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5 Basic Plumbing Repairs Every Homeowner Should Know

For some of you less “handy” people out there, you have your plumber on speed dial and there’s no way you’ll take a chance on a DIY project. We get it, you’ve heard the horror stories from your neighbor who tried to tackle that measly faucet drip and then they ended up with a flooded bathroom. Fortunately, many of the most common plumbing problems can be solved with a toolbox and effort. Of course, there are still projects that are better left to the professionals, so if you ever need more guidance, reach out to the experts at Performance Plumbing. Becoming acquainted with these common problems can save you before they turn into bigger emergencies.

Here’s what you should have in your toolbox for these basic plumbing repairs:

  • Plunger

  • Screwdriver

  • Adjustable wrench

  • Pliers

  • Plumbing tape

Quick tips to remember:

  • Locate the main water shutoff valve in your home and turn it before working on any projects.

  • Don’t overtighten fittings, which can cause stripped screws and broken bolts.

  • Wear appropriate clothing such as gloves and attire you don’t mind getting a little wet or dirty.


1. Clogged drain

Taking preventative measures is just as important as knowing how to fix a clogged drain. We recommend using hair catchers for your shower drains. If you have debris caught in your drain pipes, mix together baking soda and vinegar, and pour it down for a natural solution. Never use chemical drains as they can damage your pipes. You can also try using a plunger, but if that doesn’t work, you should get in touch with a professional to inspect the situation.

2. Running toilet

This is a common problem that can often be overlooked but be the cause of your high water bill. Sure, you can jiggle the handle but that’s only a temporary fix. Some causes of a running toilet could mean a faulty stop valve or floater switch. To fix it, carefully remove the lid and place it in a safe spot. You will see a large bulb inside and that is the part that must be replaced in order to fix it permanently.

3. Low water pressure

Don’t you hate it when you turn on your faucet and sprinkles come out? When you have low water pressure, the first thing you should check is if both the hot and cold water are affected. If they are, this probably means the aerator in the faucet has calcium deposit built up inside. Luckily, a blocked aerator is an easy fix. All you have to do is remove the part and clean the debris with vinegar and water. If it’s only the hot water that’s affected, you should check to make sure the hot water heater’s shut off valve is completely open.

4. Slow draining

Have you ever been in the shower and halfway through, you realize the water has risen above your ankles? A slow panic begins to creep in because the water isn’t draining as fast as it should. This typically happens because of hair, soap residue, and other products that have built up in your drains. With a pair of gloves, pop off the drain cover, and clean up the accumulated remains. If your hands can’t catch everything you can straighten a wire hanger to pull up the debris.

6. Jammed garbage disposal

Garbage disposals can be delicate appliances that need to be treated with care. It’s important to know what can and cannot go in there— some of the answers may surprise you. Remember to always run the garbage disposal with water and put the appropriate food down. When it gets clogged or jammed, you can fix it with a hex key or Allen wrench. At the bottom of the disposal should be an opening for the key which you can insert and turn in both directions to free the motor.

Call Performance Plumbing

It’s important to know that some emergencies are better handled by a professional. Do not hesitate to reach out to us today and one of our technicians will get everything running smoothly again. Contact us online or give us a call at (757) 300-0212.