Tips to Save Money on DIY Plumbing Projects

As a homeowner, you often think about doing DIY projects on your own. Also, you can possibly do plumbing projects like cleaning clogged drains, replacing or repairing hardware (toilet seats, basins, etc.), and other small or major projects. Plumbing problems can be costly to fix if you call out any plumber, but if you can do it on your own, you can save your money. But some major projects should be kept in professional hands if you want to do so. Here, I will explain which service you can do on your own.


Unclogging a Slow or Stopped Main Drain Line


Stopped or slow clogged drains can happen anywhere, but mostly, this problem occurs in old homes or poor plumbing systems. You need a socket wrench, wrench, pliers, a handled auger or snake to fix the drain line. It will cost not more than $30 to $100, depending on the quality you want to choose. You can save up to $200 to $5,000. The duration of the work will be 15 to 30 minutes to do the work. Here is what you need to do:


  1. Go to the suitable access for the home drain line, then you need to use the lowest drain line of your home. such as the basement floor drain.
  2. You need a socket point to open the access point if the nut is rusty.
  3. Put on a handheld auger or snake in the drain for unclogging. Make sure to follow the rules before breaking any clogs.
  4. Flush the drain with hot water to clean the debris and ensure that the drain is working.
  5. If the clog goes on, then call a plumber that offers a camera inspection of the location where hard to kill clogs can be found. They will suggest a costly solution to change the entire drain line and replace them. You should refuse that suggestion and buy a longer snake or auger to start again. Check out some tips for unblocking drains.


Replace a Shower Head


If the showerhead is rusted, you should change it as soon as possible. Replacing the showerhead might be a reasonable decision, but be sure you do it wisely. In order to replace the showerhead, you’ll need a new shower head, Teflon tape, a wrench, and mineral spirits. It will cost you from $5 to $7. The duration of the task will be only about 15-30 minutes.


The procedure of replacement of a shower head is:

  • Loosen the old shower head with the wrench, then discard it
  • Apply mineral spirits to remove the rusts or any other debris from the shower arm.
  • Dry the arm; it shouldn’t have any moisture.
  • Use the Teflon tape to do the threads, and push it down to a near bind.
  • Use your hand and screw in the new shower head in the threads.
  • Tighten the showerhead with an adjustable wrench.
  • Start the water and see if the water is leaking or not.
  • If it leaks, then tight it more, or use Teflon tape in that area.


But installing a hybrid showerhead may feed up some extra time. You will need the diverter, which has control over the water flow between the showerheads. It is best to refer to the manufacturer’s installation instructions to be sure if you are connecting the diverter the right way.


Fix a Running Toilet


Before you start working on fixing the toilet, you need some equipment to do so. Pliers, wrench, flapper, float, fill valve, vinegar, or mineral spirits, and a toothbrush will be enough to fix that. Your minimum cost will be $25, depending on the needs for fixing it. If you can do it on your own, you can save up to $100, and it will take only 10 to 60 minutes of your time. There are three common problems people face, and the solutions are below:


  1. Flapper Issue: First, you need to turn the switch off the water flow of the toilet, then detach the lid to check the valve. If it’s warped or deteriorated, then get a new one and replace it according to instructions. Adjust to the flush chain level by using wire cutters before you start to a tight seal. If you see any mineral build-ups, then apply vinegar or mineral spirits and wait for half an hour to dissolve, then clean with a toothbrush and replace it.
  2. Float Issue: Check out the toilet overflow tube to see if the water level is too high. Use pliers to stabilize the overflow below the tube and monitor regularly to adjust the water level.
  3. Fill Valve Issue: Turn off the water power service lines. For that, you need pliers or a wrench. Dry the inside of the water tank with a sponge or rag, then remove the old fill valve with a wrench and replace that with a suitable valve. For installation, follow the manufacturer’s rules to avoid any difficulties.


Install or Replace a Faucet 


You will need a new aerator whether you are installing or replacing faucets. A wrench is also needed to do the task. And this task mat costs you $1 to $10, which will heavily depend on features. Only 5-10 minutes are enough to get this task done. Installing an aerator is a piece of cake. It is also the most effective way to save your home’s water usage to reduce water bills.


The procedure is:

  • Screw off the aerator with your hand, but if it doesn’t come out, then use a wrench.
  • For the replacement, choose a same-sized and well-optimized aerator.
  • Roll in the new aerator and tighten it with the wrench.
  • Check if it leaks or not. If it does, then just do more screwing.


When a plumbing problem occurs, it’s important to fix that as quickly as possible because if you wait, it can only cost you more money. Fixing the plumbing issues on your own can save you up to 20% on bills. If you are an expert in handling these situations and have experience in these DIY projects, you can surely do it. But if you think you can’t handle these problems, you can surely consult with an expert plumber to make sure everything is okay.