Plumbing problems can be tough to fix if you don't have the training or knowledge of how the plumbing works. While there are a lot of things you can do yourself. Keep in mind, a water leak that is not fixed properly can result in water damage to other parts of your home. And water damage is one of the most destructive things to a home. Water can cause mold, rot, and other problems that can be costly to repair.
Fixtures can leak from many different parts but the most common leak is the one in the seals on the valves where the knobs or handle attached to the faucet. If that is where your leak is, removal of the valve is required. Once the valve is out, you can replace the seals and o-rings on the valve itself. Once they are replaced, the valve is reinserted and tighten into place. This is the same for the bathroom, kitchen, and any other sinks in your home. While you can get the parts at a home center or hardware store, if you are not comfortable doing it, you might want to call a plumber to fix leaky faucets for you.
One of the more common plumbing problems that you might encounter is a slow or clogged drain. This is very common in bathtubs and showers but can happen anywhere in your home. The bathroom tub often becomes clogged with hair from people shampooing their hair in the shower and allowing it to go down the drain. Once the drain is clogged, the easier way to fix it is to disassemble the drain and clean the hair out of it.Depending on the drain, this can be easy or hard to do. In some cases, the hair will get trapped at the top but if the clog is further down the line, you will need a plumber to come in and clear it.
A broken pipe inside your home can cause a lot of damage to the wood, wallboard, furnishings, and flooring. Knowing where the shut off is for the water is critical. Shut off the water a soon as you know there is a problem and leave it off until the plumber gets there to repair it. Try to get as much water up as possible right way and put a bucket under the break to catch any further water coming out of the pipe while you wait for the plumber. Remember, standing water promote mold, mildew, and rot.