Many homeowners shy away from fixing plumbing problems on their own—and for good reason. A fully functional plumbing system is a vital part of a safe, comfortable home, so it’s important to call a licensed plumber for help with big plumbing projects. There are, however, a few small plumbing issues that can be fixed quickly and without professional help. Read on for three easy plumbing fixes.

Leaky Faucets

closeup of water dripping from faucetLeaky faucets are among the more irritating plumbing leaks. While that dripping noise won’t do any damage to your home, it is certainly an issue to address as quickly as possible. In most cases, a bad washer or O-ring is the cause of a leaky faucet. You will need to turn the water off to the sink, and then disassemble the faucet to separate all the internal parts. Make sure that the replacement washer and O-ring you install fit exactly; if they are just slightly too small or too large, the faucet will still leak.

Leaky Toilets

A leaky toilet—one that runs constantly, not one that is actually leaking water from its base—is a surprisingly easy fix. This issue is typically caused by a problem with the flapper that seals the water exit valve at the bottom of the toilet tank. If the flapper has become corroded by mineral deposits or otherwise damaged, it will not form a good seal. You can try to clean the flapper and reinstall it, but if it is damaged, you will need to replace it altogether.

Drain Problems

woman using plunger in kitchen sinkClogged drains are among the simpler plumbing fixes for homeowners to tackle. It may be tempting to use caustic chemicals, but because they can damage pipes over time, try to think of them as a last resort. Do a quick, visual inspection of the drain in question. If you can see the clog or item causing the clog, remove the drain cover, and carefully fish out the clog. For sink, bathtub, and toilet clogs, try a plunger first. If the plunger isn’t able to dislodge the clog (or if the problem is with a floor drain), you may need an auger or snake that can reach further down the drainpipe.

Tackling a plumbing leak repair on your own can be an intimidating prospect, but waiting for a plumber isn’t always an option. With a little preparation, you’ll be able to address these small issues on your own.

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