Well, you’ve decided to perfect the plumbing of your hosue. Good for you! However, there is so much information that you may not have a clue where to begin. Don’t worry, plumbing tips are here! Listed below are some tips that will help you get started and organized so that you can become a plumbing expert.
Be sure that you check on your water meter when it is not being used. Then, check on the meter 8 hours later. If the meter has changed, even a small amount, this could be a sign that there is an undetected water leak, which can be a severe problem.
Back flow can happen to anyone on municipal water systems, so it’s important to prepare your plumbing for it. For example, put a vacuum-breaker fitting on your outdoor faucets to ensure that the water never ends up flowing backwards and causing you a massive headache due to water damage in your home.
Do not overload your garbage disposal. If you need to dispose of large items, cut them up into smaller pieces. Also, do not put too much in at a time, put one or two items in and wait a few seconds to dispose of the rest. Overloading your disposal can cause the engine to overheat.
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.
When the temperature drops below freezing, protect exposed pipes from the weather by adding a source of heat near the pipes. Ranging from electrical tape applied directly to the pipes to small space heaters placed near exposed pipes, keeping the temperature above freezing can prevent costly repairs caused by frozen pipes. Try www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hx_1N87Dukk for current information.
When your toilet clogs and a plunger will not release it, try a closet auger. This tool features a handle that you rotate in order to feed a line into the toilet drain. When you remove the auger from the drain, the clog should come with it, unless it’s past the length to which the auger can reach.
Doing your own plumbing ensures that if anything happens to it, you can fix it. Similar to taking care of your family, it is really important that you take care of your plumbing system. So, do yourself a favor and do your research and apply the above tips to your plumbing jobs.
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