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DIY Plumbing Tips for Homeowners

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For minor plumbing issues, many homeowners in the Sacramento area often wonder if they should attempt a DIY fix. Or should they pick up the phone and call in the professionals?  While some plumbing tasks can be resolved by the average homeowner wanting to save money, knowing when to do it yourself and when to leave it to the pros is essential.

A Few DIY-Friendly Plumbing Projects

Here are a few common household plumbing problems many homeowners should be able to resolve with a little initiative and “sweat equity.”

  • Unclogging a Drain: Slow or clogged drains are quite the problem and can often be resolved using a plunger or a drain snake. In contrast, we don’t recommend the use of OTC drain cleaners. Using these repeatedly can corrode and damage your plumbing system. If you do use a drain cleaner, be sure to use appropriate safety precautions. For example, use gloves and goggles to protect your skin and eyes.
  • Replacing a Faucet or Showerhead: Upgrading your fixtures is a pretty easy DIY project that instantly modernizes your bathroom or kitchen.
  • Fixing a Running Toilet: This is a problem we’re all probably going to have at one time or the other, wasting both water and money. Usually, it’s a problem with the flapper or fill valve, which you can easily replace with parts available at your local hardware store or home center.

Plumbing Jobs for the Pros 

We hope these plumbing tips help you, but there are times and situations when it‘s far better to get professional plumbing help. A few of these issues include: 

  • Major Leaks: In cases of a burst pipe or a significant water leak, it’s a good idea to call your preferred plumber. Water damage caused by a burst pipe can be extensive and costly to repair.
  • Replacing a Toilet: Toilet replacement is a pretty challenging project. Without the right training and tools, it’s better to let the professionals handle it.
  • Gas Line Problems: Never under any circumstance should you attempt to repair a gas line issue yourself. Gas leaks are extremely dangerous and can easily lead to fatalities. If you suspect a gas leak, immediately call for professional help!
  • Sewer Line Blockages: We can all agree, these issues can lead to some messy and unsanitary situations. Fortunately, an  experienced, licensed plumber can safely and efficiently resolve these problems.
  • Water Heater Issues: Water heater repairs involve dealing with electrical and gas components, and handling those can be hazardous. It is far better to leave repairs or replacements to an experienced plumber.

Call the Plumbing Experts at Rapid First Plumbing 

While DIY plumbing repairs can save you a little money, there are some plumbing issues requiring the expertise of a pro. At Rapid First Plumbing, we understand those complex plumbing issues can be stressful, but you don’t have to deal with them alone. 

We offer top-quality residential and commercial plumbing repair services in the greater Sacramento area, from your sinks and plumbing fixtures to your sewer line and everything in between.

Don’t panic if your DIY approach doesn’t work or you’re dealing with a plumbing issue that’s far beyond your skill level. Just give us a call at Rapid First Plumbing 916-448-2672

Our experienced team is ready to provide prompt and reliable help, and one of our plumbing experts will be right over to assist you!


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