3375145764_7125a59d27When your sinks or toilets aren’t working the way they’re supposed to, you may be tempted to call a plumber. But some problems are easy to fix on your own.

Following are some common household plumbing issues that you might be able to repair, instead of paying for a plumber to handle the job.

Toilet leaks

If you hear water running constantly inside your toilet tank, the problem could be a leaky fill valve. These parts are inexpensive and easy to replace, so try to make your own repair before calling a plumber.

If you see water around the base of the toilet, you may have a leaky water supply valve, which is the knob on the wall that controls the water flowing through a small hose to the toilet tank. You may need to replace the water valve — again, an inexpensive fix. Just make sure to turn off your home’s main water supply before disconnecting the hose that leads to the tank.

Clogged drains

A clogged kitchen or bathroom sink can really disrupt your day. But there are plenty of methods you can try for clearing your drain before you call a professional.

In the kitchen or bathroom, always start by plunging the clog. In dual sinks, put a stopper in the second sink before you plunge the clogged sink, and in a bathroom, block the water overflow hole before plunging.

If plunging doesn’t work, try using a drain snake. And if that doesn’t get the clog, you can try detaching the pipes under your sink; you may be able to find the clog there, or at least be able to feed the drain snake directly into the wall, allowing it to reach further down the pipes hidden in your walls.

Persistent or recurring clogs could be a sign of tree root intrusion in your main plumbing drain or a collapsing drain pipe. In that case, it’s a good idea to have a professional plumber assess the problem.

Leaky faucets

Most homes have a one-handled faucet in the kitchen, but your bath may have a two-handled faucet. In either case, if the faucet handle is leaking, you will probably need to disassemble it to find the source of the problem (remember to turn off the water supply valves before tinkering with your faucet).

Faucets have several parts — in a single-handled model, there’s a cartridge, retaining clip and O-rings. A double-handled faucet will have a packing nut, stem, O-ring and seat washer. O-rings and washers are susceptible to corrosion and are most often the source of leaky handles. Replace any worn parts and reassemble the faucet. Turn the water supply back on to see if the leak has stopped. In some cases, you may need to replace the faucet, which is relatively easy to do.

Only tackle the tasks you feel comfortable with — if you have an old home and worry about damaging brittle pipes, by all means, call a professional. While hiring a plumber is expensive, it can at least alleviate any concerns you have about doing something incorrectly.

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49 Responses to Before You Call for Help: Quick Tips for Plumbing Repairs

  1. Professional drain cleaners always know whats best to fix a clogged drain. Always hire them if simple solutions don’t work.

  2. Frank Covert says:

    I love the tips you gave here. I really love the way you presented the blog as well.

    Thanks for sharing.

  3. Plumbing problems are common in almost every home. These plumbing problems cannot always be seen. Even If you have a brand new house, it does not portray that it has perfect plumbing.

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  5. bryan flake says:

    I don’t know a whole lot about the fill valve for the toilet. After I use the restroom, I hear the sound of a very loud air gasket for a long time afterwards. If I recall correctly, the sound lasts upwards of thirty minutes. Would tinkering with the fill valve solve this issue?

  6. Clogged drain? Don’t wait for the stress to get to you. There are experts on this things.

  7. Professional drain cleaners always know whats best to fix a clogged drain. Always hire them if simple solutions don’t work.
    Clogged drain? Don’t wait for the stress to get to you. There are experts on this things.

  8. Hazel Owens says:

    I hadn’t thought about trying to plunge a clogged drain in the kitchen or bathroom. I usually think of plunging as something used only for toilets, but it’s good to know you can use it for sinks as well. I’ll be sure to plunge and unclog the drains in the way you advised next time I have a problem, but knowing me, I’ll probably end up calling a professional anyway. Thanks for the article!

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  12. Carmen Parra says:

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  13. Carmen Parra says:

    I have never had a leaking toilet, clogged drain or leaking faucet. But I did have a leaky pipe that ended up causing a big problem. A leaky pipe can can cause expensive damages if not uncovered promptly, what actually saved me from an unnecessary expense was having home insurance. I didn’t have any out of pocket cost to repair the damage. The biggest headache of all though was having to deal with mold. It was very scary and for that reason I started a blog on general information about mold. I extremely recommend having any sort of water damage looked at immediately, it can not only cause damages to your house but if mold is produced it can also affect the health of everyone in the house.
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  14. When you tackle a plumbing problem yourself, there is no guarantee behind that work. If the problem occurs again, you have to do the same work again and may even need to buy new supplies to do it. A professional plumber will guarantee the work he or she does.

  15. Some of these plumbing fixtures include hands-free faucets and low flow toilets. These plumbers also have ample experience installing water filters, water heaters, handicap fixtures, and automatic shut off valves for kitchens, bathrooms, and laundry rooms.
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  21. Anthony says:

    Great

  22. A house needs a good plumbing for very important purposes. It should be carefully planned and thought of before doing so.

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  24. Inspect the grease trap’s parts once the lid is removed. You will be removing and replacing parts during cleaning, and you need to know where the components are located and how to install them to put them back in properly. For better results, it may help to draw a diagram of the trap’s interior so that you can refer to during the re-installation process.

  25. A drain drainer is a great tool for keeping hair from going down your drain. Place a strainer in the opening of the drain. You will want to be sure to clean the strainer regularly, this will help prevent hair and other debris from entering your shower drain. If you have standing water in your shower you may have a blockage further in the line.

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  27. Homeowners also should consider replacing ancient water heaters, toilets, boilers, and other appliances with new high-efficiency or water-saving models.

  28. Mary says:

    Hi Felicia, thanks for the nice tips. I think these tips will be handy for people to repair their plumbing problems without calling for a help.

  29. Hiring a professional plumber just makes sense. Next time you are faced with your own plumbing problem please rely on the professionals.
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  31. Plumbing problems are common in almost every home. These plumbing problems cannot always be seen. Even If you have a brand new house, it does not portray that it has perfect plumbing.

  32. Whenever you have a plumbing problem, it is not bad to diy the fix if you can help it. But if you can’t then it’s time to bring the professionals.

  33. A professional plumber will look at each problem separately, as well as the entire plumbing system as a whole. Clogged drains may be caused by sagging pipes in the basement and pipes may be so old that they are falling apart.
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  34. Thanks for the tips. There are some tips of yours that I knew just now. thanks for that.

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  36. When you tackle a plumbing problem yourself, there is no guarantee behind that work. If the problem occurs again, you have to do the same work again and may even need to buy new supplies to do it. A professional plumber will guarantee the work he or she does.
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  37. Professional drain cleaners always know whats best to fix a clogged drain. Always hire them if simple solutions don’t work.

  38. Wow, I didn’t know that if my toilet made strange noises it could be leaking. I appreciate that you mentioned checking around the toilet for the valve before calling the plumber. Because I am not very savvy with things like this, it would likely be a good idea for me to call a plumber anyways. But I would want to shut off the valve before it gets worse.

  39. LNweaver says:

    Thanks for this list of quick fixes. I’ll have to try replacing a leaky fill valve if I have a toilet issue. If there’s an emergency though I’ll call a plumber- remember plumbing issues can cause water damage so it’s better to get them seen sooner.

  40. Never lean over a septic tank opening or stick your head into tank to examine its interior — you could become overcome by gases, fall into the tank, and suffocate. Leave tank cleaning and repairs to trained professionals.

  41. Joy says:

    Hi Karla and Felicia. Great post. While a persistently clogged toilet could be caused by a tree or a collapsed pipe, it could also be caused by caused by the way you use your toilet. Never flush anything but toilet paper and you’ll have a lot less clogs to deal with. Have a great weekend.

  42. Great advice! It’s surprising very few people know about devices drain snake and even less who are willing to do the repairing themselves. Even though it saves a lot of time and money

  43. steve says:

    Hi FELICIA
    really great quick tips you have provided her
    just awesome i would love come here again
    thanks for sharing it with us

  44. It’s also good to get recommendations from friends and family to ensure that you hire a reputable plumber. It’s good to compare at least three different ones to get a better sense of who you should hire. Nathan
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  45. I appreciated this post. It is very helpful to know when you have a leak and how to fix it. It can be inexpensive to fix parts of your toilet without calling a plumber and keep the cost down.
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  46. I always tell my customers if they have a problem with a clogged drain they should try plunging or using a drain snake. If all the usual tips don’t work, then I have to come out because finding the clog may result in the need detach pipes to reach the clog or you may have a bigger problem all together with your main plumbing drain.
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  47. Jony says:

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  48. Plumbing problems are common in almost every home. These plumbing problems cannot always be seen then these quick tips can help us..thanks

  49. Plumbing problems are common in almost every home. These plumbing problems cannot always be seen..these quick tips can help us..thanks

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