There are many plumbing jobs that you as a single mom can do around the house without having to call a plumber.
Hiring a plumber is not an easy task plus it can be quite expensive and if you don’t do it right you run the risk of having an unscrupulous plumber overcharge you for a simple and easy plumbing job.
Below we’ve curated videos (illustrated by women of course) on how you can easily fix 11 DIY plumbing problems that you will run into sooner or later around the house.
With the right tools and good instructional videos, you’ll be able to successfully complete these relatively minor plumbing repairs all by yourself.
Table of Contents
- 1 Where is your Water Shut-Off Value Located?
- 2 Your Basic Tool Box
- 3 #1 How to Change a Showerhead
- 4 #2 How to Change a Toilet Flapper
- 5 #3 How to Change a Shower Head
- 6 #4 How to Change the Flush Handle on a Toilet
- 7 # 5 How to Remove Silicone Caulk from Your Bathtub, Shower or Counter
- 8 #6 How to Fix a Garbage Disposal by Plunging the Sink
- 9 #7 How to Fix a Leaky Faucet
- 10 #8 How to Unclog Sink with Dawn Dishwashing Soap
- 11 #9 – How to Properly Use a Plunger to Unclog a Toilet
- 12 #10 – How to Unclog a Toilet Without a Plunger
- 13 #11 How to Snake a Toilet
- 14 Final Thoughts
Where is your Water Shut-Off Value Located?
Outside of your home, you should be able to find the main shut-off valve that is usually located near your hose bib and the rest of your irrigation system.
The main water shut-off valve is the most important valve in your home. Being able to find it quickly in a plumbing emergency can help minimize secondary damage.
You’ll either have a ball valve or a gate valve handle for the main water shut-off.
To shut the ball valve off you simply turn the handle a quarter of turn pushing down and to turn it back on move the handle up so that it’s in line with the plumbing pipe.
If you have a gate valve you will see a circular handle, turn the handle in a clockwise motion until you can no longer turn it until the water is shut off. Turn the handle counter-clockwise to turn the water back on.
For the DIY plumbing problems that we’ll discuss today, you shouldn’t have to go outside to turn off the water but we thought it was important for you to know how to do so in the event of a plumbing emergency.
You can locate your water supply shut-off valve inside of your home by looking under your kitchen sink or behind the toilet in your bathroom.
Finally, know when a plumbing job is over your head is so important as well as knowing which jobs that plumbing permits to be pulled because in these situations you will need to hire a licensed plumber to complete the job.
Your Basic Tool Box
- A Plunger (one for the kitchen sink and a different one for your toilet)
- Caulking Gun
- Teflon Tape
- Utility Knife
- Adjustable Wrench
#1 How to Change a Showerhead
#2 How to Change a Toilet Flapper
#3 How to Change a Shower Head
#4 How to Change the Flush Handle on a Toilet
# 5 How to Remove Silicone Caulk from Your Bathtub, Shower or Counter
#6 How to Fix a Garbage Disposal by Plunging the Sink
#7 How to Fix a Leaky Faucet
#8 How to Unclog Sink with Dawn Dishwashing Soap
#9 – How to Properly Use a Plunger to Unclog a Toilet
#10 – How to Unclog a Toilet Without a Plunger
#11 How to Snake a Toilet
Most plumbers aren’t in the business of letting you know that the plumbing problem you just hired them to fix that you could have done it yourself and saved the money.
All the DIY plumbing jobs mentioned above only require some very basic plumbing skills.
Of course, you don’t have to take our word for it, try it out for yourself and we think you will be satisfied with the results.
Grant it, some plumbing jobs when done wrong, can end up costing your more in the long run.
If you do decide to hire a local plumber, be sure to ask them after they’re done if this was a job you could have done yourself but don’t expect them to give it to you straight until after they’ve processed your credit card payment.