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Five home plumbing projects that won’t need the help of a professional

Updated on Sep 8, 2019

Home plumbing projects can be a real headache to homeowners but they are huge money savers and they can be easily attended to and fixed in no time.

There is no need to call your plumber whenever you face a problem with your home’s plumbing system for some repairs you can do yourself.

For every beginner who doesn’t know how to handle a running toilet or a leaky faucet; then you came to the right place.

Here we give you five home plumbing projects that won’t need the help of a professional.

 1- A new showerhead

Replacing your old showerhead with a new one is an easy plumbing fix that won’t require any sort of professional help. To replace an old showerhead yourself, you can either remove it by hand by turning it counterclockwise to unscrew and remove it. In case removing it with your hand isn’t possible, then use adjustable pliers or wrench where you tighten them to grip the connection then turn the head counterclockwise to unscrew and remove it.

2- A leaky faucet

Whether it’s your kitchen or bathroom faucet that is leaking; you should know that leaky faucet should be attended to at once. But before starting, you should first shut off the water supply to avoid any disasters that might occur, and then turn on the faucet for any residual water drip out. You can check YouTube videos for instructions on how to replace your leaky faucets. Just make sure you have all the right parts needed to replace the old ones.

3- Stop a running toilet

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Running toilets are a headache and a problem that waste tons of water and cause a huge spike in your water bill. Lucky for you! It is an easy job to stop a running toilet. Start by turning off the water and flushing the toilet to make sure there is no water left in the tank. Then, by removing the tank lid the problem might be in the flapper, in this case all you have to do is clean it from any minerals that have been building up on it. If after cleaning it, you find the flapper a little bit fragile and doesn’t seal well, then you should replace it at once.

4- Unclog Drains

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Unclogging drains is easy and surprisingly enough uses easy ways that are effective. A simple fix like hot water can do the job pretty well. Also, baking soda and vinegar will immediately unclog your drain. To make sure your drain is totally clear and such problem won’t appear the next day; you can go all the way and clean the U-shaped pipe beneath the sink and wash it from any debris that is found around.

5- Fixing low water pressure

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If the water coming out of your faucet isn’t strong enough then chances are the water pressure is running a little bit low than usual. This problem can require the assistance of a professional for it might be something serious; however, before calling a professional check it first for it might be nothing serious at all. Check the shut-off valve as it might not be fully on and of the pressure is still low, then take the faucet apart and clean each chamber and that shall do the trick. If – after all these trials – the water pressure is still low; call your plumber at once.

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