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The garden is the most common place you’ll be taking care of, seeing as it’s your own little gardener’s paradise, and there’s so much creativity that goes into an outdoors space! However, looking after the rooms within your home, in terms of tackling emergencies and patching up holes, is a lot more tricky. And one of the most difficult places to DIY is the bathroom. So, let’s go through everything you’re going to need to fix the most common bathroom issues yourself below.
Fixing the Toilet
Toilets can come up with a lot of problems you can fix yourself. Repairing the flush in your toilet, or stopping your toilet from ‘running’, or when the toilet bowl or base itself is cracked and leaking, all seem like big projects.
However, you can sort each of these problems out yourself. All you need is a pair of pliers, a plumbing snake, a good plunger, some caulk and a gun, as well as a basin wrench, and your bathroom DIY tool kit will be set to deal with them all.
Fixing the Sink
The sink itself can break in many different places – the drain pipe, the wall attachments themselves, as well as cracks in the bowl or the pedestal, are just a small sample of how the sink can break or become damaged over its years of use.
However, fixing the sink doesn’t have to be hard to do. Indeed, the most difficult part of fixing your sink is going to be sourcing the right parts to make use of, and thankfully, more and more specialist sink parts shops can be found online these days.
Aside from this, you’ve just got to find the source of the issue, and then work out what you need to do next. For example, a leaking sink is the most common issue a homeowner will have to deal with. You can follow a video tutorial (with a full transcript!) right here too.
Dealing with the plughole and drain
Following on from the point above, tackling a problem with either a plughole in the shower basin, the bath or the sink, and the drain it’s attached to, can seem like a disgusting job to get on with. And yet, whether the sink plug cover is actually coming off and you need to refit it yourself, or there’s something down the drain and you know it’s there and you just can’t get rid of it, we’ve got a solution for you.
First, it’s a good idea to turn the water off and then place a bowl or bucket underneath the sink, then unscrew the drain pipe there – check to see if anything is stuck or if a limescale build up has occurred. If there’s anything going on with the drain itself, it’s a good idea to put a cleaner down there and wait for the system to flush through, but if this doesn’t solve the issue, you’re going to need to call out a plumber.
Dealing with Mould
Then we come to possibly the most difficult part of taking care of your bathroom DIY yourself – getting rid of patches of mould. They’ll develop, so don’t be ashamed if you’ve had to scroll straight to this section.
The bathroom is notably a musty and damp place, thanks to the amount of washing, showering, and flushing you’re going to be doing. This makes it a perfect breeding ground for mould! Usually this isn’t a problem, as the ventilation in your bathroom can whisk it straight out – however, if a vent or a fan is not kept open or on when a bathroom is in use, mould is going to build up.
Make sure that the mould you’re planning to tackle only covers a couple of tiles size – anything bigger and you’ll need to call a professional in. Now get to your kitchen cupboard and pull out the vinegar in there, unless you have an industrial mould cleaner you already plan to use. Dilute the vinegar with some water (use a 2:1 ratio) and then spray it straight onto the mould formation. Give it half an hour and then wipe it away!
The bathroom can be a dirty and disgusting place when you look underneath those shiny, chrome tiles, and it can be hard to force yourself to deal with the worst of the problems. And that’s why you need to have both the right tools and equipment, as well as the right knowhow, on your side.