DIY Plumbing Repair Tips

Are you new to the world of DIY plumbing repairs? We at Hometalk are here to guide you in this exciting new journey. We have the video tutorials, slideshows, and discussion boards to get you going in the right direction. Read our top, best, and new plumbing repair projects in order to learn from other Hometalkers.

Plumbing Repair Tips

Locate the main turnoff source

Make sure you know where your turnoff source is. In times of sudden flooding, turning off your water supply is the best immediate repair.

Look underneath sinks and toilets

A worn toilet flapper or sink cartridge are common causes of leaks. Check regularly and replace when the part is showing wear and tear.

Spot and fix leaky faucets

Turn off the water supply to the leaky faucet. Open the faucet in neutral to relieve water pressure. Disassemble and clean each part.

Maintain your plumbing joints

Tighten joints on water supply lines and waste line fittings, using pipe joint compound if needed. Repeat this process regularly.

Fix toilets without chemicals

Use a plunger first on a clogged toilet, then invest in a toilet snake if the blockage persists. Try to avoid using chemicals.

Top Projects for Repairing Plumbing

Here are our top plumbing repair projects here. Fix that leak yourself!

Popular Slideshows for Repairing Plumbing

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Plumbing Repair Videos

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How to Remove Embarrassing Bathroom Odors, With an "MG"

Here's a overview of how to install Manderley Gates SR/1 "MG" Toilet Odor Venting System

Unclog a Toilet Without a Plunger

This is the coolest trick to unclog a toilet. It's so much cleaner than using a plunger. I can’t promise it will work every time for you, but it worked every time I tried it. All you need is dish soap and hot water.

Clearing a Clogged Sink Drain and Rescuing Lost Jewelry

Ever dropped an earring or contact lens down the sink drain and thought it was gone forever? Chances are high that you can still recover it with this trick, and improve the drainage on your sink while you're at it. Watch the video for more details.

New Plumbing Repair Projects

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How to Fix a Wobbly Toilet in a Matter of Minutes
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A Step-by-Step Guide on How to Fix a Running Toilet
Water Leak Repair (Part 1) – Install a Frost Proof Faucet
Getting Rid of Old Grout and Caulking
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Unclog a Toilet Without a Plunger
Replaced Your Toilets Flapper and It's Still Running?
Toilet Seat Screwdown
Cast Iron Sink Restoration Project
How to Install a Farmhouse Drop in Sink.
Why You Need to Replace Your Shower Head - Every 6-Months!
How To Stop Holding The Toilet Handle Down So It Flushes Completely
Water Leaks: 3 Plumbing Tips that Will Help You Avoid Problems
Easy Peasy DIY How To: Fix a Too Cold Anti-Scald Bath Fixture
Common Apartment Problems - How to Be Your Own Handyman
How to Unclog a Sink Like a Pro
How to Remove Embarrassing Bathroom Odors, With an "MG"
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Adding a Second Water Line From a Refrigerator to a Coffee Maker
Replacing Copper Pipes & Fittings with the Best Plumbing Supply Ever
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Installing a Kitchen Sink in Butcher Block Countertop
Unclog Drains Without Plunging
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