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MommyWeek Home: Three DIY Plumbing Fixes
Last month I shared with you home hacks to make your life easier when it comes to maintaining your home plumbing systems. Proper upkeep of our drains and pipes can save a lot of money when it comes to home repair. No matter how new and updated our houses are, we will all run into plumbing problems created by day to day use of our kitchens, bathrooms, and laundry. Today I’m sharing some easy DIY plumbing fixes for you to try before you call out for professional help. Some require a few tools, but if I can do it, you certainly can too!
Three Do It Yourself Plumbing Fixes
- Repair a leaky faucet – I think a leaky faucet is one of the most common problems we’ll face when it comes to at home plumbing problems. First determine where the leak is coming from. Whether it’s the base of the spout or the end of the spout. Make sure to turn off the water valves under the sink before you begin. Don’t forget to cover the drain holes so you don’t loose any small pieces as you repair. You’ll probably need a small wrench for taking the faucet pieces apart. Remember the order in which the parts go on the faucet. Once you have your faucet disassembled, check for any worn parts and also clean the pieces. Head to your nearest hardware store and purchase replacement washers or parts where necessary. Head back home and put everything all back together, and turn the water back on. This should solve your leaky faucet!
- Stop a running toilet – It seems like as soon as I get into bed, I’ll hear the toilet running from my bathroom. It’s probably one of the most annoying plumbing issues around. It wastes a lot of water, and could easily run up our monthly water bill. Most often you need a new floater valve or a flapper. Remove the tank cover and take a look inside. Flush the toilet and attempt to find the problem visually. If your floater valve or flapper is worn, you can head to your local hardware store and buy replacement pieces. Everything usually comes as one kit with instructions for replacement.
- Unclog Drains – As we use our kitchens and bathrooms, we are bound to get clogged drains along the way. It’s an annoying problem, but most times an easy fix. Roto-Rooter has always been a brand that I’ve trusted when it comes to home plumbing repair, and now you can find their Gel Clog Remover at stores like your local Kroger. From stubborn hair clogs to soap scum, Roto-Rooter Gel Clog Remover begins to work immediately to clear blocked drains. It’s safe for all pipes, septic systems, and garbage disposals.
I’m all about saving money, especially when it comes to home repairs. What are some of the most common plumbing problems you run into around your house?