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Do you really need to call a plumber or could you replace the washer yourself to fix a dripping tap?
Check out some top tips from our experts for some common DIY plumbing jobs, it could even save you some money in the long-term.

Unblocking a Plug

plughole drainage plumbing

Let’s start with an easy DIY fix scenario.
We’ve all been there, the plug hole seems blocked and water is draining slowly. It’s worth knowing that the usual culprit in bathroom plug holes is human hair.
So before hitting the chemicals, why not try using a drain waste pipe cleaner with a corkscrew section to grab the hair and gently to remove the blockage?
It may not work on everything, but is a very effective and inexpensive alternative solution for some kinds of blockage and worth a try.

Replacing Toilet Parts

Porcelain toilet pan

If your toilet isn’t flushing or filling with water correctly, don’t panic, there is another easy DIY fix for this.
When you remove the lid of your toilet, you’ll see the internal workings which are fairly simple.
Most modern toilet systems can be repaired by replacing the two major components in the tank; the flush valve and the fill valve (or ballcock). 
So, if you hear the toilet running frequently, or not filling up, give replacing the flush valve or fill valve a go and have a look for toilet spare parts here.

Shower Head Problems

shower plumbing DIY tips

Honestly, who hasn’t had issues with their shower head?
From dripping showers to a slow flow, this plumbing problem can usually be solved with yet another DIY fix.
If the water pressure seems to have slowed and the flow is poor, take a look for limescale build up. This easily can be rectified with a descale of the shower head.
If the shower is constantly dripping, take a look at the O-ring or washer which that prevents any water from leaking out. This may need replacing or simply require applying some thread seal tape to the threads to form a protective seal and stop the dripping.

A DIY Plumber’s Best Friend

Thread (PTFE) tape is not only for showers but also comes in handy for any DIY plumbing job.
It can be used for thread sealing of plastic and brass plumbing pipe work and other metal fittings or pipes – it’s ideal for a leaky radiator too.

Check Your Water Heating Thermostat

hot water boiler DIY tips

We all regularly adjust our home or room heating thermostats, but have you ever checked your water heating thermostat?
If your hot water is stored in a cylinder, the thermostat will prevent it becoming hotter than the set temperature and once the water has reached this temperature, the heat supply from the boiler will automatically turn off.
If your hot water cylinder or tank is well insulated, you may even find that the hot water supply in the morning stays hot enough to use in the evenings.

If you have a combi boiler then you won’t have a cylinder, but there will probably be a hot water thermostat on the boiler itself, which is often a dial with a picture of a tap on it. Having the water heating thermostat higher is unnecessary and will not make the water heat up any faster but it will cost more money.

At Trade Supplies Online, we’ve got all the plumbing tools and parts you need for your next DIY plumbing job, with some great deals available. So, why not take a look and let us help you complete your project?
If you have any questions about your order, or if you would like to take advantage of some expert advice, please contact us and we will be happy to help.

Happy DIYing!

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