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Plumbing Fixes That Don’t Require a Professional

DIY Plumbing Projects

Plumbing is a profession that requires years of training and work experience to become certified. Many homeowners who — while they may be handy — get ahead of themselves when it comes to fixing some plumbing issues that are a little out of their league. As professionals, we know the importance of proper installation, maintenance, and repairs to avoid bigger and more expensive problems in your home.

However, there are some plumbing fixes that we feel comfortable leaving to those handypeople who have the time and energy to spend on these projects. Read on for a list of DIY repairs and some tips to help you complete them properly.

Faucet Leaks

If you’re tired of hearing the constant drip, drip, dripping of a leaky faucet, but don’t want to call a plumber, you can fix the leak yourself in about an hour. While each faucet is different and requires proper research ahead of time, here are some universal tips to help get the job done:

  • Cover the drain with a rag to catch any parts that may fall.
  • Take photos or write down the order of parts, faucets can be complicated and if re-installed incorrectly, you could be making the problem worse.
  • Take your time, rushing will likely cause you to miss a step!

If you’d rather not take the time to solve the leaky faucet on your own, your plumber will be happy to make a visit.

Running Toilets

Is your toilet running? Well then, you’d better go catch it!

Now that that is out of our system, we can tell you that fixing a running toilet is something every homeowner can do themselves! There could be a few parts in the tank that are causing the constant running.

Before working on your toilet, be sure to:

  • Turn off the water to the toilet with the valve often behind or to the side of the commode.
  • Flush the toilet to remove all the remaining water from the tank.
  • Now you can inspect the different parts and determine which is causing the problem. If your flapper is deteriorating, you can replace it with a brand new one for a better seal. If the problem is with your ball float being too high, simply bend its arm down a hair.

If you’re still experiencing an issue you can’t solve, you can always call the professionals to ask!

Unclogging

We always appreciate when a homeowner tries to unclog their drain before calling us because oftentimes, the clog is small and easily removable. Thus, you don’t need to waste time getting a plumber out to your home.

If the clog is in your toilet, grab your trusty plunger and give it a go. You can also use the plunger on your sink or bathtub drains. If it doesn’t do the trick, you can try removing the blockage with a drain snake or auger. When even that doesn’t work, then it’s time to bring in the big guns, aka Tip Top Drain Pros & Plumbing Experts!

Plumbing Services in Encino

When you need a little more help and a little more experience for your plumbing fixes, give Tip Top Drain Pros & Plumbing Experts a call at (833) 207-0817!