5 Most Common Home Plumbing Problems You Can Fix

Jun 22 2018
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I actually did ALL of the plumbing for my home, that’s two kitchens and three bathrooms over three floors of living space. But there are some plumbing problems that even make me hesitate to fix. Case and point: When I had to take a part my dishwasher because it stopped draining! My hard water has created A LOT of issue for me and not just the dishwasher, every couple of months I have take off my shower heads and soak them in vinegar or they’ll just stop working lol But, like in all things, everything is fixable! The following is an article submitted to Grandma’s House DIY that I felt was really informative.

As a homeowner, you know that buying a house is a lot more than a financial investment. It’s your home. It’s a safe haven, an extension of your personality and character, and, for many, a passion project. Naturally, maintaining your home can also come with its own set of challenges, and plumbing problems are usually high on the list of things you think you can’t repair yourself.

But that’s not always true. Check out these five most common problems you can fix on your own.

5 Most Common Home Plumbing Problems You Can Fix yourself, unclogging drains, dripping shower heads, replace shower knobs, fixing unclog, clogged up drains, using a plunger to fix a leaking or running toilet. How to install a new shower head.

Fixing a Leaky Faucet

Leaky faucets are not only one of the most irritating problems (that dripping sound will definitely keep you up at night), they can also mean waste. In most cases, you don’t have to call an HVAC professional to fix the problem. You may only need to replace the washer to have a faucet that’s as good as new. If the dripping doesn’t stop, though, it’s best to call your favorite plumber to sort out what’s really causing the leak.

Changing a Showerhead

5 Most Common Home Plumbing Problems You Can Fix yourself, unclogging drains, dripping shower heads, replace shower knobs, fixing unclog, clogged up drains, using a plunger to fix a leaking or running toilet. How to install a new shower head.

Click on image via Flickr by John Loo

There are two reasons you should consider changing a working showerhead: One, it will enable you to update your bathroom’s style. Two, ditching your old shower head for a¬†low-flow showerhead can reduce water consumption by up to 60 percent. It’s soft on your monthly bill and on the environment.

Upgrading it yourself is as easy as buying a new showerhead, checking to make sure you have the right tools, and following the instructions. You’ll need a wrench to remove the old showerhead, and that will probably be the toughest part of the upgrade.

Stopping a Running Toilet 

Temporary fixes for a running toilet can buy you some time (the most common one is to slightly shake the flush handle until it stops running). But if it’s a recurrent or continual issue, it’s best to set some time aside to replace the flapper valve, a simple solution for the most common cause of a running toilet. If the flapper valve isn’t the issue, it may be time to call your favorite HVAC professional, as your water bill is running, too.

Unclogging Drains

5 Most Common Home Plumbing Problems You Can Fix yourself, unclogging drains, dripping shower heads, replace shower knobs, fixing unclog, clogged up drains, using a plunger to fix a leaking or running toilet. How to install a new shower head.

Click on image via Flickr by David Blackwell.

Of all the plumbing problems, unclogging drains can be one of the peskiest. A plunger will probably clear the drain for now, but there are simple ways to avoid future clogs. Install a hair catcher in your shower drain, and watch what you wash down your kitchen sink. A mesh drainer in any sink is helpful, too. If your drain clogs even with those measures, you may have issues that require a professional.

Installing a Kitchen Faucet

When you want some interior design changes in your kitchen but aren’t ready to tackle a big project, updating the faucet is an easy compromise. Buying a new faucet for your kitchen sink can spruce up the room. Following the instructions that come with your new faucet, and ensuring you have the tools you’ll need, will help make this a relatively simple project. Your local hardware store can provide tips.

Having your trusted plumber on speed dial is convenient, but you’re perfectly capable of handling some plumbing problems yourself.

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5 Most Common Home Plumbing Problems You Can Fix yourself, unclogging drains, dripping shower heads, replace shower knobs, fixing unclog, clogged up drains, using a plunger to fix a leaking or running toilet. How to install a new shower head.

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6 Comments

  1. June 22, 2018 at 12:53 pm

    Your posts always make me wish I would take a little more chances on fixing some things myself, but I am scared that I will make a larger problem.

    • June 22, 2018 at 1:02 pm

      Hi Carol, I hear ya! So many times my diving in to do things is honestly just a lack of funds and choices to do otherwise. It has taught me a lot though and for that I am very appreciative!

  2. June 23, 2018 at 3:08 am

    We installed a non-electric water softener 15 years ago because we live in a hard water area. It cost – but the savings we have made over those years far outweigh costs. It runs with salt blocks. The salt blocks have to be bought of course, but we have NEVER cleaned the shower head, the taps, we don’t have any fur build-up at all, and soaps and shampoos go a very long way indeed.

    The first water softener had to be replaced six months ago (the beads that collect the fur eventually stop working), but the replacement was cheaper because of course we didn’t have to have the plumbing done, just replace one with the new one. If ever I was going to recommend anything around our house, this would be at the top of the list or near it!

    • June 25, 2018 at 8:55 am

      Susan, I am so totally looking into this! Thank you so much for the info!

  3. June 27, 2018 at 1:11 am

    Tarah – forgot to say that you can drink this water, but you might just get a little salty taste hovering in the background there. The company that I deal with gave me a drinking water tap free as part of the deal. This takes the water direct from the incoming supply, but bypasses the softener. This water goes through a charcoal filter which they come and change every six months (we pay for the new filter). But knowing you, if there is a supplier you can find a filter from you will be able to change yours all on your own!! Hope this helps too.

    • June 27, 2018 at 8:50 am

      Susan, that’s great to know! I wondered about that actually. One of the reasons I opted out of a water softener was also not wanting to get even more salt in my diet lol. Thank you!

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