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5 DIY Solutions for Simple Plumbing Issues

5 DIY Solutions for Simple Plumbing Issues

5 DIY Solutions for Simple Plumbing Issues Feb 25, 2024

Although plumbing problems might be a homeowner's worst nightmare, not all of them call for a plumber's intervention. Numerous minimal plumbing problems can be easily fixed without the need for a professional plumbing service with a little knowledge and some simple tools.

In this blog post, our professionals from Rooter Man Plumbing will show five simple do-it-yourself fixes for common plumbing problems that can save you time and money.

Unclogging Drains

A clogged drain in the shower, bathroom sink, or kitchen sink is one of the most common plumbing problems. Try using a plunger first rather than reaching for harsh chemicals or contacting a plumber. Make sure the plunger's head is submerged in enough water, then take a few sharp plunges for a minute or two. This can frequently remove the obstruction and restore water flow. You can also attempt to clear the blockage with a drain snake for more stubborn clogs. Most hardware stores have these affordable tools, which might help you avoid paying for a plumbing repair service.

Fixing a Running Toilet

Not only can a running toilet be inconvenient, but it may waste a lot of water and money on your electricity bill. Thankfully, there's usually an easy solution. Examine the flapper valve within the toilet tank first. Water may seep into the bowl if it isn't sealing properly. Occasionally, the issue can be resolved by simply adjusting the chain that joins the flapper to the flush handle. You can simply replace the worn-out or damaged flapper with a new one from your neighborhood hardware store. You can avoid paying for a plumber or plumbing service by doing this DIY fix.

Stopping a Leaky Faucet

Even while a dripping faucet might not seem like much of a worry, over time it might waste an unexpected quantity of water. Thankfully, it's usually the result of a worn-out washer or O-ring, which can be easily and affordably replaced. To get to the problematic pieces, unscrew the faucet after shutting off the water flow. Reassemble the faucet and turn on the water after replacing the washer or O-ring. You can always call a plumber for help if you're uncomfortable doing this DIY repair yourself, but with a little perseverance and the correct equipment, many homeowners discover they can handle it on their own.

Dealing with Low Water Pressure

In case you've seen an abrupt drop in water pressure within your residence, you can address the problem with a few do-it-yourself methods. To determine whether the issue is localized or affects the entire plumbing system, start by inspecting every faucet in your home. If it's limited to one area, silt or mineral deposits may have jammed the faucet's aerator. After removing the aerator and soaking it in vinegar for a whole night to get rid of any buildup, give it a good clean and replace it on the faucet. If your entire home is experiencing low water pressure, there can be a more major plumbing system problem that needs to be fixed by a plumber.

Silencing Noisy Pipes

When turning on a faucet or flushing the toilet, if you hear loud banging or rattling sounds, you might have a water hammer, a typical plumbing issue brought on by abrupt fluctuations in water pressure. Installing water hammer arrestors, which are inexpensive and simple to install yourself and can be found at most hardware stores, can help reduce noise from pipes. By absorbing the shock from a water hammer, these devices can shield your plumbing system from harm. After installing water hammer arrestors, if the issue still occurs, you might need to hire a plumber to look into more significant problems with your pipes.

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