Now is a great time to learn about plumbing. You may have thought of doing it before, but never got around to it.
Don’t use harsh chemicals such as toilet tablets that claim to be cleaners in your toilet. These may deodorize, but they can seriously damage the rubber pieces in the toilet, which can prevent your toilet from functioning correctly.
Check the floor for any give in order to be sure that there is no damage in the floors. You could save money if you catch these problems early.
Use a drain strainer to prevent debris that might clog the pipes from sliding down your drain and causing clogs. The bathtub’s strainers need to cleaned out as needed.
Schedule your plumbing work at one time. You may want to have each minor problem attended to as the occur, but kicking the can on some issues until you have a list means you can save a few bucks. Most plumbers have an hourly fee that can be minimized if there is only one visit to your home.
Pour equal parts baking soda and vinegar down your bathtub drain once a month. Plug the drain and allow the chemical reaction to occur. Wait until the chemical reaction runs its course, and then pour boiling water down the drain. This method should open up the pipes by clearing out hair and soap scum.
You can drastically reduce your utility bills with efficient shower heads. Most of the hot water is consumed in our showers. By installing shower heads that are energy-efficient, you can save up to $100 or more a year per shower head in your house.
If water is draining into a dishwasher, the problem is most likely a hose running to your kitchen sink that was not correctly installed. The hose connecting the kitchen sink to your dishwasher has to go upward before going back down so that there is no mixing between fixtures.
Do not attempt to remove grout out of a line by yourself. You can try to break up to have it fall further which will help the flow get better. This works much better if your home has pipes as opposed to metal.
Check your faucets outdoors for dripping or leaking before winter freeze. If you see that, it is necessary to repair them before the arrival of freezing temperatures. Whatever material your pipes are built from, freezing water causes pressure that can make them crack. Even a hairline crack can make enough water to damage or flood your home.
Valves that are not used tend to fuse together. You have to turn them often to avoid sticking, and running water through them on a regular basis.
Learning a bit about plumbing can be an invaluable tool to have in your possession. This could save you a great deal of money, and you will be an asset in your own home! Ideally, you found the concepts above both interesting and helpful in your quest to expand your plumbing knowledge.