Even a simple plumbing problem can be a total pain for someone who doesn’t know how to fix it. Professional plumbers can be costly and you can end up waiting forever for repairs that you can do yourself, if you know how. Keep reading for ways to make your plumbing woes disappear.
Do not unclog your drains with a chemical drain cleaner. These products are so dangerous to your skin and eyes that it is simply not worth the risk using them poses. And if you must use a chemical cleaner, make sure you always protect your skin by wearing gloves and a proper long-sleeved shirt.
Over-tightening your pipes can be just as bad or even worse than if you under-tighten it. If you over-tighten your pipes, you can crack or otherwise damage the pipes. Only tighten pipes until they stop leaking.
Before the cold weather hits, check any outside faucets for leaks or drips. If leaks are detected, it is important to repair them before the temperature drops below freezing. Regardless of whether you have steel, plastic or copper pipes, the water in them expands when it freezes and will make the pipes crack. Even a hairline crack can make enough water leak to cause a major flood in your home.
If you are trying to get a clean-out plug removed, but not getting very far, there are a couple of things you can do. The first method is by using a chisel and hammer to try to loosen the fitting. The only other option is to chisel right through the clean out plug.
A good thing to do is clean your pipes as often as possible with a tool or drain cleaner! Toilet drains and outdoor pipes, which are vulnerable to tree roots, are the pipes that need cleaning the most.
When installing a brand new water heater, if you see a pipe from the drainage pipe, reconnect it. These pipes help to recirculate the water in the tank, keeping it hot while using less water and energy.
It is essential that you know where your main cut-off valve is for your water supply on your property. Look closely for the water meter and it should be nearby. Toilets, sinks and fixtures might have cut-off valves, as well. Show everyone where these valves are, and make sure they know how to switch them off in the case of a crisis.
As you can see, plumbing problems don’t have to be so difficult. If you can solve the problem yourself, you can save time waiting for a plumber, as well as saving a whole lot of money. Try applying what you’ve learned from this article next time you have a plumbing problem!