While some problems require the intervention of a professional plumber because they require a high level of technicality, others can be solved by yourself if you have little tricks. Here are our tips to help you overcome your plumbing hassles, even if you are not manual.
Learn about plumbing:
When you are not manual and you have no notion or knowledge relating to the field of plumbing, you always have the possibility of documenting yourself. Indeed, whether to solve a specific problem or to acquire some basic gestures, it is relevant to turn to the documentation. Especially since there are many plumbing works.
At the bookstore or on the Internet, you will easily find books dealing with, for example, how to repair a water leak in the sink, how to go about changing a seal, how to clean the evacuation, or how to go about replacing your shower drain.
Some works are more general and will indicate the right gestures and the right reflexes to adopt in different situations. “Plumbing for Dummies” type books can be a great help, they will save you from racking your brains for hours.
Buy quality equipment:
Buying equipment that holds up is essential to solve your plumbing problems and ensure that they do not repeat themselves the following week or month. Indeed, using quality materials is the guarantee of a job with a satisfactory lifespan. For example, if you change the seal on your kitchen sink faucet to stop a leak, using a high-performance seal will prevent the leak from happening again.
Time will inevitably cause wear but your quality seal has an optimal lifespan unlike a low-end seal. Of course, when you don’t know anything about plumbing, you don’t know more about the equipment to use. Don’t worry, specialist store staff are knowledgeable and always ready to help the customer. In fact, do not hesitate to seek advice on the best equipment to buy.
Quality also applies to the material you handle, namely the tools. It is especially important that it is adapted to the specific situation you encounter. If, for example, you have not chosen the right spanner for your tap, you will not be able to intervene. It is therefore essential to be very careful when buying your equipment.
Watch online plumbing Tutorials:
One of the many positive aspects of the Internet is the concept of tutorials. Every day tutorial videos of all kinds are uploaded, and this also concerns plumbing. There are tutorials for the most common problems like water in the toilet bowl running continuously, toilet flush not filling, water backing up in the bathtub, etc.
These tutorials are very relevant and of great help because they associate the image with the word. So in addition to the explanation provided, you have visual support guiding you step by step. Some tutorials also deal with more complex or less common problems, such as a pipe connection.
Get help from a friend:
If you can’t do it on your own, call on an acquaintance. Whether it’s a friend or a friend of a friend, kindly ask for their help, it could be invaluable. Indeed, if one of your friends has a good knowledge of plumbing, he will be able to help you in many situations. Find out more and spread word of mouth, it is still the most effective solution.
Having someone by your side who knows how to diagnose a problem and knows what to do to overcome it is a godsend. This makes it possible in particular not to let the problem drag on and prevent it from getting worse.
Does that seem too difficult to you? Call a professional plumber:
If your diagnosis of the situation tells you that the task is too complicated (even with the intervention of a knowledgeable friend), contact a professional plumber so that he can come to your home and provide the appropriate solution.
Indeed, plumbing is a sector that requires different skills, knowledge and specific technicality. While some problems can be fixed by us, others require professional intervention. It should be added that it is also essential that this intervention be done as soon as possible, because plumbing problems tend to worsen if they are not taken care of very quickly.
Even if you are neither manual nor handyman, tips are at your disposal to carry out small plumbing jobs yourself. But, when the situation is too complex, you have to know how to recognize that you can’t do anything about it and do the only good thing there is: call a professional plumber.