Plumbing systems are complex and can malfunction at the worst possible times, but fortunately there are a few repairs that homeowners can safely fix on their own. 

1. Fix a leaky kitchen faucet

Faucets are relatively simple and don’t require a plumbing license to fix. Don’t ignore that drip, or you’ll be in for an unpleasant surprise — either with a high utility bill or serious water damage. You’ll need a faucet repair kit, O-ring seals, an allen wrench, pliers, slip joint pliers, and a 4-in-1 screwdriver.

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2. Fix a running toilet

A simple fix will solve nine out of 10 toilet flushing problems. To stop a running toilet, you’ll need cutting pliers, rubber gloves, pliers, a replacement fill valve, and a toilet flapper.

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3. Unclog the drain

Clogged drains can be caused by hair, grease, and other gunk that goes down the drain. Unclogging the drain is a pretty simple fix that only requires a needle-nose pliers, a 4-in-1 screwdriver, a utility knife, and a heavy wire to bend into a hook.

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4. Fix a leaking water heater

A leaking water heater can be caused by a temperature and pressure relief valve, or a water heater drain valve. If the water heater is leaking from the relief valve, then the cause may be a defective valve or extremely high temperature or pressure.

Forgetting to routinely flush the water to remove sediment from the bottom of the tank can lead to rumbling and a leak from the drain valve. The repair process is simple but time-consuming.

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5. Fix the water softener

Problems with the water softener can often be addressed by checking the brine tank for excess salt buildup and cleaning the resin bed.

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6. Replace the shutoff valve

The shutoff valve turns off water in case of a sudden overflowing toilet or leaking faucet. The repair takes about an hour but could help prevent serious water damage.

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If DIY repairs don’t solve the problem, then call Roger The Plumber for professional service.