Tips That Will Help You If You Need Plumbing
Consider taking on a plumbing project with the expectation that you will do a good job and that you will complete the job well under the price of hiring a professional. Use this hopefulness to read the tips provided here.
Roots from a tree in your backyard can be a real headache when it comes to plumbing. Make sure if you have a big tree or bush or some kind of plant with a big root system, that you ask your plumbing company about root-killing agents. You can flush these down your toilet and kill any roots that may be blocking your pipes and save yourself a lot of money by stopping a backup before it happens.
If you have bad water pressure in the shower, the showerhead might be clogged. Take a plastic baggie, fill it with regular vinegar, and tie it to the showerhead so that the showerhead is covered. Leave it overnight. In the morning, take the baggie off and use a small toothbrush to scrub away any mineral deposits.
Unclog drains with ease. Try using a plunger and drain cleaner, as your clog may simply be a build-up of hair and debris. If this doesn’t work you may have to clear the drain with a snake. Feed the snake into the drain line as far as it will go. Turn the crank gently, which will help to loosen the clog. Remove the snake, and run water down the drain to see if the clog has been removed. You may have to use the snake a couple of times before the clog is cleared so don’t give up!
Frozen and bursting pipes from harsh winter weather is a problem that no one wants, so plan now to winterize your exterior faucets and pipes against freezing conditions. A simple way to accomplish this is to find the exterior water shut-off valve located inside your home (often located in the basement). Turn off the water valve to stop water flow, and then open up the outside faucets to drain out any water that has collected. Be sure to turn off the outside water faucets tightly after the water has drained out. Take in any hoses you may have outside so they don’t crack from the cold weather.
Check your gas water heater periodically to make sure the pilot flame is lit. The correct color for this flame should be blue. The tip of the flame should be yellow. If you find that you are only seeing a yellow flame, you may need to call a professional for safety reasons.
Watch how your toilets are flushing. If you have to jiggle the handle or if it takes too long, you might have to repair some toilet parts. Replacing these parts early may help you to save on your water bills and will save you from more expensive repairs at a later date.
Set the temperature on your hot water heater to a temperature that does not exceed 120 degrees. This helps to save energy and prevents the water from becoming too hot and potentially scalding someone in your household. Older models that do not have a temperature setting should be set on Medium.
Keeping up with maintenance is the number one way to keep plumbers from having to come to fix issues. Drain clogs can be expensive and are actually a major repair, one of the most common ones, too. This is because pipes can retain and trap hair, and other particles, very easily. Putting a strainer on your drain can solve this problem. Most objects will not fall through the drain cover, and even hair usually won’t make it through.
Fix issues with low water pressure by cleaning sediment buildup out of your faucet’s aerator. Take apart the faucet, and clean the aerator with vinegar and a small brush. Rinse off the aerator then reassemble and reattach to the faucet. This should raise the water pressure nicely because anything that was inside of the aerator will be removed.
To summarize, you want to know that you are taking care of your plumbing job just the same as a professional would, but without the additional costs, they would inflict upon you. Hopefully, this article was informative enough for you to tackle any plumbing issue that might come your way.