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5 DIY Fixes for Simple Plumbing Problems

Dealing with plumbing issues can be daunting, especially for those without professional training or experience. While complex problems often require the expertise of a licensed plumber, there are several minor plumbing issues that homeowners can tackle with some handiness and preparation. In this article brought to you by Rooter Hero Plumbing & Air, we'll explore five DIY fixes for simple plumbing problems that can help you address common issues and save time and money in the process.

If you’d rather hire professional plumbing service, then call Rooter Hero Plumbing to speak with a live member of our team. Our plumbers are on standby to dispatch to your location as soon as possible.

Unclogging a Drain

A clogged drain is one of the most common plumbing problems property owners encounter. To clear a minor clog without harsh chemicals, try using a plunger or a drain snake. Here’s what to do:

  1. Plunger Method: Place a plunger over the drain opening and create a tight seal. Pump the plunger up and down vigorously to create suction and dislodge the clog. Repeat as needed until the water drains freely.
  2. Drain Snake Method: Insert a drain snake into the drain and rotate it to hook onto the blockage. Slowly pull out the snake while twisting, removing the clog in the process. Flush the drain with hot water to remove any remaining debris.

Fixing a Leaky Faucet

A dripping faucet not only wastes water but can also be annoying. Fortunately, fixing a leaky faucet is a relatively simple DIY task:

  1. Turn off the water supply to the faucet.
  2. Remove the faucet handle and escutcheon to access the valve assembly.
  3. Replace the worn-out washer or O-ring inside the valve assembly with a new one.
  4. Reassemble the faucet handle and escutcheon, and turn the water supply back on to test for leaks.

Tightening Loose Pipe Connections

Over time, pipe connections can loosen, leading to leaks or rattling noises. To tighten loose pipe connections:

  1. Turn off the water supply to the affected area.
  2. Use a pipe wrench or adjustable wrench to tighten the nut or fitting connecting the pipes.
  3. Check for any signs of leaks or drips after tightening the connections, and make additional adjustments if necessary.

Fixing a Running Toilet

A running toilet is not only wasteful but can also drive up your water bill. To fix a running toilet:

  1. Remove the toilet tank lid and inspect the flapper and flush valve assembly for any signs of damage or misalignment.
  2. Adjust the chain connecting the flush lever to the flapper.
  3. If the flapper is worn out or damaged, replace it with a new one.
  4. Check the water level in the tank and adjust the float assembly if necessary to prevent overflows.

Clearing a Toilet Clog

If your toilet is clogged and a plunger doesn't do the trick, you can try using a toilet auger or plumbing snake to clear the blockage. You can find these at your local hardware store.

  1. Insert the auger or snake into the toilet bowl and push it gently until you feel resistance.
  2. Rotate the auger or snake clockwise to break up the clog and push it through the drain.
  3. Flush the toilet to see if the clog has been cleared. Repeat the process if necessary.

The Costs of DIY Plumbing

Many people take on DIY projects to challenge themselves and some do it to save some money. It turns out, simple mistakes can end result in big problems down the line – literally. If you’d rather spend your hours on something more productive, then leave the plumbing service to a trained and uniformed plumber.

Rooter Hero Plumbing offers price estimates UPFRONT on our plumbing repair service. Call us today to speak with a knowledgeable member of our team today.

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