We’ve all noticed, with a pit of dread in our stomachs, the dripping tap, the blocked drain, and the leaking pipe. When things in the house get broken we worry how much damage these repairs will do to our wallets. But it doesn’t have to be so! There are a few things you can try to restore yourself before calling the professionals.
The dripping taps are easy enough to fix yourself. If you have a traditional screw-top tap, then the problem is often a washer, which is fairly easy to change, and cheap to buy from any plumbing shop. If you have a swish mixer tap, however, the problem could be that the ceramic cartridge needs replacing. This is a much more expensive fix, as these cartridges often need to be specially ordered from the original manufacturer of the tap. That said, it doesn’t hurt to replace the washer first, to see if that solves the problem. If you are doing anything to your taps, it’s a good idea to put the plug in first. This is to make sure than any small screws are not lost down the plughole.
There are several ways to fix a blocked sink. Firstly, you can use a plunger, which won’t do any damage to your drains, and often immediately clears the blockage. It just requires a bit of elbow grease and patience.
Another option is to use a chemical unblocker. Some are quite abrasive, so be careful not to get any on your skin or in your eyes. If you don’t want to put chemicals into your drain, use baking soda and vinegar, which react together to push the blockage through.
The last resort is removing the trap to clear the blockage yourself. Plastic traps are easy enough to remove, but metal ones may require some tools and muscle power. Once the pipe is removed, you can push out the blockage.
It should go without saying that some jobs are best left to professionals. Replacing piping involves specialist torches, and gas-line plumbing runs the risk of leaving potentially lethal gas leaks in your home. Luke Ginger Plumbing, or your local plumber, are more qualified to deal with these issues.
The Magic of WD-40
It’s amazing how many things can be repaired with WD-40. Lubricate stuck windows, silence squeaky doors, and remove rust from garden tools. You can even use it to remove crayon marks from walls? Check out a full list of uses for WD-40.
Small holes in drywall
Unless you’ve been driving your car indoors, holes in the wall should be easy to fix. First, clear the area of any debris and wipe down the wall. Use a putty knife to press some spackle into the wall and let it dry. Once it’s done, sand it down with fine grain sandpaper until it’s nice and flat. Depending on how seamless you need it to be and what color your walls are, you may need to apply a coat of paint.