Do you know much about the plumbing in your home? If you do understand the current plumbing system in your home, are you thinking about revamping it? How much skill do you have? If you’re not satisfied with your responses to any of these questions, the following hints and tips can help.
It is imperative that you turn off your water right away and phone a plumber if water appears to be dripping or seeping into your walls. This is an indication that there is serious problem with your plumbing. The possible consequences, including floods, mold, and mildew, are all dire.
You should teach every member of your household how to turn off the water in an emergency. In the event of a flood or other unforeseen catastrophe, this advice may be invaluable. They will be able to stop the water from flowing if they know how to shut it off.
Do not unclog your drains with a chemical drain cleaner. Despite the effectiveness of these products in unclogging pipes, the ingredients within them are not friendly to skin contact. If you must use a chemical drain opener, wear a long sleeved shirt and rubber gloves.
Rarely used valves can sometimes fuse together. Keep them lubricated using penetrating oil. Be sure to turn them periodically to avoid sticking.
If you wish to use a pipe cleaner to clear out your clogged pipes, look for one that is enzyme-based. Enzyme-based cleaners actually digest part of the sludge, liquefying it, and cleaning your drain naturally. Enzyme cleaners should be your first choice.
The Department of Consumer Affairs is a great place to check if you need a plumbing contractor. You can verify that their required licensing is current, and see if anyone has filed any complaints. If their license is questionable or expired, you won’t want to hire them to do work for you.
If you notice signs of wear on your plumbing system, it is time to get new parts to replace what is used. Foam and related items can temporarily fix leaks and holes, but permanent repairs are inevitable, and should not be made to wait long. You can fix the problems for good with new parts.
Consider adding flood alarms to your home’s plumbing. Flood alarms and smoke alarms are somewhat similar in the way they operate. They run on batteries and make a loud sound when water penetrates them. Flood alarms warn you of water problems, whether from leaks or flooding.
Pour equal parts baking soda followed by vinegar down your bathtub drain once a month. Cover the drain with a plug or rag as you wait for the chemical reaction between the vinegar and baking soda to happen in your pipes. Let that sit for a while, and then run boiling hot water down it. Doing this will help rid your pipes of disgusting soap scum and blockages.
Schedule your plumbing work simultaneously. Of course, our natural inclination is to handle problems as they arise, but it helps to get everything done at once. Even if you only have one noticeable problem, you can still get a plumber to inspect other areas. Most plumbers have an hourly rate and a flat rate for the trip: asking a plumber to fix multiple problems in one trip is cheaper than calling them more than once.
Have you gained more knowledge about plumbing? Do you have more of an understanding on what kind of plumbing system is in your home? Are your skills better? Are you now able to work on your system better using the tools you have? Are you able to appropriately make use of relevant tools? Hopefully, the hints and tips that you were given have enabled you to respond more positively to most or all of these questions.