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4 Plumbing Repairs You Can Do Yourself

When it comes to plumbing, most jobs should probably be left to the professionals. Why not? Plumbers are highly trained specialists who are absolutely fantastic at what they do. This isn't to say that every plumbing job is one that needs a professional touch, however. There are a few that, with a little bit of know how and just a touch of elbow grease, you can do on your own. Get ready to slap on your tool belt and grab ahold of your thick wrench, because you're about to learn about a few plumbing jobs you can do yourself. Throughout the course of this brief article, you'll learn 4 jobs that you can do on your own.

Repairing A Leaky Faucet

This is perhaps one of the easiest fixes in the plumbing handbook. Fixing a leaky faucet requires just a few simple tools and less than an hour of your time. Repairing a faucet simply requires you shut off the water supply to the faucet and disassemble the faucet. Usually, a leaky faucet is the result of a clog, of all things. With the disassembled faucet body in your hand, take a screwdriver and run it through the body of the faucet, cleaning out any debris and gunk that may be present. Then, reassemble the faucet, and turn the water supply back on to the faucet. Voila! This will usually solve any leaky faucet woes you might have.

Stop Leaks In Plumbing Joints

Leaks in plumbing joints are another common problem in bathrooms and sinks. Luckily for you, it is also a problem easily rectified. Loosen and remove the nuts that attach offending pipes to one another. The first thing you're going to want to look at is the threading that is present at the end of all pipes. If the pipe is leaky, chances are, the threading is worn. Replace the threading; it is an inexpensive, tape-like material that is easily applied. Then, use lubricant to ensure the pipes will fit nicely in place with one another. Lubricant also serves to make sure that pipes do not leak.

Stopping A Running Toilet

Perhaps the easiest plumbing trick in the book, stopping a running toilet is a trick you may find yourself using quite often. More often than not, this is a problem with the flapper chain. Open up the top of your toilet and take a look at the rubber plug attached to the filler tube with a metal chain. Is the rubber plug not completely pressed down into its hole? Is the chain too short or otherwise tangled up? This device is called the flapper and most running toilet problems deal with the flapper's chain. Often times it gets tangled, and you'll have to give it more slack in order for the flapper to correctly clog the drain tube.

Unclog a Bathtub Drain Without Chemicals

Many people wish to use a drain remover or bleach to get rid of clogs filling up their bathtub. Having said that, these drain removers are chemical laden and can be quite dangerous; furthermore, they are not always effective. It is highly recommended you invest in a device is commonly known as a snake. These snakes are long wires that are attached to a handle that can easily plumb the depths of bathtub drains (or any drains, for that matter, really). They are easy to use and generally speaking, quite inexpensive. They are also a mainstay tool of plumbers everywhere, so you know that you are in good company!

Although plumbers have their place, not every bathroom or kitchen related problem requires the touch of a professional. Hopefully, this brief article has given you some insight into what sort of problems you can fix yourself. If you have severe plumbing problems, however, you should call a professional plumber who has the know-how to handle the situation. Check out sites like to find a professional near you.