Plumbing can cost a lot of money, so being prepared and knowing how to take care of your plumbing in Seaview can be very beneficial to you and your wallet. By knowing how to take care of your plumbing, you can save time and save yourself a lot of money, in the end.
If you have issues with the plumbing making a hammering sound when you turn it off, check your water pressure. Any time your water pressure is above 80 PSI, you will hear extra water noise. This can be easily solved by the installation of a pressure-reducing valve, which can be done by most homeowners.
If you have a clogged drain, don’t use cleaning chemicals to try to clear the clog. These harsh chemicals can corrode your metal pipes leading to leaks and broken pipes over time. Instead, stick to a plunger or make use of a plumbing snake to clear them.
Avoid using hard cleaners on your toilets, such as drop-in cleaner tabs in the tank. When these tabs are almost completely dissolved, what’s left of the tab gets washed into the bowl. This can then end up clogging the toilet’s port holes, preventing the toilet from flushing properly. It can take months for this debris to finish dissolving in those holes.
A sink hose that is installed incorrectly will lead to water flowing into the dishwasher. The hose leading from the kitchen sink to the dishwasher must lead uphill and then back downhill in order to prevent mixing of water from both devices.
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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.
To avoid freezing pipes in the winter, make sure to insulate any exposed pipes in you basement before winter comes. Pay extra attention to pipes near the outside walls. If you have had a problem with any particular pipe freezing in the past, apply some heat tape to insulate those pipes.
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.
Work with plumbers that offer flat rates. When a plumber in Seaview is charging by the hour, they do not have an incentive to get the job done quickly. It is human nature to go just a little bit slower if it’ll mean extra money in our pockets. If you cannot find someone who charges per project make sure that you are vigilant in watching the clock and their work.
Sometimes kitchen sinks can be clogged up due to a slow accumulation of solidified grease. One quick fix for this is to try pouring very hot grease down the sink, which will liquefy the grease clogging the drain and carry it down. Water won’t work, because grease will not dissolve in water.
The key to finding a great plumber for new construction is to look at their prior jobs. Good plumbers take pride in the work they do, so they will have photos and references from previous jobs. If the plumber you are considering hiring does not have references or photos of previous jobs, then stay away and find another.
If you are thinking about becoming a plumber yourself, then you should first try to start out as an apprentice. If you can find a good mentor then you will learn a great deal more from watching and assisting him than you possibly could learn by working on projects alone.
Never try to undertake a project that you are unsure of. Additionally, never call on a friend to help you with something, if they are not a professoinal. There have been hundreds of good friendships ruined by a guy claiming to know exactly what he is doing, when the truth is he is clueless.
If you have an ice maker or other plumbing going to your refrigerator, every six months or so pull the refrigerator away from the wall and inspect this plumbing. There should be no condensation or corrosion on these plumbing lines, if there is, contact a plumber and have them look at it.
Be sure to have a running toilet fixed as soon as you can. Having a running toilet uses more water, which raises your water bill. To fix it yourself, you just have to find out what the problem is and buy the supplies you need. If you can’t fix it yourself, call a plumber.
Sometimes in the case of minor and or major emergencies we all have to become Mr. Fix it ourselves. If you’ve got blockage in your drains the first step is to try a commercial de-clogger like Drano. Simply pour it down the drain, wait ten minutes, and presto, your drain should be clear.
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.
If you are going to update the plumbing in your house, one thing to consider is installing a new tank-less water heater. They are much smaller than traditional tank heaters, which is a space-saver. Tank-less water heaters are available in gas or electric, depending on what your house needs.
By knowing your plumbing and how it works, as was stated before, can save you a lot of time and money. There’s nothing worse than a plumbing accident to mess up your day. So, using the advice from this article, you can be sure to save yourself a big headache!
My name is Tom Roberts and on behalf of the Australian Building Codes Board, I'd like to welcome you to the update of the future of the Plumbing Code of Australia. Topics covered in this presentation include the history of the PCA, an overview of the regulatory framework surrounding the PCA, important information on how the NCC has changed, projects being conducted by the ABCB, intended for NCC 2019, key dates for the NCC development cycle, and how to register for the NCC. So where does the Plumbing Code of Australia or PCA sit within the regulatory framework? When you look at planning nationally, you can see the PCA and the rest of the national construction code is called up by state and territory legislation. The ABCB works within this area. Technical reference documents such as Australian standards are called up in the PCA. The PCA sets out the role of standards it calls up, and which parts and editions should be used. Administrative matters such as licensing approvals are retained in the regulations and not part of the NCC. The national construction code consists of the Building Code of Australia or BCA, which is the NCC Volume 1 for Class 2 to Class 9 buildings, and NCC, Volume 2 for Class 1 and 10 buildings. The Plumbing Code of Australia, NCC Volume 3 is for all classes of buildings. Historically, the regulation of plumbing and drainage in Australia has developed in close alignment with state and territory water and sewage authorities as they are regulated for sanitary drainage and water supply. The National Planning Regulators Forum or NPRF was established in 2002 with representatives from states and territories to develop the Plumbing Code of Australia. The PCA 2004 was published, however, only adopted by Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria, and the ACT. In 2010, the PCA was reviewed as part of initiatives to incorporate all on-site construction requirements into a single code. The PCA 2011 was released as Volume 3 of the NCC by the ABCB. From 2011 to 2016, there was an annual change to the PCA, however, from 2016 onwards, the NCC has moved to a three year amendment cycle to provide greater stability for industry. During the lead up to NCC 2019, the ABCB has been able to focus on a number of projects to improve the PCA. The 2016 edition was the first NCC edition to be freely available online. So what's been done by the ABCB while not publishing its annual amendments to the PCA? The main projects include the development of acceptable plumbing practices, plumbing research in four main areas: backflow prevention, rainwater harvesting and use, fixed unit ratings, and warm water systems. The harmonization of the PCA and the BCA, the development of Australian Standards are another of other ABCB projects. I mentioned before acceptable plumbing practices, or APP, but what is it? An APP is an optional means of compliance with the performance requirements of the PCA. Similar to the structure of Volume 2 of the BCA, which contains acceptable construction practices, an APP would provide a simple solution, veneer single, detached slab on-ground Class 1 or Class 10 buildings. This will give practitioners the option of using reference documents such as ANZ/AS 3500 or the APP for these simple building types. The content of an APP will be developed based on the content of the New Zealand building code where it is also used as a compliance option. How would an APP fit into the regulatory framework of the PCA? As you can see on the slide, there's still an option of undertaking the performance or Deemed-to-Satisfy solution to meet the performance requirements of the PCA. Reference documents such as AS/NZS 3500 will remain the primary means of compliance for Deemed-to-Satisfy solutions and will still apply to all classes of buildings. However, for new single, detached slab on-ground Class 1 or Class 10 buildings, the APP will also be an option freely available and contained within the PCA. The Plumbing Code of Australia Research and development project was commenced in four areas of plumbing and drainage which were identified requiring exploration. These four areas include: backflow prevention, rainwater harvesting use, warm water systems and fixed unit ratings. Backflow prevention research has resulted in a report based on the desktop survey and preliminary targeted consultation which was released in 2015 for public consultation. Some of the key findings of the report discussed errors such as registration and testing which were considered to be not consistently enforced. That cross connections generally occur in individual and or agricultural situations and are also under reported. There was no evidence of widespread failures with general causes of being lack of awareness, poor design or mistakes. The only consequences, not the probability or likelihood, is considered in the risk assessment. Regulatory reliance on informative Appendix G of AS/NZS 3500 Part 1. The application to non-drinking water installations is unclear. Containment protection, application and responsibilities are unclear. The report contained recommendations for further work which the ABCB Board endorsed for the ABCB offers to progress. These consisted of containment protection outlined by both the network utility operators and within the PCA with greater engagement to aid the consistency. The development of cross connections control manual clarified above-ground rainwater tanks as low hazard. Probability in consequence risk methodology, a Deemed-to-Satisfy version of Appendix G to be developed and to be contained within the PCA. Clarification of backflow prevention requirements for non-drinking water supplies. Development of Deemed-to-Satisfy for access and maintenance solutions. Consolidation of NUA containment provisions within the PCA. Rainwater harvesting and reuse has resulted in a report which explored regulations, standards and guidance material and similar to the backflow prevention report, consisted of targeted consultation. The report was released in 2015 for public consultation. The key funding to the research confirmed national inconsistency. The recommendation of the report were endorsed by the ABCB Board for the offers to progress. These recommendations included increased engagement with affected industry stakeholders to promote national consistency. To recognize rainwater harvesting in the PCA for a new part. Clarify the application of the PCA with relation to rain water in other parts. Clarify the status of rainwater tanks used for bush fire control. Develop a non-mandatory handbook for the National use and current regulatory controls identified. Research on warm water systems has intentionally been selected as there is currently no prescriptive solutions in the PCA for these systems. The research resulted in a report outlining literature on design installation and maintenance of warm water systems. The development of a Deemed-to-Satisfy solution for warm water systems was not progressed due to the site specific nature of the systems, and the multiple means of Legionella and scolding risk mitigation strategies. The report was released for public consultation in 2015 and was updated based on the comments received through public consultation. The report has since been reformatted into a draft ABCB handbook and a peer review is currently being undertaken by consultants to ensure the information provided within the handbook is technically accurate and complete. Once reviewed and endorsed by the ABCB Board, the handbook will be made publicly available to provide guidance to practitioners. The final research project relates to a fixed unit ratings. This project was selected as current methods for pipe size and calculations are based on almost 80-year-old methods developed in the USA. Research resulted in a discussion paper being developed by consultants and was released by the ABCB in 2015. The paper explored the origins of current fixed unit ratings, basis and value of overseas equivalents, and comparisons with the Australian context. And the overview of the system design methodology using current fixed ratings. Numerous comments were received on this paper which is available on the ABCB website. ABCB will look further into this research throughout 2017 with a project plan currently under development based on the recommendations received through public consultation and the consultants. Another important project being undertaken by the ABCB is the harmonization of the building and plumbing codes which make up the NCC. There are a number of specific areas being investigated, some minor in nature and some are quite complex. These issues include areas such as: boilers and pressure vessels, swimming and spa pool plant and drainage, undue noise, stormwater, firefighting water services, heating ventilation and air conditioning provisions. Another area for the ABCB has a large amount of involvement with the development of the PCA reference documents. The ABCB is the link between the Plumbing Code Committee and the Committees of reference documents such as the Australian Standards WS14 committee. This involves keeping the plumbing code committee informed and consulted on, and it allows input at key stages during the development of the process. The role of the ABCB is also to assist the committees with compliance with the ABCB protocol for the development of NCC reference documents. The protocol ensures that the documents are prepared or revised are appropriate for a regulatory use, undergo consistent and transparent process, and are delivered in a suitable format and drafting style. There are a number of projects being undertaken by the ABCB which have an effect on the 2019 edition of the PCA. These include the NCC readability. This involves repackaging of the NCC to simplify its use and therefore make it more accessible to a wider audience that are exposed to the NCC as a result of making it freely available online. The initiative will initially relate to the NCC language and to a lesser extent, the NCC format. NCC digitization improvement look to enhance practitioner access in understanding of the NCC for a range of new and refreshed technologies The ongoing consolidation of state and territory plumbing regulations into the PCA, ongoing work to reduce state and territory variations to the PCA. So how does changes occur to the NCC? Changes to the NCC can be the result of a number of things such as government policy decisions, ABCB Project Work, proposals for change, or a change to a reference document. Those seeking to propose a change are required to submit justification to support the proposal. This justification should be proportionate to the size of the proposed change or its potential impacts. Justification should include a description of the proposal, an explanation of the problem it is designed to resolve. Evidence of the existence of the problem. How the proposal is expected to solve the problem. What alternatives to regulation have been considered? And why were they not preferred? Who will be affected and how will they be affected? And any consultation that has been taken. Any proposed changes to the PCA are considered by the plumbing code committee and for the BCA, the building codes committee. Proposed changes to the NCC are released for public consultation, and after comments are considered, changes are finalized and submitted to the ABCB Board for their final consideration and endorsement. NCC development dates. The Building Ministers Forum, or BMF, made the decision to move to a three-year amendment cycle following the 2016 edition to allow the ABCB to make the most of an effective use of resources, reduce unnecessary churn and focus on priorities. This means that the next scheduled update to the NCC will be in 2019. The key dates in the development of NCC 2019 are: the 1st September 2017 when the proposal for change submission process closes. The 2019 public comment draft will be available between the 1st February and the 13th of April in 2018. And the 2019 NCC will be available online in February 2019, and will be adopted by states and territories on the 1st May in 2019. How do you register for the NCC? The registration is a simple process. Firstly, log on to the ABCB website at abcb. Gov. Au and click the registration button on the top right of the homepage. You will then be asked to enter contact information and create a password. You'll also be asked if you wish to be updated on important information on NCC related materials, news events by email. Then click Register and you'll gain access to the NCC and other ABCB resources. So why register for the NCC? Other than to gain access to the NCC and other ABCB resources, free online registered users who have opted to receive communications will be advised when the public comment draft is available. You will also be alerted to when the ABCB is undertaking consultation activities such as part of regulatory impact analysis processes, or consideration of alternatives to regulation such as education and awareness-raising activities. Changes to the PCA affect all of the plumbing industry so more registrations are needed to keep industry informed of the work being done by the ABCB. Thank you for viewing the update on the future of the Plumbing Code of Australia.
(power tools grinding) - Right guys, this the jobthat we're on at the moment. Mark's just chopping aload of wood out the back, and look, just abject,complete hell in here at the moment, but it'sone of those things, loads of stuff to do in here, it's just never-ending. But we are filming in thislittle alcove in here today, because we've got thesoil stack just down here, and that is gonna be running up there. We've got a toilet just here, we've got a toilet just here as well, so we're gonna be 45ing just through here, but also in this bit hereit's gonna be a utility room, so I've got to put on a littlebit of a half inch there, ready to go up. But then on this side of the job, we've gotta put awall-hung boiler up there, underfloor heat manifold, so obviously I've got my littleinch and a half down there for the high pressure relief for our pressurised system in here, and the same goes forhow I'm gonna link up, we've got a big unbeddedcylinder going in here as well, and that's also gonna be going in there. The high pressure relief willbe going in there for that, so there's lots and lots for us to do. But today's little video, what we're gonna be lookingat today, nice an simple, nice and easy, is justgetting our four-inch stack up here, 45 through, we'vegot a branch like that for the bogs up there, and then our littlebreather pipe out the top, which to be honest I'm notgonna show you how to do, it's just the same as everything else. But really it just give you an idea of why put bosses in, how we instal them, and also just how easy this job is. So if you've got this to do, then you think well, I'm not 100% happy about tackling thisone, we'll show you how. Or at least I'll be ableto give you a little bit of a tip, a bit of advice on how to do it. So yeah, importantly,there's obviously a lot to do at this job today, but like I said, we'vegot some brackets here, so I'll give you a quickheads-up how we can just get all this in, so Ihope you enjoy the video, remember guys, what you gotta do, is hold tight throughout the night. Just gonna finish this cup of tea and get my tripod over here as well. Ha hey! - [Announcer] Plumberparts. Co. Uk, home of Find Your Plumber. - So this is pretty muchwhere we're working, we've got our soil stack coming up here, it's gonna 45 up there, but for the first few metres I've got at least a nicebit of straight pipe. So the first thing I'm gonnado is measure out my clips. The way I do that is justpop my little spirit level on here like so, and thenI know that I've got a straight level all the way up, and then choose the heightswhere I want my clips to be. Watch this, easy-peasy right now. So I'm literally just poppingthis down the centre here, I put my line up there, getmy bubble nice and centred, so I just nick that. And now I know I can putthis right flat on the wall, just pop it in like so. Then just work my wayall the way up the wall. As you can see, we've got our nick there, got another line here,there's our stack down there. So basically I'm gonna put abracket somewhere about here, probably, and then I'm gonna measureup, just got a mark up here, I'm gonna put my otherbracket just about there. Nice and easy. Obviously make sure thatwhen your guys first fix, they first fix the rightwidth out of your bracket, which they have done here. So all I need to do is justget these little babies marked up and popped in. Now guess what, because I'vemeasured and done my brackets properly, my pipe willalso be level naturally, because it's gonna gonicely into those brackets. I'm gonna bang them on right now. Right so this is the firstlittle stumbling block we've got. So first we've got to get up here, and there's a line that I'vegot from the centre of that all the way down to here, next to our line ofwhere we're keeping our, we're tucking this into the corner nicely. So, we've got two 45s here. Usually, in a perfectworld, we'd have been able to keep this over just like this, so we could pop them two 45sinside each other like that and not have to do anything. But because this is slightly further away, if we marry up and holdthat 45 just there, you can see we've got a littlebit of a gap, haven't we? So what I've got to do, is get my tape, it's quite a difficult one holding this, and measure from mylittle finger just here, to my thumb here pretty much. Obviously I'll do that in aminute with the camera down, then I can cut the socket ofa full length of four inch, and stuff that on there, and then once we've gotthat bit made up right, we can put a little stub onhere ready for our branch, we can actually sit thatright up here like so, ready to go in. And then we can do our big measurement of one long bit of pipeall the way down from there all the way down to the bottom. So, I'm gonna measure that now, and then get this bit in. Bah! So I'm measuring 5 1/2 inches on here, I'm just gonna do this withmy little moulding saw. (saw buzzes) Little bit of a de-burr. Okay now this is a point where some of you seasoned plumbers might be like look, why are you using a file, Jimmy boy? Because, basically, a lotof people aren't gonna have 100 quid's worth of de-burringtool in their toolbox, are they, because they can't be bothered to spend the money on it. So the idea is we chamferthis bit off here, and then in a second ortwo it'll go into the actual main fitting much easier. We're all chamfered off. Oh! Don't worry, I'm just chamfering. A little tip for y'all ifyou haven't done this before, bit of Fairy Liquid for this, or you can get some silicone grease will do just as good a job. Then you don't have to worry so. Get on you! Cor, that is tight today, innit? Come on, sweetheart. So there's one of ourlittle beasts in, bang. There we go go, that's that bit done. So now you can see thatwe've got our little piece made up, effectively all we need to do now is measure a small bit of pipe, probably from abouthere to just about here, because I know that's where my T piece, my branch is gonna go in a minute. So I can just run thatdown to here like so, just like that across there, and then this piecewill effectively lift up to about here, where it willgo in and socket in nicely. So then this bend is nicely out the way for this cover downstairs. So this'll go up to here. So it sticks just there like that. There's our 45, there's our clip, here's me holding it all up. I now know exactly howlong to measure from here down to our bottom bit just down there. We know that's all gonna work out okay. So yeah, it's just doingit in the right way round. As you can see, the firstthing I did was measured all my levels and got my clips on. Let's just pop down here and I'll give you a quick heads-up on howto do a nice little bit of solvent weld. The solvent weld glue ischeap and leaks are expensive. I've opened this up beforewhen I was in a shower tray cubicle, and I got so high. Just basically watch out,use it in a ventilated area. Make sure that your pipe's nice and clean, look at that, lovely andclean, look at that, beautiful. Some guys will say youcan etch it a little bit, get an etch on there sothen the actual solvent will bite into it. I know this stuff, I mean atonne of this is expensive, but slather it on, okay? Don't skimp with this. As you can see, I don't know if you can see my tub down there, lean your tub over towards the floor and then pick it back up again and then you'll get plenty of this weld glue. Let me push this together,give it a little twist. Basically you're gonnaleave that for a set. We've got a little bit comingout of the middle there. This part here, I will put inonce we actually get up there. And then that'll basicallysit there like that and we've got our whole piece then for our loo and everything else. And that'll just sit up there. But that bit we'll do last. And now, we've got to basicallyget another one of these, glue that onto this bit here, and then get our longpiece going all the way back to the top fitted in as well. So we know exactlywhere we wanna end here, because I just wanna end roughly flush with the floor for that, and then, so we know thatwe're gonna have a socket on here, so you see that mark there? We've got a little markjust on there like that, and that is where we're gonna measure to. Watch my tape, just onthat mark just up there. Like so. Run my tape all the way down. And we're gonna have to put a little boss just in this piecehere, up here like that. So we're gonna be drilling ourselves a little hole just through here, okay, ready to go through there. So bosses, let's have aquick look at the boss. Some people call me theboss, my wife doesn't, which is good because we'vegot an equal relationship. So what we have to do is weneed to get our hole saw set. You pick a hole saw size thesame size as your boss hole. I've got a drill somewhere. We want it to be as big as possible, you see there that that'sexactly the right size for that. Literally, just get my drill,drill it in a little bit. So you notice on a strap boss like this, it's actually got a slight angle on it. There will be a top, so itmentions on this one here, it says top, obviouslytake that to be what it is. You also notice that anyinserts, be it any size, will have a little cut-outnotch on it like that, and that will also correspond to the top. So I know that these areobviously wrong colour, god that's annoying,it's one of those things. So usually what I'd say now is get your, get your solvent weld glue, and actually get that onyour insert fitting now, slop it on okay, like Isaid, this stuff's cheap, leaks are expensive. Any crap you've got wipeaway with your finger. Wait till it dries, and thenhave an insane amount of fun in peeling it off later on. I love doing that, it'smy favourite thing ever. Make sure that thisface is nice and clean. Also file off any burrsor anything like that that are in there. So everyone's got theirown way of doing this, I prefer to just get the solvent weld, and just get a fair bit of it on there. If you want, get a bit and putit on the back end of this, as well, as you can see we'vegot some notched-out holes. So there we go, we've got our boss up there, if you can see that in the distance, we've got a little zig-zag. What we've gotta do now is pop upstairs, going up to the noisy level now, where the chippies are and the builders, making loads of noise, ruining the plumber's life. Oh no, he's outta my way, he's in here. Here he is, look. Here's our pipe here, so our Tis gonna sit on there like so and then bog here, basin, bath. Or I think so, all thedrawings are on there. Look at him go, look at him go. And then, same this side really. Bog here, basin, but on this end, instead of having a bath,you've got a shower. So that's it really, this iswhat we're first fixing now, getting all that done. (power tool buzzes) So, anyway, right this now goes in here. Like so. And then we can serve all our boggy-wogs, and also get our stink out of the top. Glue like a good 'un, okay. Don't want any leaks,don't want any smell. Sling a bit round your hole as well. That's the way to do it. And then the chippieswill redo this little bit of studding. Just give that a little wiggle there. And there we go, we're in. That bit's ready. And then, I think, will be the end of our little video about soil pipes of now, until we maybe return tothis job and film some more. (upbeat music).
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.
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