Easy DIY Plumbing Tips and Tricks


Pluming work around your house might cause you headaches. But in order to avoid it, there are few simple and cost-effective ways to solve some of the most common household problems. To avoid costly service call, here are few tips you can follow, that will save you both money and time.

How to unclog a sink drain

If you feel a nasty scent around your kitchen sink, this is because you probably have a clog, built up from food and grease. You can unclog it by yourself by preparing a mix of baking soda and vinegar, pouring it down the sink. It will remove the clog and the nasty smell will disappear.

How to prevent kitchen sink-sprayer messes

Having troubles when pulling out your kitchen sink sprayer? It is probably because of that hose catching on the valves and other pipes. In order to avoid such complications you can simply use foam pipe insulation that will cover pipes and shutoff valves. Handling your kitchen sink sprayer will be smooth and easy. You can buy foam pipe insulation at hardware store at a cheap price.

Replace worn flappers by yourself

PipesDon’t be afraid to do some plumbing work on your own. It will cost you less and you will be proud on yourself for actually doing some plumbing work on your own, without the help of a professional plumber. It is easy, for example, to replace worn flappers on your toilet to prevent leaks between the bowl and toilet tank. There is a little room for mistakes since every package come with instructions for replacement. Get necessary tools, instruction and act like a pro.

How to silence your stainless steel sinks

You don’t enjoy the sound your sinks produce? We have a simple tip that will silence your sinks. If you have stainless steel sink, use expanding foam and fill in the space between the two basins. The foam will reduce the vibrations and deaden the sounds your sink produces. It is recommended to do this before the sink installation. But if your sink is already installed, you can still apply the foam. After the foam hardens, you can get rid of the excess by trimming it away with a knife.

How to remove hard objects from a drain

When you have a plugged drain or a toilet by a hard object like a toothbrush or a toy, use a wet or dry vacuum to get it out. In such instances you don’t want to use a plunger because it might push the object in deeper. Therefore, use a vacuum to suck out the object trapped inside.

Take a picture of installation during renovation

If you are renovating, you will probably redo the plumbing, electrical and other lines inside the walls, floors and ceiling. It is a good idea to take a picture of what’s inside the walls so that you know where your lines go. This will be very helpful for any future renovations or repairs. You will save time, nerves and minimize the damage to your walls when finding a certain pipe or a wire.