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Simple Plumbing Jobs Any New Homeowner Can Tackle

Starting as a new homeowner can be an exciting journey filled with various DIY tasks. Some simple plumbing jobs can save you money and help you get to know your new home better. Here’s a beginner’s guide to tackling some easy plumbing tasks that any new homeowner can handle without needing to call the pros at Roto-Rooter.

1. Fixing a Leaky Faucet

A dripping faucet is not only annoying, but it can also lead to higher water bills. Fortunately, fixing a leaky faucet is usually simple:

Tools Needed: Adjustable wrench, screwdriver, replacement washers or cartridges.

Steps: First, turn off the water supply under the sink. Next, remove the faucet handle and replace the old washer or cartridge that controls the water flow. Reassemble everything, and you're good to go!

2. Unclogging Drains

Clogged drains are common issues in many households, but they can often be resolved without professional help.

Tools Needed: Plunger, plumber’s snake, baking soda, and vinegar.

Steps: Start with a plunger. If that doesn’t work, pour a mix of vinegar and baking soda down the drain, wait for a few minutes, then rinse with hot water. For tougher clogs, use a hand auger snake to clear the pipes.

3. Replacing Showerheads

Swapping out an old showerhead for a new one can improve your shower experience and conserve water.

Tools Needed: Adjustable wrench and Teflon tape.

Steps: Unscrew the old showerhead, apply Teflon tape to the threads of the shower arm for a good seal, and screw on the new showerhead. It’s that simple!

4. Running Toilet Repair

A running toilet can waste a lot of water. Fixing it can be quite straightforward.

Tools Needed: Replacement flapper or fill valve, screwdriver, and adjustable wrench.

Steps: First, shut off the water and flush the toilet to empty the tank. Replace the old flapper or fill the valve with a new one. Adjust the flapper’s chain length if necessary, turn the water back on, and test the flush to ensure everything works correctly.

5. Basic Pipe Insulation

Insulating your water supply lines can help prevent them from freezing during winter and also conserve energy. However, there's no need to insulate drainpipes unless they are exposed directly to the elements.

Tools Needed: Foam pipe insulation, scissors, or a knife.

Steps: Measure the pipes, cut the insulation to length, and wrap it around the pipes. It’s quick and ensures your pipes are protected against the cold.

While plumbing may seem daunting at first, start with these simple tasks. You’ll gain confidence and better understand how things work in your new home. This proactive approach can be satisfying and can often lead to significant savings on maintenance costs. If you find yourself in over your head, don't hesitate to call the professionals at Roto-Rooter for reliable assistance!



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