Well-maintained plumbing is key in keeping your home free from damage. But, there will be times when the plumbing in your home will need some work and professionals are out of reach. The following article offers some helpful tips on fixing and maintaining your plumbing at home.
Sometimes, the plumber is chosen by an insurance company without your input, but you can look them up online anyway. If an insurance company is requiring you to use a certain plumber, doing a background check on him can put you on guard should he have a bad reputation.
If the flapper is worn or damaged, or if you see the flapper seat covered in mineral deposits, this allows water to run continuously in the bowl, and that in turn can give you a much higher water bill. To fix this, just install a new flapper and remove any mineral deposits from the flapper seat.
A costly repair, in regards to plumbing, are frozen pipes. This, however, is typically preventable. First, insulate your outside pipes well. Secondly, when the temperature begins to drop, you want to drain and disconnect the hoses, then make sure you turn the outside faucet off. This will keep you from paying too much to your plumber.
Avoid using drain cleaners as much as possible. The chemicals in these type of cleaners are corrosive, and they could damage your pipes by using them too much. Consider hiring a professional when you have drain problems.
Putting a cup of any kind of baking soda followed with a cup of white vinegar each month will keep your drain running smoothly. This will cause the vigorous bubbling you may remember from the “volcano” in a grade school science project, so be sure to close the drain with a stopper. After a few minutes,just flush the drain out with water that has reached a boiling point. Doing this will help rid your pipes of disgusting soap scum and blockages.
One easy way to save on energy and water is to install efficiency-oriented shower heads. Most of our hot water is used in the shower. You can save up to a few hundred dollars a year by simply installing shower heads that are energy efficient.
Try to limit the amount of exposure to the sun you receive. When you are focused on work while outside, it can be dangerous if you forget about the sun and heat.
It can save a lot of money to have a list of everything a plumber should look at before hand. Write a list of all the things that need to be fixed before you contact a plumber. This will allow the plumber to handle everything in one visit and save you the service charge for additional calls.
This article should have shown you all the tips and tricks you need to start repairing your plumbing by yourself. By implementing these tips, you will save money since you won’t need to contact a professional plumber.