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3 Plumbing Problems You Can DIY

3 Plumbing Problems You Can DIY

3 Plumbing Problems You Can DIY

When it comes to plumbing, you may be tempted to call a professional, but there are some problems that you can fix yourself. Below, we've outlined three common plumbing issues and how to handle them:


Slow Draining Sink


If your sink is draining slowly and you don't have a plunger handy, grab one from the bathroom or kitchen. Put the plunger on top of the drain and push down on it to create suction. This will pull whatever was clogging the drain up. You can also use a standard toilet brush to create suction while plunging down on the clog. Repeat as necessary until whatever's blocking your drain comes loose or until water begins to flow normally again (whichever happens first).


A plumber's snake looks and works like an auger, but it has a special head for unclogging pipes from 2 inches to 12 inches in diameter. It comes with interchangeable heads for different sizes of pipes so you may need more than one if your plumbing issue is not so simple.


Clogged Tub Drain


If you have a clogged tub drain, there are several things that may be causing the problem. It could be too much toilet paper or hair that's been flushed down the drain. The first thing to check is your plunger. If this doesn't work, try using a snake or auger to remove whatever is blocking the drain. You can also use chemical cleaners on stubborn clogs if they're not going away with other methods.


Running Toilet


A running toilet is always a nuisance, but it's one that you can usually fix yourself. If you hear the sound of water constantly trickling into your toilet bowl, there are a few things that could be causing it:

  • The flapper valve or chain may be worn out. You can replace them with new ones to fix this problem.
  • The float ball or fill valve might need cleaning, which could cause your tank to overfill and overflow into the bowl when you flush. Clean these parts with vinegar and water before reassembling them in their proper places to see if they solve the issue at hand.
  • Low-flow toilets use less water than standard models do, so they're prone to running. If your family uses low-flow toilets and you notice excessive running in one of them (and no other drains), check out our guide on how to fix this problem using only materials from around the house!


There are some plumbing problems you can fix yourself.


There are some plumbing problems that you can fix yourself, but you should call a professional if you’re not sure about what to do.

  • If your sink drains slowly:
  • Clean out the trap by opening the drain stopper and using a slip-joint pliers or channel lock pliers to remove the drain plug. You may need to use a screwdriver to pry off the rubber gasket that seals around the sink flange before removing it from its seat in order to access the trap below (the area where water sits as it drains down into pipes). Use caution when removing any parts so as not to break them! Once all of these pieces have been removed, clean out any debris on top of or inside of your pipes with steel wool or an old toothbrush. Then, put everything back together again in reverse order (be careful not to cross-thread!).


If you're having a problem with your bathroom plumbing, there are some things that you can do yourself to get it fixed. While we recommend calling in a professional if your issue is more complex than just a blocked drain or running toilet, most homeowners can handle these three common problems.


It's best to call a plumber right away if you suspect that your pipes are leaking or obstructed. You never know when something with your plumbing system can go wrong and seriously harm your house or property. Give ASAP Plumbing a call if you have any questions concerning the symptoms of a leak - (228)-865-ASAP. We're pleased to assist.


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