Hopefully, you’ve never had the helpless feeling of a major plumbing emergency in your home. Watching water spew from a pipe or a toilet overflow to the point of water running into other rooms is never fun. You’re completely at the mercy of a plumbing company to fix your problem. But there are other, smaller issues you can easily take care of yourself or at least be informed about before deciding to call a professional. Here are some tips.

My toilet seat is sliding. What can I do?

This is an incredibly common problem homeowners face. It doesn’t mean you need a toilet seat replacement or anything like that. First, pry open the bolt covers on the back of the toilet seat. Center the bolt(s) and tighten the wing nuts on the underside of the bowl.

My kitchen sink stinks. How can I get rid of this odor?

The odor is coming from your garbage disposal. There are a couple of options here. The first option is cutting up a lemon, put the pieces down the drain, run cold water, and turn on the disposal. (Just please, please, please make sure to not have your hands anywhere near the disposal when it’s turned on.) The lemons will naturally help eliminate the smell. If lemons aren’t your favorite things on earth, you can also use dish soap. Just turn on the cold water, turn on the disposal, and squeeze dish soap down the drain. You’ll see the suds start bubbling up. Turn off the disposal and assess the smell. Do it again if needed.

Water pressure problems in home.

There’s an on and off whistling sound coming from my pipes. This likely means the pressure in water pipes is too high for your home. Your water pressure should be 80 pounds. If it’s higher than that, code requires that you get a pressure-reducing valve for your home.