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Common DIY Plumbing Fixes

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Is your toolbox equipped with tools that seal and unclog minor plumbing problems? You will need them at some point, and it’s common for issues to evolve slowly. In fact, slow drains in toilet are early warning signs that something is wrong, and small pipe leaks over time weaken the wood under tiles on your bathroom floor. Having simple easy-to-use tools and kits handy for quick fixes can save money on your water bill and other plumbing expenses. We’ve compiled some fixes you can do on your own.

Plumbing Symptoms to Look Out For

Minor plumbing headaches–if tended to right away– don’t require calling in an expert. Wet floors and slow drains can be easy to repair yourself. Before you do that, know what to look for:

Slow Drains

Sink— Hair and other debris fall into the sink and over time collects in the drain. A drain auger/ snake can fix the problem in a matter of minutes. Drain snakes reach deep within drainpipes and remove hair and debris clogging your sink.

Tub–Pinch nose pliers are handheld, easy-to-grip tools used to pinch out hair and debris in drains. They can grip tub stoppers if you have one, and they are the perfect size for diving nose deep into small drain holes.

Pipes–Plumbing tape seals pipe threads leaking in the joint connections. And a pipe wrench can grip and tighten pipes.


Flushing the toilet and watching the water drain slow usually indicates a problem. And pressing the lever repeatedly won’t make the water drain faster. Fixing the issue is simple; use plungers or a toilet snake to unclog the pipes. Also, inspect under the hood of your toilet tank to verify the following valve parts are operating:

  1. A flush valve has a chain connected to the flapper, which drains the water in the tank.
  2. The overflow pipe has a spout above it that pours in water. Overflow pipes block sewer gases in the drain line and retain water to prevent sewage contents from sticking inside the tank.
  3. The float cup valve controls the water refilling the tank after you flush.

Flush valves inside your toilet operate as one unit. All parts need to operate successfully so that you can flush your toilet without fear of sewage overflow. If problems persist, you can replace old valve parts with a new valve kit at your local retailer.

If using plumbing tools make you nervous or uncomfortable, no worries, no plumbing emergency is too big or small for our professionals at Allen Plumbing. Call us today!

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