How much do you really know about your home’s plumbing? If so, do you want to make it better? Do you possess the skills needed to perform basic repairs? If you are not sure, look at these tips.
Water hammer problems, pipe noise due to water hitting the back of the pipe, can be easily repaired. Exposed pipes need to be anchored. You may need to hire a professional to help with any projects involving pipes that are hidden in the floors, ceiling or walls.
Don’t let your house temperature drop to below freezing and make sure to insulate anything that is exposed to the outside elements to prevent frozen pipes. Pipes can freeze when the ambient temperature in the area of the pipes dips below freezing. If they freeze, it will be awhile for them to gradually warm. Therefore, it will take some time for you to have running water again. Frozen pipes can also burst, which can be very messy and expensive to repair.
Check carefully around the base of your toilet for any damage caused by leaks. Straddle your toilet and gently rock foot to foot to see if your floor feels a little weak or soft. It’s important to catch and address floor damage problems as soon as possible. The longer you wait, the more expensive the repair will be.
Schedule all your plumbing work at the same time. While you may be tempted to call the plumber whenever you have a slight problem, scheduling it all at once gives you the opportunity to save money to pay for the repairs. Because most plumbers charge labor by the hour on top of a flat call rate, you can significantly reduce your bill by reducing the trips they make to your home.
Here is a good tip for a safe, inexpensive way to keep the drain in your bathtub trouble-free. Take one cup of baking soda and pour it into the drain. Then do the same with a cup of vinegar. Do this procedure once a month. Put a rag over the drain afterward, though, to keep the chemicals from coming back up after the reaction. Pause a few minutes, and then follow the mixture with boiling water. This method clears out soap scum buildup and accumulated hair that gets caught in the pipes.
Check overflow holes to make sure there’s no clog. You may not even notice the overflow holes on your sink, but if you have a major water leak you will soon regret your apathy. Inspect and clean the overflow holes as part of your regular household maintenance.
If there is unwanted water draining into the dishwasher, it is most likely because of the hose to the kitchen sink being installed improperly. The hose at the kitchen sink going to the dishwasher should follow a specific uphill, then downhill pattern. This prevents unwanted mixing of water between the sink and dishwasher.
Are you more informed when it comes to plumbing? Are you aware of the specific piping in your house? Do you think there has been improvement in your plumbing skills? Can you use components to your plumbing system now? Are you skilled with all of the equipment? Hopefully, after reading this article, your answer to all these questions is a resounding yes.