Installing misting systems is a great way to keep cool during the warmer months of spring and summer. Starting your own plumbing project requires a lot of skill if you want to do it on your own, but it’s not impossible! Here is what you’ll need for installation: stepladder, garden hose, pipe cutter, shears, extension cord, screwdriver, a wrench, and measuring tape.
Remodeling bathrooms is one of the easiest ways to increase the value of your home while also establishing a refreshing perspective of one of the most used rooms in your house. Along with changing counter-tops and paint colors, many people move their shower and bath while remodeling. This means moving the shower drain, usually in a concrete floor and rerouting the pipes to a different spot, which can be a very dangerous task to accomplish on your own. There are dozens of ways that you can damage your drain system if done incorrectly. That’s why the most secure option is to leave this construction to a professional as to avoid harming your bathroom. [Read more…]
At some point in a homeowner’s life, they will experience the troubles of a clogged or blocked drain pipe. Whether it be in the bathroom or kitchen, it’s very common for drain pipes to become blocked by debris or some form of mineral buildup. You may also lose something down the drain that you really care about and need to fish out immediately. There are many tactics that plumber’s use as a drain unblocker, and here are some of the most reliable techniques to use:
When it comes to bathroom maintenance, it’s common for shower doors to provide a multitude of problems because of how often they are used. While things like mineral build up are easy to fix by using white vinegar, salt, and baking soda, there are much more complex issues that require a bit more elbow grease to fix. DIY shower door repair projects are much cheaper than hiring someone to come in and fix it, and can be accomplished by a quick visit to the store. Here are some average problems that one might experience with the condition of their shower door:
Shower Door Repair: Seals
If you’re noticing leaks from your shower door, your seal is probably damaged or needs to be replaced. You’ll need needle-nose pliers to remove the old plastic strip from the channel and to push the new one into place. Remove the adhesive backing (if necessary) from the new rubber/vinyl strip, and slide it back into the channel. Cut the remaining unneeded length with a utility knife and apply a small line of silicone caulk to the end of the strip to prevent future leaks and shower door repair.
Shower Door Repair: Magnetic Catch
For this shower door repair you’ll need a screwdriver, utility knife or scissors, and a new magnetic strip. Unscrew the latch on the interior of the shower door, and remove it. Peel off the old strip and place the new one on top of it to match the lengths with your scissors or utility knife. Peel off the protective backing of the new strip and put it back on the bottom of your shower door. Re-screw the latch on and you’ll have working magnetic strips once again!
Shower Door Repair: Cracks
While it’s definitely unfortunate yet inevitable for cracks to appear on your shower doors, you don’t always have to go out and buy a brand new glass door if the damage is minor. Firstly, go visit your local store and pick up some quick-setting, water proof epoxy resin. Once back at your house, remove your shower door and clean it thoroughly. Apply the epoxy resin over the entire crack, and once it’s dry, use a small piece of sandpaper to flatten the surface once more.
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Your shower door is bound to be damaged at some point, but that doesn’t mean you have to spend a ton of cash on a brand new door. There are simple fixes for these common problems and all of them are available as DIY projects. If you’re unsure of whether or not your shower door repair project is an easy fix or not, contact a plumber from Deer Valley Plumbing who can advise you through what you need to do and what you need to purchase. Having a friend in the plumbing business is the best way to save yourself money and time!
Slab leaks may not always be easy to detect, but are incredibly crucial to watch for. Slab leaks are leaks in your water line running below the concrete of your floor. Slab leaks can cause damage to your home and be costly to fix if not addressed immediately. Luckily, there are a few ways to determine where your slab leaks are if you remain observant of small changes in your house. Here is how to identify slab leaks and how to deal with them: [Read more…]
New faucet installation in your bathroom is a lot easier of a job than you think it is. Plenty of people can install their own faucets if they have the right tools and know how to do it safely. If you’re looking to take on this DIY bathroom project, you’re going to need pliers, plumber’s putty, plumber’s tape, two flexible water line extensions, safety glasses, work gloves, and an adjustable wrench. Here’s how to start:
Faucet Installation: Remove the Old Faucet
- Replacing your faucet starts with getting rid of the old one. Shut off the wall valves and turn on the faucet to drain down residual pressure.
- Use your adjustable wrench to loosen and remove the old flexible extension from the faucet and the shutoff valve. Drain the water into a bucket.
- Remove hardware from under the sink, including nuts and washers that secure the faucet and the clamp bolt from the drain rod extension.
Faucet Installation: Replacing the Old One
- Reference the faucet installation manual of the specific model you bought. This should show you the order in which the parts should be assembled.
- Apply your plumber’s putty around the new spout base to prevent water splash from running into the cabinet.
- Install the center spout, tighten the mounting nut from below with your adjustable wrench.
Faucet Installation: Assemble Mixing Valves
- Faucet installation processes may vary between models, but generally there is a large nut and washer that tightens the valve from below, and a larger washer and C-Clip that holds the valve at the top.
- Apply more plumber’s putty to the bottom side of the top washer.
- Install the C-Clip and tighten the nut underneath to assemble the mixing valves. Hot valves are on the left and cold valves are on the right side.
- Reinstall the drain rod to the extension and tighten the clamp bolt with your adjustable wrench.
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Faucet installation can be a relatively simple task if you have the right tools and a manual that clearly instructs how to assemble it. Learning how to remove old faucets may be difficult if you’ve never attempted to do so before, which is why it’s helpful to have advice from an experienced AZ plumber on how to complete this process efficiently and safely. Plumbers at Deer Valley Plumbing are always willing to offer assistance to those who are unsure of whether a project is a DIY project or not.
If you couldn’t tell by the high temperatures and aroma of sunscreen in the air, summer is just around the corner. This means shorts, sunglasses, and days spent by the pool trying to cool off. To make this possible, you need to make sure that your pool plumbing is up to date and ready for use for the summer. Checking for broken valves, damaged water lines, or any possible leaks that may defer your from your swimming experience. You want your pool to be as clean and functional as it can be before it gets too warm outside, so here is a checklist of 10 things you should check your pool for before taking a dip this month:
When it comes to toilet repair issues, it’s useful to know what’s on the inside of the tank that can be causing the problem. Get to know your flappers, fill valves, flush valves, and handles so that next time your toilet isn’t working, you’ll know how to fix it yourself. The two main parts of the tank that cause problems are the flush valve, which lets water gush into the bowl after flushing, and the fill valve, that allows the toilet to be refilled afterwards. Here is how to fix them yourself: