There are some jobs around the home that certainly require a professional; however, when it comes to plumbing, there a few things that you can fix on your own. Common household plumbing issues like a leaky faucet, a clogged-up drain, or replacing the sprayer on the kitchen sink can all be done on your own.
If your faucet is leaking up a storm and causing you to be concerned for the woodwork beneath your sink, it is probably something that you can fix on your own. A leaky sink may be caused by loose parts, such as screws or packing nuts, that can easily be tightened to stop the leak. Your leak may also be caused by a loose O ring in the faucet itself, which you can remove and replace with a new O ring bought at a local store.
If you have a drip that is slow, but most certainly troublesome and present, your sink is in need of a new washer. A new washer is an easy fix that you will be able to conquer following online instructions.
Clogged drains are obviously never pleasant. Sometimes nasty clogs really do require a plumber, though you more than likely can unclog a drain yourself. Using common chemicals that are normally poured down the problem drain do the job. There are also different types of drain de-clogging tools that you can purchase as well, such as a plumber's snake. The plumber's snake reaches deep inside the drain and works to loose and remove the clog.
Sometimes that ever-helpful sprayer in the kitchen sink goes down and out. There is no need to worry, however, because installing a new sprayer will be as easy as following the directions that came with the sprayer in the package when you purchased it! The only extra step or item you may need when doing a kitchen sprayer replacement job is possibly a new hose for the sprayer if the old one had a tear in it. Remember your plumbing thread if you need to replace the sprayer hose as well as the sprayer top piece itself. Directions for different types of sprayers and hoses should come with the product when you purchase it.
Although these are some easy plumbing problems that you can fix on your own, you might encounter larger problems in your day-to-day life, like burst pipes. If you do encounter larger problems, it is best that you call a professional plumber like one from Alexander's Plumbing And Pumps to address these issues.