It is common for people to believe that plumbing repairs are hard. If you take the time to research the problem ahead of time, though, you will have an easier time fixing it. There is some handy advice here that will get you on the right track with your plumbing needs.
If your pipes make squeaking and hammering noises, it may be very simple to fix. Anchor any pipes that are exposed. If pipes are located in the floor, ceiling or walls, you might want to have a professional help you complete the project.
To prevent frozen pipes, always keep the living spaces in your house above freezing, even if you aren’t home. Any exposed pipes need to be insulated against the outdoor temperatures. If ambient temperature surrounding pipes goes below freezing, pipes can freeze as well. It takes time for thawing to occur so you can have water again. But, more importantly, the pipes can burst, which will cause a huge mess and big repair bill.
To prevent your frozen pipes from bursting, leave the nearest faucet on to give the water a way to escape. This gives the pressure somewhere to go, and can keep them from bursting.
If your home has well water and you start seeing orange or pink stains, that is from iron in your water supply. Using a water softener can help fix this problem. You can obtain a water softener at any home improvement store, or rent them from specialist companies.
Install low flush toilets and energy efficient shower heads and faucets to reduce your utility bills. Most of your water bills comes from the water you use to shower. By installing an energy-efficient shower head that might cost a few dollars, you could save at least $100 a year per person who showers in your house.
If you have to replace any of your shower heads, make sure that the replacement is the best one you can afford. Most times, people tend to think that it is alright to purchase the most inexpensive shower head they could find. While it may be cheap, chances are you will have to replace it sooner, as it’s more likely to break sooner.
You should always clean your dryer’s lint trap. This is a good idea for a variety of reasons, not the least of which is fire safety. Regularly check your lint trap for rips or holes which could let lint escape into your pipes and cause clogging.
Fix issues with low water pressure by cleaning sediment buildup out of your faucet’s aerator. Disassemble the fixture to remove the aerator, and then scrub it with vinegar and a small brush. Then simply rinse and reattach the aerator. This should remove any obstructions that were in the aerator, thereby improving your water pressure.
When you have to take out the clean out plug, but it is not coming out, you can remove it using one of two ways. The first method involves a hammer and chisel to loosen the fitting. If that fails, you will have to cut completely through the plug.
The actual individual plumber coming out to your home might not be something you have a say in, but that does not mean you can’t look them up online. Check out your plumber’s website and read all of the reviews that are available.
As was discussed at the beginning of the article, while plumbing can be an extremely difficult chore for anyone to complete, it becomes significantly easier if you have the right advice and information. Use the advice from this article, and you’ll be on your way to doing your own plumbing.