Plumbing is one of the most complex systems in any home, which is often why homeowners call professionals to help them. However, not all plumbing problems are created equal or require the same level of expertise. In fact, there are some plumbing projects that you can easily do yourself as long as you have the right tools on hand.
In any home, the constant drip of a leaky faucet is enough to drive anyone crazy. Whether the source is in the kitchen or the bathroom, homeowners can easily remedy this issue on their own.
Two-handle and one-handle sink faucets both require you to remove the handle, pop out the mechanism and replace it or the seals. You can buy pieces individually once you identify the problem or replace everything at once with a repair kit. Bathtub faucets are a bit different as it's likely the valve seats will need to be replaced to address the leak.
The washing machine is one of the most used appliances in the house, and it's important to ensure that it stays in working order. A burst hose can produce 500 gallons of water, so homeowners must replace the washing machine hose as needed. You can do this by turning off the water supply, disconnecting the old hose and attaching the new one. It's recommended to change the hose every five years to ensure that everything operates effectively.
In the bathtub and sinks all over the house, it's likely that something will get stuck at one time or another. This is often a buildup of dust, dirt, hair and other detritus over time. While it's not exactly pleasant to be digging out this waste from the drain, it's cheap and effective. Doing it yourself could cost as little as $5, It's worth it to at least try it yourself and progress from there, but it will certainly depend on the situation.
The running toilet is another common issue that plagues most households, but it's also one of the easiest to fix. This problem comes from one of three sources: either the flush valve isn't closing all the way, the flush valve needs to be replaced or the water in the tank is too high, making it think it's low on water when it isn't. A quick inspection can determine what the cause is, and give you direction on how to fix it.
Homeowners should understand the difference between what types of projects are doable on their own, and what issues signal that it's time to call a professional. When in doubt, it doesn't hurt to get a consultation to verify if the issue is as easy as it seems. For all other problems, call your local Roto-Rooter expert to help you through your various projects around the house.
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