Although there might be a few more cold winter days to make it through, for the most part spring is here! The sun is shining more and more each day and the plants and flowers are starting to bud. All of this signals the time of year for starting fresh and new. Many of us celebrate the coming of spring with a hefty list of spring cleaning projects and home improvements. For some that means simple do-it-yourself fixes to freshen up a patio or living room and for others it means never done before projects to remodel an outdated bathroom or kitchen. In either case, it is important to do your research and ask for help when you need it.
The plumbing system in your home is complex and has many parts and pieces that all work together. If you are planning a home improvement plumbing project – make sure that you have the proper equipment and instructions so that the existing plumbing isn’t damaged. Calling a plumber to repair your plumbing is a lot more stressful and urgent than calling one to install a new fixture.
Here are some answers to frequently asked plumbing questions:
- Does installing a faucet take a long time? The most difficult part about a new faucet – is getting the old faucet out. Also, nothing slows down a job like finding you don’t have all of the right tools. Be sure to have your toolbox equipped with various phillips and standard head screwdrivers, wrenches, flashlight, pliers, plumbers’ tape and putty, etc.
- Is it possible to remove a two-handled faucet and replace it with a single-handle? Typically, kitchen plumbing is configured in such a way that this is an easy swap. Most single-handle faucets are strategically designed to conceal that a two-handled faucet used to be in place. The switch from two to one is fairly commonplace.
- Which products should I use to clean my faucet? Soap and water or equal parts white vinegar and water work great for cleaning faucets. Keeping the faucet dry is the best way to keep it clean. If you can help it don’t use harsh cleaning chemicals on your faucet as they can be abrasive and leave your faucet vulnerable to rust.
Home improvement projects and spring cleaning chores are a great way to give new life to your home after a long cold winter. However, a home improvement project gone wrong and quickly put a damper on your sunny day. Make sure you have all of the right tools for the job and a thoroughly researched plan!