The DIY craze is still in full swing in 2017, and rightfully so. Taking on home repairs is a great way to save money, work with your hands and learn something new. While there are some plumbing jobs you should never try to tackle on your own (like a sewer line backup or leaky pipes) these other projects are a bit more DIY friendly.
Caulk Around the Bathtub
Not only does new caulk improve the appearance of your bathroom, it can actually prevent future damages.
Step 1: Remove the existing caulk with a knife or razor blade.
Step 2: Vacuum any fallen pieces or debris to make a clean work surface.
Step 3: Next, use a caulk gun to apply an unbroken line of caulk.
Step 4: Wet your fingertip or grab a damp rag and wipe down each line of caulk.
Install a New Bathroom Faucet
Whether your existing faucet is broken or you just want an updated look, a new faucet is relatively easy to install.
Step 1: Shut off the main water line.
Step 2: Disconnect the lift rod and remove the nuts from under the faucet.
Step 3: Unscrew the slip nut on the P-trap. Put a bucket underneath to catch any dripping water.
Step 4: Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for your specific fixture.
Pro tip: Before you buy a new faucet, take a look at the connection points on your existing fixture so you can find a new model with similar connections.
Improve Your Water Pressure
If you notice you’re losing water pressure in the shower, it’s most likely due to a build-up of hard water minerals.
Step 1: Remove your showerhead and spray plate.
Step 2: Soak the spray plate in a bucket of descaling solution for 10 – 15 minutes.
Step 3: Rinse the spray plate with warm water and reassemble the shower head.
Is that “quick fix” taking a bit longer than you thought? At Mitch Wright Plumbing, Heating & Cooling, we are here for all of your plumbing and heating needs, no matter how big or small! Our technicians are also available for 24/7 emergency help.