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Are you dealing with a dripping faucet, low water pressure, or clogged pipe? You’re probably tempted to call a professional plumber, and with good reason. Homeowners usually don’t have the necessary skills for a DIY plumbing job. They can even make matters worse in the end, triggering thousands of dollars in property and personal damage. Below are plumbing tips that every homeowner should know. Maybe one of these tips will save you from making a costly plumbing mistake.

South Shore Plumbing Tips

South Shore Plumbing Tip of the Week

Toilet Flapper Check

Is your toilet playing a constant water-wasting symphony? 
It might be the flapper! If it's worn-out, water can escape into the bowl, leading to an annoying, wasteful, and costly issue.


Here's how to check and replace the flapper:

  1. Remove the tank lid.

  2.  Flush the toilet and watch what happens. If the flapper doesn't fully close or stays open too long, it's time for a replacement.

  3. Turn off the water supply to the toilet.

  4.  Disconnect the old flapper and take it to your local hardware store for reference.

  5. Get a matching replacement, and follow the instructions to install it.

It's a straightforward DIY job that can save you money and water.


Putting a stop to a running toilet is a simple fix that makes a big difference for your water bill and the environment.

Image by Giorgio Trovato

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If it is a DIY, don't make this one mistake!

A common Do It Yourself plumbing mistake is over-tightening fittings and connections, which can lead to broken bolts and stripped screws.

These are the words to #DIY by:

Hand-tight is just right. 🙌

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