Learn how to perform basic plumbing repairs, read helpful buying guides for all kinds of plumbing products, find tips for your next remodeling project, and more.

Plumbing Projects & Information

Do-It-Yourself plumbing projects

Many repair or replacement tasks are best left for professionals, but some are simple enough to do yourself with a little help from your friends at PlumbingSupply.com®! The subjects below offer helpful instructional aids to assist you with your DIY project. Learn how to replace an anode rod, clean a shower head, or how to troubleshoot a toilet, just to name a few. We also offer informational pages addressing topics ranging from the use of chlorine to disinfect drinking water to tips for purchasing a towel warmer to best suit your needs.

General Plumbing

How to Avoid Common DIY Plumbing Mistakes
DIY Plumbing Safety Tips
How to Turn Off Your Water
How to Turn Off Your Gas
How to Check for Leaks
Easy Water-Saving Tips
Plumbing and Your Water Bill
Plumbing and Your Electric Bill
Plumbing Maintenance Checklist
How to Winterize Your Plumbing
Prepping Your Home for the Holidays
DIY Plumbing Prep to Sell Your Home
Guide to Choosing Kitchen and Bathroom Materials
Residential Water Pressure Explained
How and Why Pressure Regulators Are Used
How to Fix Low Water Pressure
Why Do I Have Blue/Green Water Stains?
How to Fix a Leaky Faucet
Guide to Faucet Aerators
Compression vs. Quarter-Turn Stops
Common Plumbing Valve Types
How to Measure Escutcheons/Flanges
How to Install One-Hole Smitty Plates
Where and Why Air Gaps Are Used
Genuine OEM vs. Will Fit Parts
Choosing a Flood Protection System
Preventing Laundry Room Water Damage
How to Make a Flute from CPVC
Gifts That Keep On Giving

Conversion Charts, Terms Definitions & Technical Matters

U.S. Home Water Use Statistics
Plumbing-Related Standards Groups
Plumbing Dictionary
Common Plumbing Acronyms

Safety & Aging in Place

Scald Protection
Safely Aging in Place
Guide to Creating a Dementia-Friendly Bathroom
Shower Seat Buying Guide
Toilet Safety Tips for All Ages
Plumbing Maintenance and Good Health


Specialty Plumbing Tools and Their Applications
Plumbing Tools That Will Make Your Life Easer
Tools Every DIY Plumber Needs
How to Use a Strap Wrench
How to Use an Internal Nipple Wrench
How to Use a Pipe Cutter
How to Use a Pipe Flaring Tool
How to Use Drain Removal Tools
How to Use Shower Drain Tools

Pipe & Fittings

There are a number of basic plumbing skills common to many projects. For example, you might need to learn how to correctly size a fitting to match your existing pipe, a quick method for temporarily repairing a busted pipe, or the best way to use a compression sleeve puller. Increase your plumbing IQ and hone your skills with these handy tips.

Cutting and Sealing Pipe Connections
Choosing the Best Pipe for Your Project
Leak Potential for Different Pipes
Pipe sizing explained
Water Pipe Sizing Charts
Common Pipe Sizing
Finding the Correct Pipe Thread Sizing
Friction Loss Flow Charts
Plastic and Copper Pipe Flow Charts
Using Copper Pipe
PEX vs CPVC pipe
Tips for Gluing Plastic Pipe
Temporary Emergency Pipe Repair
How to Thaw Frozen Pipes
How to Keep Your Pipes and Well From Freezing
Noisy Pipes and Water Hammer Help
Why You Need Air Admittance Valves
How to Size a Gas Flex Connector


Why Don't My Fittings Fit?
When and Why to Choose a Push Connect Fitting
How to Use PVC Compression Couplings
How to Use Compression Fittings
Do You Really Need PVC Primer?


Your toilet is probably the most used fixture in your home - and anything with moving parts and water is bound to have some kind of trouble sooner or later. Learn everything you need to know to keep your toilet in top-notch working order right here.

How to Find Your Toilet Model and Parts
What NOT To Put In the Toilet
Can I Use a Brick in the Toilet to Save Water?
When and Where to Use a Macerating Toilet
How to Install a New Toilet
How To Fix a Wobbly Toilet
Toilet Repair Guide
How to Improve Toilet Performance
How to Troubleshoot a Running Toilet
Finding and Fixing Toilet Leaks
How to Replace a Toilet Flapper
How To Replace a Fill Valve
How To Install Canister-Style Flush Valves
How to Replace a Toilet Stop Valve
How to Change Your Toilet Gaskets
Troubleshooting Sloan Flush Valves

Finding Toilet Repair Parts

How to Find Toilet Repair Parts
How to Find "Will Fit" Toilet Repair Parts

Toilet Seats

How to Measure for a New Toilet Seat
How to Install a Bemis Affinity Toilet Seat
Buying Your First Bidet

Showers & Bathtubs

Everyone loves a luxurious shower or bubble bath, but dealing with the plumbing in your bathroom can be kind of scary. Let us help you overcome your fears and show you just how simple it is to upgrade your bathing area and your life!

Creating a Custom Shower
Shower Head Buying Guide
Tips for Installing a Rain Shower Head
How to Clean a Shower Head
Shower Head Reviews
How to Change a Shower Arm
How to Diagnose a Leaky Shower
How to Install a Shower Soap or Shampoo Dispenser
How to Size a Bathtub Drain
How to Replace a Bathtub Drain Flange
Bathtub Buying Guide
Whirlpool Tub Buying Guide


Your bathroom should be a haven, a place of relaxation, and is often an easy place for DIY'ers to spruce up. Whether you're looking to install a new hydronic towel warmer, need help figuring out how to put up your new shower curtain rod, or simply want advice on caring for Teak floor mats, you'll find it right here.

Adding a Basement Bathroom
Creating a Water and Energy Efficient Bathroom
How to Remove Common Bathroom Mold
How to Clean and Care for Teak
Bathroom Faucet Buying Guide
How to Replace a Bathroom Faucet
Bathroom Sink Buying Guide
Caring for Porcelain Sinks and Fixtures
Caring for Brass Sinks
Towel Warmer Buying Guide
Energy Efficient Towel Warmers
Choosing a Makeup Mirror
ClearMirror Fog-Free Mirror Installation

Saunas & Steam Bathing

The Benefits of Steam Bathing
Steamist Commercial Steam Generator Sizing


Kitchens are the quintessential gathering place, the true comfort of any home. Add small luxuries, keep things running smoothly and efficiently, and upgrade your kitchen with a variety of easy DIY plumbing projects.

Kitchen Faucet Buying Guide
How to Install a Kitchen Faucet
Kitchen Sink Buying Guide
How to Maintain a Copper Sink
How to Clean and Maintain a Stainless Steel Sink
Installing an undermount sink
How to Install a Garbage Disposal
Garbage Disposal Care and Maintenance
Troubleshooting Your Garbage Disposer
How to Clean and Unclog Your Dishwasher
Fixing Dishwasher Air Gap Leaks
How to Replace a Dishwasher Drain Hose
How to Size a Grease Trap or Interceptor

Water Quality Improvement

Water quality is important to everyone. Learn everything you need to know to help keep your softeners, neutralizers, filters, and other water quality aids in good operating condition, as well as useful tips for installing and replacing these systems.

Reducing Lead in School Drinking Water
Common Odor Problems in Water
Why Chlorine is in Drinking Water
Water Filter Buying Guide
Water Filter FAQs
Water Osmosis FAQs
Water Filter Application Guide
Water Filter Comparison Chart
How to Install an Undercounter Water Filter
Water pH and Your Plumbing
The Hidden Costs of Hard Water

Water Heaters

Water heaters are an important part of your daily life - and nobody is happy when something goes wrong with it! Keep your water heater in good condition and the wheels turning in your home with these water heater how-to's.

Tankless Water Heater Buying Guide
Tankless Water Heater Sizing Guide
Tankless Water Heater Maintenance Guide
How to Get Hot Water Faster
How to Tell When Your Water Heater Needs Replacing
Why You Need to Maintain Your Water Heater
Water Heater Troubleshooting Help
What is Thermal Expansion?
Understanding Water Heater Temperature and Pressure Relief Valves
How to Adjust Water Heater Temperature
Understanding Water Heater Anode Rods
How to Change a Water Heater Anode Rod
How to Change a Water Heater Element
How to Flush Your Water Heater

Pumps, Septic & Related Topics

How a Sump Pump Works
Choosing the Right Pump
Pump Sizing Guide
Guide to Recirculating Systems
Do You Really Need a Utility Pump?
Basic Sump Pump Maintenance
How to Install Sink Drain Pump Systems
How to Prevent the Common Causes of Home Flooding
How to Clear a Flooded Basement
Best Pumps for Excess Water and Flooding
What To Do When Your Sewer Backs Up
How a Septic System Works
How to Maintain Your Septic System
Managing Your Septic in a Flood
Using a Water Softener with Septic
Flood Facts and Safety Tips

Drains & Drain Cleaning

Drain, drain take away, all the stuff we dump today...drains are notoriously the number one plumbing problem for any home. Let us teach you the basics of cleaning out and caring for your drains, how to choose and use the best tool for your project, and ways you can help all that water get from one place to another quickly and efficiently.

Which Drain Cleaner to Use
How to Prevent Clogged Drains
How to Clean Out a Sink Trap
How to Install a Continuous Waste with P-Trap
How to Install Finish Line Adjustable Floor Drains
How to Install a Flood Guard
How to Measure for a Shower Drain Cover
About General Wire Drill-Style Drain Cleaning Tools
Using General Wire Jet-Set Cleaners
Drain Cleaning Machine Safety Tips

Outdoor Plumbing

Make your outdoor space as functional and beautiful as your indoor space with a variety of unique plumbing products. We'll help you learn how to set up a drip irrigation system, change outdoor faucets, and more.

Plumbing-Safe Tree Planting
Outdoor Shower Buying Guide
Outdoor Sink Buying Guide
How to Install a Woodford Outdoor Faucet
Replacing a Leaky Hose Bibb
Choosing the Right Garden Hose
How to Install an Automatic Pet Watering System
Outdoor Drinking Fountain Buying Guide
Drip Irrigation Installation Guide
How to Install an Outdoor Misting System

Please note: The information provided is intended to provide a basic knowledge of plumbing related repairs. This information is general and may not suit all applications. If you are at all unsure of your abilities to complete one of these projects, please consult a professional. Always remember to check with local code authorities before beginning any project.

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