Simple Plumbing Repairs You Can Do Yourself

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Plumbing issues are something you'll have to deal with as a homeowner. Over time, you'll encounter a plumbing problem of one type or another, some you may be able to handle yourself, while others are going to require the help of your local plumber. See below for some simple repairs you can do yourself.

Clogged Toilet

A clogged toilet may be something you have to deal with every single week in your house, so be sure you have a plunger on hand and know how to handle it. Invest in an accordion-style plunger, as it's easiest to use. Be sure there's enough water in the toilet, so flush the toilet if you don't have water in the toilet bowl. Place the plunger over the drain and pump it up and down to create a good seal. Lift the plunger and see if the water drains out. If it doesn't, repeat the pumping of the plunger until you can remove the clog. If your toilet clogs often, switch toilet paper to one-ply, as two-ply may be too much for your toilet. 

Running Toilet

A running toilet can be caused by a number of things. It is usually the flapper inside the toilet. Replace the flapper with a new one, which can be found at your local hardware store. Remove the old flapper and replace it with the new one following the manufacturer's instructions. Don't allow your toilet to just run, it will cost you a lot on your next water bill - replace the flapper instead.

Clogged Tub Drain

If you have water in your bathtub that isn't draining out, it could be due to hair or something else clogging the drain. Reach into the drain around the plug, and pull anything out that you may be able to feel directly inside the drain. If that didn't do anything, then use your handy plunger over the drain and pump it to remove the clog. 

Clogged Kitchen Sink

A clog in your kitchen sink may be the result of something going down the drain that shouldn't have gone down such as grease and oils, or larger food particles. Use a plunger to remove the clog, but if that doesn't work, then use a commercial drain clearing product to get your water to drain. You can also use a small snake to snake out the drain in your kitchen. Be sure to never rinse oil, grease, paint and food particles down your drains. These can build up and cause a clog in your drain or out in your sewer line in your yard.

Some plumbing repairs can be done by yourself, while others should be left to a professional to prevent damage to your plumbing or causing other problems for you. Issues such as snaking the sewer line, and replacing or repairing plumbing lines (if you aren't familiar with plumbing) should be left to a professional plumber. For more information, contact a company like Ben Franklin Plumbing Services.