How much do you really know about your home’s plumbing? How would you like to improve it? What kind of plumbing skills do you possess? If you’re unsure of your answers to these questions, you need to read this article.
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. You can wind up saving your money simply by noticing the problem early on.
Place a strainer over the drains to collect anything that could clog and cause stoppage. You should clean your kitchen sink’s strainer every time there is a large particle that’s trapped in it. Those in the bathtub should be cleaned out periodically, as needed.
Avoid placing fat, grease, and other oils into your drain. When they cool, they will harden and create clogs in your drains. This is very true for garbage disposal, since fat will make the blades run less quickly and efficiently. Don’t put oils down the sink.
If you get your water from a well and orange or pink stains appear in your sink or tub, then you can be sure that the culprit is iron in your water. A water softener is the easiest way to solve hard water problems relating to rust, but you can also consult a plumber if you are unsure.
Installing efficient shower heads could save you a lot of money when it comes to your energy bill. Most of the hot water we use is in the shower. Invest in an energy-efficient shower head and you could save a hundred dollar every year on your water bill.
Having water leaking into the dishwasher, however annoying, is luckily an easy fix. The hose that runs from the kitchen sink to the dishwasher is not installed properly, and can be corrected quickly. The hose from your sink to your dishwasher needs to go upward before going back down so that there is no mixing between fixtures.
Remember that your toilet is not intended to be used to dispose of trash. Do not flush sanitary pads, paper towels, cotton balls, tissues, diapers or other materials, as these items do not dissolve and could cause clogs. Even toilet tissue should be used conservatively. Use enough to clean yourself, of course, but if you need to use wads of tissue you should flush several times in the process instead of waiting till the end.
Clean your dryer’s lint trap. This will save you trouble, such as preventing fires. Also, check the lint trap to see if there are telltale signs that lint may be leaking into your pipes through holes and tears.
Clean the aerator to fix low pressure problems in case you have sediment buildups. Take the aerator off, disassemble it, and brush it clean with a little vinegar. After the aerator is thoroughly cleaned, rinse it under clear water, put it back together, and attach it to your faucet again. This will improve the water pressure by clearing out blockages in the aerator.
There are two easy methods to removing a stubborn clean-out plug. The first method involves a hammer and chisel to loosen the fitting. The only other alternative is to chisel through the plug.
Are you now more aware about how plumbing works? Is it easier to understand the plumbing systems in your home now? Did you develop the skills you need to fix your recurring issues? Can you use components to your plumbing system now? Have you figured out how the equipment works? With any luck, the tips above should have created better answers.
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