Top 5 DIY Plumbing Fixes Every Homeowner Should Know

Repairing a bathroom sink faucet.

Whether you’re moving into your first home or have been living in your house for years, there are a few basic plumbing repairs every homeowner should know. While major plumbing repairs should be left to the pros, here are the five most common plumbing problems homeowners need to know how to tackle themselves.

Read on to find out more.


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  • Penelope Smith Says:
    November 2nd, 2018 at 9:46 pm

    This is some really good information about plumbing. I liked what you said about when you do have plumbing issues you should turn off your water. That is a good thing for me to know because I am about to purchase my first home.

  • Mike Says:
    August 1st, 2017 at 4:31 pm

    You refer to a hot water heater……. Is it not a cold water heater?
    Or better yet just a water heater!

  • David Says:
    February 4th, 2017 at 10:46 pm

    What a good read this was, having been working with some of the best plumbers in La Mesa, CA, I can say with confidence that all of the tips that you gave is what I’m sure any professional plumber would agree. Knowing how to turn off the water heater is very important and giving problems. The best thing would turn it off and have a licensed professional inspect the water heater for any damages or malfunction. Water heater repair is very common in residential plumbing.

    All of the tips were great!

  • Frank Black Says:
    March 9th, 2015 at 7:03 pm

    sometimes in winter my bathrooms cold water freeze up and nothing comes out until the weather get a little warmer what is the main cause even my toilets freeze up the kitchen water always works why? thank you

  • Official Comment:

    Ben Erickson Says:
    February 3rd, 2014 at 1:46 pm

    Thanks for the feedback, glad to hear you enjoy our monthly newsletter!

  • Robert Sotak Says:
    February 3rd, 2014 at 10:32 am


    I’m 86 years old and unable to do most of the jobs at home anymore but I enjoy very much reading your emails. If they apply to our grown children and their families, I send the emails to them or discuss the projects with them. Thanks for the good that you do.


  • Official Comment:

    Ben Erickson Says:
    December 16th, 2013 at 11:35 am

    Hi Joe,
    That’s called water hammer, and it’s caused by the sudden change in pressure when you turn off the faucet. It can be prevented by installing a water hammer arrester or water expansion tank in the water line near your hot water heater. Watch our video on How to Prevent Water Hammer in Pipes to find out more.

  • Joe Amichia Says:
    November 30th, 2013 at 6:13 am

    please, can you help me to fix my plumbing problem due to when I shut or cut off any of FAUCET at my home I hear some loud noise on or in PIPES.

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Top 5 DIY Plumbing Fixes Every Homeowner Should Know