As a homeowner, few things are more frustrating than dealing with a plumbing problem. Not only do they have the potential to cause water damage, but leaks can be exceedingly messy. There’s also the expense of calling a professional plumber to come out and fix the problem. Fortunately, some plumbing issues are relatively easy to repair on your own. Let’s look at three common plumbing problems and discuss how to handle them without calling a plumber.

1. Clogged Drains

One of the most common plumbing problems is a clogged drain. Over time, hair, soap scum, and other debris can build up in your drains and cause them to become clogged. If you find yourself dealing with a clogged drain, there are a few things you can do to try to fix the problem on your own.

Remove the drain cover and use a plunger to dislodge the clog. If that doesn’t work, try using a drain snake or an auger to reach down into the drain and break up the clog. Just be careful not to damage your pipes in the process.

If neither of those methods works, your last resort is to pour a cup of baking soda down the drain, followed by a cup of vinegar. Let the mixture sit for 15 minutes before flushing it with hot water. This method will usually do the trick, but if it doesn’t, then it’s time to call a professional plumber.

2. Leaky Faucets are Common Plumbing Problems

Another common plumbing problem is a leaky faucet. If you have a leaky faucet, chances are it’s because one of the O-rings is worn out or damaged. To fix this problem, shut off the water supply to the tap and disassemble the faucet so you can remove the O-ring. Once you have access to the O-ring, replace it with a new one and reassemble the faucet. Be sure to turn on the water supply slowly so you don’t cause any further damage.

3. Running Toilets

A running toilet is annoying and a significant waste of water (not to mention money). If your toilet is constantly running, chances are it’s because there’s something wrong with the flapper valve or fill tube assembly. To fix this problem, you’ll need to shut off the water supply valve behind your toilet and then flush the toilet so all of the water can drain out of the bowl. Next, remove the tank lid and check if debris is caught in the flapper valve or fill tube. If there is, remove it and reassemble everything before turning on the water supply valve again. If debris isn’t the issue, you may need to replace the flapper ball to stop the leak.

While some plumbing problems are relatively easy for DIY homeowners, others are better handled by professionals. If you’re ever unsure whether you should attempt a DIY repair or call a plumber, err on the side of caution and call a professional. They’ll be able to diagnose and fix your problem quickly and efficiently – without causing any further damage in the process.

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