You may not be the handiest of homeowners but that doesn’t mean that you can’t try to fix minor plumbing issues yourself. If you are at all uncomfortable with the task you should, of course, call a plumber as you don’t want to do more harm than good. That being said, there are some things that you can tackle yourself if you have a little patience and the time to fix them.

1. Leaks plumbing joints

You should be able to find the joint that has a leak in it fairly easily. After all, that is where the water is coming from. In order to fix this type of leak, you’re going to have to turn the water off and take apart the joint. Now, if you are at all unsure of how to turn the water off then it is best that you call a plumber so that you don’t turn a small leak into a much larger one.

2. A blocked sink

You can purchase drain cleaner from most stores and when you do, you must read the instructions on how to use it. This should be able to remove the blockage in the pipe. If the blockage is a little more stubborn, then you may have to use a snake to dislodge it. These can be found in most hardware stores and should be used with care. This may take some time and if you’re having no success within about an hour, you should look to have the blockage removed by a professional plumber.

3. A clogged toilet

Even a plumbing novice should be able to handle this plumbing problem provided that the blockage is not too severe. All you need is a plunger and a little effort to get the toilet flushing again. A word of advice, it is always best to get a plunger before you need one. The last thing that you want is to have a clogged toilet only moments before the in-laws come for a visit and have to run out to get a plunger.

4. A running toilet

This can be an expensive problem over time. You will constantly be running water and as such, you may notice that your utility bills are higher than usual. A running toilet is usually caused by a faulty stop valve or floater switch. You may be able to temporarily fix this with a quick jiggle of the handle, but it may require something a little more permanent.

You may need to take the lid off the back of the toilet and investigate what the problem is. With a few adjustments, you may be able to stop the water from running all the time. If you are unable to fix the problem, now is the time to call a plumber as you might need to have the floater valve system completely replaced.

5. Replacing the kitchen sink sprayer nozzle

This might be the easiest plumbing job on the list. Provided that you have taken your plumbing nozzle to the hardware store and purchased a new one that will definitely fit, it should be as simple as screwing it into place. The instructions should be fairly straightforward. Be sure to test the new nozzle several times to ensure that your handiwork is not causing any leaks and you’ll be all done!

6. Installing a new showerhead

This is something that can change your showing experience for the better. Not only will you be able to enjoy more water pressure, you can take advantage of some great features that are available on newer shower head designs.

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