If you have leaks or are noticing water damage showing through in your walls or ceilings, you likely have some bad pipes that need to be replaced. These jobs take the skills of professionals due to the dismantling of other components necessary simply to reach the pipes that need to be repaired.
2. Kitchen Remodeling
Kitchen remodels are labor intensive jobs. They also require the proper license and permits to be able to be completed legally. A professional will know how to upgrade or simply rearrange your drain system so that it functions perfectly with your remodel. Failing to complete this job correctly could cause more money in re-dos and future repairs.
3. Tankless water heater Installation
Many people are switching over to tankless water heaters for their efficiency and ability to avoid having massive damage to the home. These systems require a completely different plumbing set up, one that professionals should handle.
Being handy is great, but being handy also means knowing when to call in the pros for a job well done.