5 DIY Plumbing Hacks Every Homeowner Should Know

Abbie Clark

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Isn't it just a relief when you can fix minor plumbing issues in your home by yourself? DIY plumbing skills can save you time, money, and stress. The aim of this article is to guide you on basic DIY plumbing hacks that can come in handy when you least expect.

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Understanding Plumbing Basics

Before diving into DIY hacks, it's crucial to understand the basics of your home's plumbing system. Pipes and drains, water supply and wastewater, valves and faucets – these make up the intricate yet important system that delivers water to and from your home. Routine maintenance checks on your plumbing system can prevent small issues from escalating into major problems.

Common Plumbing Tools Every Homeowner Should Have

Being a homeowner is like being a superhero – you always need the right tools. For plumbing issues, your toolbox should contain a plunger, pipe wrench, hand auger, basin wrench, and plumber’s tape, among others. Knowing when and how to use each tool can make your DIY repairs significantly smoother.

Essential DIY Plumbing Hacks:

Now that you're familiar with the basics and the tools, let's get into some essential DIY plumbing hacks.

1. Dealing with Clogged Drains

Clogged drains can be a messy nuisance. Preventing blockages involves careful disposal of kitchen waste and regularly checking your drains for build-ups. If your drain does clog, a good old plunger often does the trick. Another solution is pouring a mixture of vinegar and baking soda down the drain, followed by boiling water.

2. Fixing a Running Toilet

A running toilet can waste a significant amount of water. The usual culprit is a faulty flapper valve which controls the water passing from the tank to the bowl. By replacing the flapper and ensuring the float is at the right level, you can usually solve this issue.

3. Repairing a Dripping Faucet

Dripping faucets are not only irritating, but they can also increase your water bills. This issue often arises from a worn-out washer. With a few tools and a little patience, you can replace the washer yourself and put a stop to the annoying drip.

4. Handling a Leaking Pipe

A leaking pipe requires immediate attention. First, identify the leak point. Temporary fixes like waterproof tape or a pipe clamp can stop the leak until a more permanent fix is implemented. However, for a long-term solution, you might need to replace the section of the pipe that's leaking.

5. Boosting Low Water Pressure

Low water pressure can make simple tasks like showering or washing dishes frustrating. Causes can range from clogged aerators to more serious pipe issues. In the case of a clogged aerator, simply removing and cleaning it can restore your water pressure.

When to Call a Professional Plumber

While DIY plumbing skills are invaluable, they have their limits. Situations like major leaks, sewer line breaks, or consistent low water pressure are serious problems that demand a professional touch. DIY attempts in such cases can potentially cause more harm than good.


Mastering these DIY plumbing hacks can turn you into your home's superhero, but remember that it's okay to ask for help. Plumbing systems can be complex, and a professional plumber's expertise is invaluable for the more serious issues. Nevertheless, with your newfound knowledge, you are now equipped to handle many of the minor day-to-day issues that might come your way. You’ve got this!

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