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Plumbing Projects You Can Do on Your Own

While we certainly don’t mind if you pick up the phone and give us a call, there are some plumbing projects that even the novice do-it-yourself-er can handle. Here are a few common plumbing repairs and replacements to take on the next time you’re itching for an easy DIY project:

1. Change a shower head

To upgrade your shower head, all you really need is a pair of channel locks. Loosen your current shower head’s nut, and twist counter-clockwise until it comes off. If you notice a leak, apply some plumber’s tape on the threads before screwing in your new shower head.

2. Fix a leaky bathtub faucet

This fix will only take 15-20 minutes. Again, you’ll need channel locks and plumber’s tape for this project as well as a multi screwdriver and a seat wrench. Turn off the water, remove all knobs and valves, and replace the cartridges and seats. These new parts should be more water-tight, but wrap with plumber’s tape as an added precaution. Screw in the remaining pieces, and tighten with channel locks. Watch this video for step-by-step instructions.

3. Repair a running toilet

Woman fixing plumbing

A running toilet is not only annoying, but it also wastes a whole lot of water. All you need for this repair is a pair of wire cutters, a flat head screwdriver and a Philips head screwdriver. Open the toilet tank and look at the flapper. This piece can become worn out due to a number reasons. If your toilet’s flapper has seen better days, head to your local home improvement store and pick up a universal replacement flapper.

These plumbing projects don’t seem too difficult, right? If you feel uneasy about performing any of them on your own, don’t hesitate to contact Service Plus Heating, Cooling & Plumbing at (317) 434-2627. Our plumbing service experts service the entire greater Indianapolis area.

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