You do not need to be a plumber to fix every issue in your house. In fact, you will find that many minor plumbing issues are easy to fix, and fixing them yourself could save you a lot of money if you take the time to learn what to do. Not sure if you need a plumber? Here are a few techniques you can use to try to DIY.
Be Prepared to Replace Parts
You can do some part replacements at home. For example, you might be able to replace the flapper of your toilet or change the aerator on your sink. These are common issues that you might call out a plumber for, but if replacement is all that is necessary, you may not need one.
There are times when this may not necessarily work. For example, you may find that the replacement did not fix the problem. In a case like this, you may still need a plumber.
Clean Out Your Drains
If you notice that your drain is not clearing as quickly as you would like it to, you may be tempted to use a chemical drain cleaner. Don't. Instead, you can invest in a drain snake and insert it into the drain. Pull the snake out of the drain and see if you were able to fish out the cause of the clog. You can also use hot water, baking soda, and vinegar to create a drain volcano that helps eliminate clogs.
Replace Your Showerhead
Do you notice that your showerhead is clogged or leaking? You might have tried everything, including cleaning the head or using thread tape. Unfortunately, it does not always work. Replacing your showerhead is much easier than you think, and you can choose one that is more efficient than your previous head.
Improve Your Water Heater
Have you been worried that your water heater was not working correctly? Is it less efficient than you would like it to be? First, check the thermostat of your water heater. Then, consider insulation for the tank. If water is cooling down before it reaches your faucets, the tank may not have the proper insulation. You may be able to install the insulation yourself, as it typically drapes around the tank. Just make sure not to cover the thermostat.
Of course, remember that many plumbing issues require a professional. A plumber can fix all the issues listed here and many more. If you are worried that you will not be able to take care of these issues your own, you should always call a plumber.