Thursday, June 28

5 DIY Plumbing Fixes to help save you money!


Anytime a problem occurs with something in our house I typically turn to my husband. He seems to know quite a bit about most home repairs so it's my first resource. I would much rather try and fix things ourselves then call a repair man.  As a Roto-Rooter® Ambassador I've been learning alot about the brand, and of course more ways to utilize it too. I've also learned that not all plumbing issues require a plumber. Below are five common plumbing related issues that you can most likely fix yourself and save yourself the hassle and bill from calling a plumber.

1. Leaky Faucet. A leaky faucet can be a relatively easy fix depending on the type of faucet, so get to know the basic types of faucets and how to take them apart. You can look for instructions online; YouTube videos are the most useful. A slow drip usually means that all you have to replace is a washer, but make sure you know which size you need before buying a new one.

2. Clogged Drain. Knowing how to prevent a clogged or slow drain is just as important as knowing how to fix it. Use hair catchers in bathroom drains. Avoid putting grease or food particles down kitchen drains, and be sure you know what types of food are okay to put in your garbage disposal and how to properly operate it. And if you do run into a clogged drain try one of the handy clog remover products from Roto-Rooter® first. Most likely it will cut through whatever is clogged and clear your drain in no time.

3. Running Toilet. A running toilet is usually caused by a faulty stop valve or floater switch. This is also called the floater valve or float cup. Essentially it's the large bulb in the back of the toilet that stops the flow of fresh water into the toilet once the tank is full. While jiggling the handle to stop a running toilet may fix the problem temporarily, you can fix it permanently by replacing the entire assembly. And don't be afraid to put your hands in the water. The water in the tank is clean!

4. Preventing  septic back-up. If you have ever experienced septic back up, you know it isn’t pleasant. (We've had it happen and trust me it's not pleasant!) You can help prevent this back up by using Roto-Rooter Natural Enzyme Septic Treatment. Get into the habit of using this product as instructed on a regular basis so your septic system can stay clean and clear. (To make it easy we do it on the first day of each month, then there's no guessing when the last time was we used it.)

5. Upgrading Showerheads. Did you know that upgrading to a low flow showerhead can save you anywhere from 20-30% on your monthly water bill? You'd be surprised at how much you can reduce your water consumption with this simple upgrade.

And here's a list of what you should have handy for most basic plumbing tasks:

• Plunger (one for the sink and one for the toilet)
• Adjustable wrench
• Screwdriver
• Pliers
• Utility Knife
• Plumbing Tape
• Caulking Gun


Next time you have a nasty clog reach for the bottle of Roto-Rooter instead of your phone. Trust me you'll be glad you did!


And be sure to print this money saving coupon and save even more money!

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post on behalf of the above mentioned brand. I may have received monetary compensation and/or product in exchange for my honest and unbiased thoughts. However, all thoughts and opinions stated are my own and are in no way influenced by my partnership with mentioned brands.

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