When you think of plumbing, do you just see it as a hidden and mysterious network of pipes and pumps that makes your toilets and sinks work? If so, then you are very unlikely to have a go at mauntaining or repairing the system. Plumbing is not actually that complicated, and there are many things that you can do yourself to maintain and repair your system. Read on to find out how.
On very cold winter nights, allow your faucets to trickle slightly, especially if your pipes are located in a crawlspace. The running water prevents the pipes from freezing as quickly as they would otherwise. You can catch the water and use it for other household needs to prevent wasting it.
Check how well your toilets are flushing. If the handle needs to be played with in order to keep the water from running constantly, or if it needs to be held down several times in order to flush, you may need to switch out some of the parts in your tank. This is not expensive, and it could help reduce your monthly water bill. It could also mean that you avoid the embarrassment of the flushing system breaking when you have visitors!
Find a better way to discard of cooking oil instead of pouring it down the drain where it can easily clog your pipes. Keep a coffee can or other metal container handy to pour grease into after cooking. Place the can in the freezer to harden the grease and when it’s full, discard it with the trash.
Use strainers in all drains to catch hair and other objects. This will prevent all the material from going down the drain and causing a clog, which can cause a bigger problem down the line. Clean out the strainers daily so that you don’t start getting backup of water in your sink or tub.
Make sure that you disconnect all hoses outside your house when the fall season hits. This is important to reduce the chance of freezing, which can cause damage to the connecting pipes. Disconnect all of your water hoses and store them safely to put your family in the best position for the fall.
If your drain in any device is taking longer to drain water, then you may need to have your pipes professionally cleaned depending on the severity of the circumstances. Before you do this, there are several different products you can try. However, some of them are professional strength and all products should be used with caution.
Make sure you get a good recommendation or check the references before you hire a plumber. With good recommendations, it will assure that you are hiring an experienced plumber. If the experienced plumber is professional, he will have a fully stocked truck and be able to complete most small jobs in one visit.
If you live in an area that sees routine freezing temperatures, make sure you do something to keep your pipes from becoming frozen as well. There are a wide variety of ways you can keep your pipes from freezing, which will help you avoid damage to your home and costly repairs.
Avoid pouring grease or oil down your kitchen sink drain. Grease and oil can build up in your pipes and cause a backup. Instead, wait for the grease or oil to cool and solidify and either throw it away or see if there’s a place to recycle it near your home.
If the hot water heater in your house is over ten years old, you should look at replacing it. Hot water heaters are very susceptible to corrosion on the bottom. This can lead to leaking and flooding whatever room it is in. Then not only will you have to replace it, but you’ll have to fix any damage caused by the leak.
When you’re going away on a vacation, you should consider shutting off the water supply to your home. This can help stop many problems before they start. If you don’t do this, you should have someone stop by your house regularly to check that nothing has gone wrong and that your home isn’t flooded.
Realize that branch lines can get blocked and cause sewage backups that affect main lines. If you can’t clear the blockage yourself, contact a professional plumber, who can insert a snake into the line to break up the blockage.
Do not pour grease and oil down your drains. Cooking grease will build up in your pipes and could cause back-ups. Keep grease and oil in a container in your fridge and throw it in the trash when it is full. Avoid clogging your pipes with any products containing oil or grease.
If you are seeing areas in your ceiling or walls that appear to have water damage or are sagging, make sure you turn off the power before inspecting. Electricity and water do not mix. The last thing you need is to go into the attic and get shocked by a pool of water.
To avoid plumbing disasters in your kitchen, never place hard-to-grind, stringy, fibrous waste, such as poultry skins, banana peels, carrots, celery, or cantaloupe pulp, into the garbage disposer. The disposer can’t sufficiently grind these food products and they will clog your sink drain. You should also run cold water down the drain for about 15 seconds before and after using the garbage disposer to flush the waste down the main drain.
When it comes to plumbing a great choice is to invest in brass fittings. Sure, they may be more expensive upfront, however their longevity is amazing compared to the alternatives, so you end up saving money. As an added bonus, the brass fittings look so much better than the other alternatives.
It should not be necessary to call out a professional for every repair job. If you take your time and apply sensible advice, such as what you read here, you can successfully repair many of the common faults that develop. It may take a longer the first few times, but after a few successes you will pick up speed.
Ensuring that your home's plumbing is working properly is an important element of owning a home. Sometimes, you will need to pay special attention to your plumbing but it isn't always necessary to call a plumber. The tips provided below will teach you some great ways in which you can easily handle issues with the plumbing in your home.
Solder with safety in mind. When you solder a copper pipe you want to direct the flame on the copper pipe. The flame of the torch has to be four inches away from the piping. The flame should be targeted directly at the point where the copper piping needs to be disconnected.
Do not use the liquid cleaning supplies that are designed to clear clogs. These cleaners are harmful and can damage your pipes as they clear the clog. Instead of using damaging liquids, use a plunger or a plumbing snake. These are much more effective and will not harm pipes.
Do not put cooking oils, fat, or grease, down your drain. These fats cause clogs by solidifying in pipes. To properly dispose of fats, put them in a bowl with a lid that you can dispose of. Once it gets hard, throw it in the trash or compost bin.
If you operate the disposal on your sink, run plenty of cool water. Cold water helps to maintain the sharpness of the blades and makes the disposal run more smoothly. Hot water can clog your drain by allowing liquid grease to build up in it.
Sometimes you have to make the choice between replacing or repairing. If you have an old appliance, that uses a lot of water or electricity, it may be best to replace. Sure, it will cost more initially, but it will save you money in the long run. The other thing is, you can't be sure how well a repair will work out, whereas with a new appliance you'll at least get a guarantee.
Your water heater works more during the fall and winter so make sure that you eliminate all sediment buildup around this piece of equipment. Flushing this device can lead to increased longevity so that you do not face plumbing problems during the winter. This precaution will save time, money and effort.
Prevention is the key to keeping your plumbing repair bills down. Drain clogs are probably the most frequent issue you will run into with your plumbing. Drains easily get clogged by hair. Putting a strainer on your drain can solve this problem. It is much easier to remove the hair from a screen than it is to get it out of a pipe.
Avoid pouring grease or oil down your kitchen sink drain. Grease and oil can build up in your pipes and cause a backup. Instead, wait for the grease or oil to cool and solidify and either throw it away or see if there's a place to recycle it near your home.
Try to limit the amount of hair that goes down your drains. Hair can become tangled up in the pipe and end up blocking up the them, preventing water from flowing smoothly. Buy a cheap screened drain cover to put over your drain to stop any hair from going down and clean it off regularly.
One way to avoid a common plumbing problem is to make sure never to flush anything but human waste and toilet paper down a toilet. Other things made of paper like tissues, paper towels, and the like do not dissolve the same way toilet paper does and can get stuck.
When you're going away on a vacation, you should consider shutting off the water supply to your home. This can help stop many problems before they start. If you don't do this, you should have someone stop by your house regularly to check that nothing has gone wrong and that your home isn't flooded.
To protect your money from unsavory plumbers, always get a written estimate before paying a cent or committing to a project. Good businessmen know to under-promise and over-deliver to savvy customers. Once a stated number is given, it is highly unlikely that your plumber will exceed the projected costs of the project.
Every now and then, you should pour a large bucket of water down your basement floor drain. This will help to keep the trap seal full and prevent certain gases from coming up into your home. Also, be sure that you have your floor drain checked by a professional every few years.
If the water is not going into your dishwasher, the first thing you should do is shit off the water under the sink. Chances are that you have some kind of blockage, and keeping the water turned on could actually create a bigger problem. To fix the blockage, you may need to call a plumber.
If the water pressure on your street exceeds 60 pounds, you many want to consider installing a pressure reducing valve. Too much water pressure is actually harmful to your plumbing system and could cause excess water pressure. A pressure reducing valve cuts down your water pressure by almost 50 percent.
The water heater in your home needs to have regular flushing to its plumbing in order to work properly. There is usually a valve at the bottom of the water heater that a hose can be attached to. Connect a hose to this valve and open it up all the way to flush scale and deposits out of the system.
It is a general rule of thumb that you should replace a water faucet every seven years, even if you do not see anything wrong with it. Some faucet problems are not visible to the naked eye, which is why it is so important for them to replaced every so often.
As indicated by this article, there are many ways to maintain and repair your plumbing system. Using this advice for your plumbing needs saves you the money you would spend on a plumber.
♪ [APPLAUSE] >>> YOU DON'T NEED ME TO TELL YOU, YOU ALREADY KNOW THAT HERE ON DELMARVALIFE A DOWNRIGHT DISASTER. [AUDIO LOST] >>> YOU CAN GO TO THE HARDWARE STORE. THERE ARE DIFFERENT CHEMICALS YOU CAN BUY THAT ARE RELATIVELY SAFE. I HAVE USED THEM BEFORE, AND THEY WORK. YOU CAN ALSO UNSCREW THE GRID, STICK A COAT HANGER DOWN THERE, AND SEE WHAT IS CLOGGING. THERE IS A TRAP DOWN THERE THAT USUALLY CLOGS UP WITH HER. >> AND I WON'T HEAR ANYTHING UP BY DOING THAT? >> NO. THIS. I'M SO SICK OF PEOPLE GOING TO THE BEACH AND LEAVING SAND IN MY SHOWER. IS IT COMPLICATED TO GET AN OUTSIDE SHOWER? >> NO, IT IS NOT COMPLICATED. WE DO THEM ALL THE TIME. WE LIKE TO DO THEM WITH GALVANIZED PIPING, I THINK IT IS A CLASSIER LOOK, BETTER THAN LOOKING AT PLASTIC PIPING IN AN OUTDOOR FUTURE. >> OF GALVANIZED WILL NOT REST? >> OVER A LONG PERIOD OF TIME, MAYBE, BUT IT WILL HOLD UP BETTER AND WILL BE MORE FREEZE PROOF. >> AND YOU DON'T GET SAND INSIDE? >> NO. >> THAT IS ALWAYS A GOOD THING. AND SPEAKING OF SHOWERS, WHAT IS THE NEWEST, COOLEST TREND WAS SHOWERHEADS AND FAUCETS? >> SHOWERHEADS THAT THEY HAVE SPEAKERS SHOWERHEADS THAT ARE WI-FI CONNECTED. IT DOES HAVE BECOME PRETTY POPULAR, JUST SAVING WATER. AS FAR AS FAUCETS AND SHOWERHEADS GO, SAVING WATER IS THE TREND. >> SO, GET SOMETHING THAT CAN >> A LOW FLOW TO INTERJECT AIR INTO THE WATER, AND IT STILL FEELS LIKE YOU'RE GETTING HIT WITH A LOT OF WATER, BUT IT IS TWO GALLONS A MINUTE, MAYBE LESS. ON THAT SPEAKER SHOWERHEAD. ONE. AND NUMBER FIVE, I HAVE A COUPLE OF QUOTES FOR A BATHROOM REMODEL. WHILE YOU ALL OF THE PLUMBERS WANT ME TO BUY FIXTURES FROM THEM? WHAT IS WRONG WITH ME GETTING THEM? >> IF THE PLUMBER BUYS THE FIXTURE, THEN WE CAN STAND BEHIND IT. >> OKAY. [AUDIO LOST] >>> THEY WEREN'T THERE BEFORE. IT HAS NOT RAINED ALL WEEK. IS THAT A PLUMBING PROBLEM? >> YES, IT IS. MAKE THE PHONE CALL. >> THAT IS A CHALLENGING ONE? >> SOMETIMES YOU CAN OF A LEAK, AND IT WILL TRAVEL FAR AWAY TO ANOTHER PLACE TO SHOW ITSELF. >> OH. >> SO THAT IS A CHALLENGING PROBLEM TO FIX, BUT WE DO IT ALL THE TIME. >> I DON'T NEED TO TRY TO FIX THAT ONE ON MY OWN, DO I? >> NO. >> NO THIS IS A QUESTION I HAVE. WHAT IS A TANKLESS WATER HEATER? IS IT BETTER THAN A CONVENTIONAL WATER HEATER? >> TANKLESS HEATERS ARE GREAT. THE APPLIANCE INSTANTANEOUSLY HEATS THE WATER. SO A NORMAL WATER HEATER IS HEATING WATER ALL DAY, ALL NIGHT. >> WHILE YOU ARE SLEEPING? >> YOU ARE HEATING WATER, USING ENERGY. AND AN INSTANTANEOUS WATER HEATER, AS SOON AS YOU TURN THE TAP, IT INSTANTANEOUSLY FIRES HOT WATER, AND IT IS 25 PERCENT OF THE COST OF A NORMAL WATER HEATER. AND THE LONGEVITY IS MUCH BETTER IS WILL. >> THAT IS A BIG SAVINGS RIGHT THERE. SO FINALLY, SOME PREVENTATIVE MAINTENANCE CAN STOP PROBLEMS BEFORE THEY START. CAN I DO A WHOLE HOUSE INSPECTION? >> ABSOLUTELY. YES. MOST PEOPLE IN DELMARVA HAVE CRAWLSPACES IN THEIR HOUSES. AND DRIPS HAPPEN ALL THE TIME.