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15 Plumbing Repairs Every Homeowner Should Know

July 15, 2022

15 Plumbing Repairs Every Homeowner Should Know

Of course, most of the repairs in the house need a professional for the best results. In addition, not every homeowner has the abilities of a handyman. However, many maintenance jobs can be completed by the homeowner. If you acquire some of these certain skills, this will make you more independent and can even save you money. In this article, we will go over certain skills a homeowner should know. 

Fix a Dripping Faucet

Fixing a dripping faucet requires very little ability and knowledge. First, turn off the water and stop the drain. Most likely, the compression faucet needs a new rubber washer so it can properly seal the valve. In addition, a new O-ring will stop the washerless faucet that is dripping.

Fix a Running Toilet

A constantly running toilet can be very irritating because your water bill will skyrocket. Make sure to familiarize yourself with the components of your flush valve assembly. If you get familiar, you will be able to recognize which part of the assembly needs repair or replacement.

Unclog a Drain

Yes, we know that whenever a sink is clogged, your first reaction will be to go buy some harsh chemicals from a store. However, this may be corrosive to the pipes. For situations like these, keep a small plunger and a drain snake available. With the plunger, create a seal around the drain and then pump to remove the clog. Afterward, pour a mix made up of baking soda, boiling water, and vinegar, down the drain to clear up the rest of the material. This will be a both non-corrosive and sanitary way of dealing with your drain clogs. 

Unclog a Toilet

Again, make sure to keep a plunger in your home for any type of clog. Shut down the water supply and perform plunging until you solve the problem.

Unclog a Roof Drain

It is important to properly maintain your roof drain because it can be easily clogged with many materials. If it collapses, your entire roof might collapse so make sure to unclog the roof drain before it’s too late. For this, turn on your hose at full power and feed it down the roof drain until it faces the clog. It is normal for water to initially back up, however, after some point, the pressure will overcome the obstruction comes up against the obstruction.

Unclog a Dishwasher

To unclog the dishwasher, access the drain gate at the bottom of the device, take it off and with the help of a plunger or auger, clean out the clog.

Handling Flooded Basements

A homeowner needs to deal with a flooded basement. When you are in a situation like this, take the picture and call your insurance agency. Make sure to turn off all sources of power if water is present. 

Shower Heads

Every single homeowner will eventually need to change the shower head. Take off the old head and wrap the tape around the pipe's threads to make a tight seal.  Afterward, install the new showerhead

Faucet Replacements

Although it sounds like a difficult job, replacing a faucet isn’t that hard. Key point is to choose a new fixture with holes in the same place as the old one. The rest of the job is completely up to you. Just follow the manufacturer's directions.

Main Water Valve’s Location

Every homeowner should know the location of the main water shut-off valve and how to shut the valve in case of an emergency. 

Cleaning the Sump Pump

Indeed, many of us don’t even think about the sump pump. However, maintaining them is an important process to ensure the safety of you and your family in an emergency. For this, you should know how to clean the sump pump.

Cleaning Gutters

If your gutters are clogged, water can be trapped there, harming your roof entirely. To avoid this, clean your gutters at least twice a year. The cleaning method will be similar to unclogging a roof drain.


For maximum energy efficiency, know how to set your thermostat depending on the weather.

Leaky Hose of Washing Machines

Have you noticed water coming behind the washing machine? This means you have a leaky hose. For this, after turning off the water, you can choose to replace your hoses. 

Dealing With Inside Components of Toilet

In addition to running, for different types of problems you may face, internal components of your toilet sometimes need to be changed. This is another skill that every homeowner should know. 

Know When To Call A Professional

Not everyone has the same amount of knowledge and experience when it comes to plumbing systems and DIY jobs. If you are dealing with a job you aren’t experienced in or don’t want to work on your own, call the expert plumbers of Beall Contracting. We offer many different types of plumbing services for jobs that need a qualified expert. Call us today if you need the help of a professional and schedule your appointment!