As fun as planning to do your own plumbing can seem, it is a very important reason to start learning how now. Another thing is that it can save you a lot of money in the future, so you can handle any issues yourself. These tips below can help you start.
Ensure that everyone in your household knows how to turn off the main water supply, or knows how to contact someone who can. In the event of a burst pipe or other water-related emergency, you should immediately turn off the water to prevent flooding, structural damage, and a sky-high water bill.
If you have an automatic sprinkler system, you want to consider getting a spring-loaded timer which can be attached directly to your hose. This prevents your lawn from getting too much water in case you forget to turn your system off. Getting too much water could kill your grass and plants.
Never pour grease into the kitchen sink. Pouring grease into your kitchen sink is the best way to clog up the pipes, at which point it will be very difficult to penetrate the grease to stop the clog without a bit of a cost involved. You should expose of grease appropriately without exception.
To be successful in any plumbing project, make sure you turn the water off before you start unscrewing pipes. This tip might actually sound insulting, but you are probably getting caught up in having the right tools and parts and being dressed right. Double check that there is not a splash waiting for you. Then triple and quadruple check.
Drain cleaning chemicals may seem like a good way to eliminate build up in your drains but they should not really be used as often as you may think. There are many that contain very corrosive chemicals that are harmful to your pipes and may cause more damage than what the help your pipes.
In the winter time to avoid your pipes freezing you should insulate them. If the pipes are going to be in a place that is exposed to severely cold weather, you should drain them if they aren't being used. If the pipes are indoor you should open up the cupboards under the sink so more heat can get to them.
Make sure you allow a slow drip over the night when you experience the coldest of winter weather. A general rule to follow is, if there is snow on the ground, leave the water dripping. This keeps a constant flow and reduces your risk of waking up to frozen pipes that can cause a great deal of damage.
It is imperative as a homeowner that you know exactly where your main water shut-off valve is located and can operate the valve in case of an emergency. The best first step measure for frozen pipes is to stop water from entering your home in the first place. Locate the main water supply valve and turn it on and off on a regular basis to keep it easily operable in an emergency.
While planning to do your own plumbing was incredibly interesting. You should feel better you know how to do it correctly and safely. You can now apply your newly acquired plumbing skills and knowledge either to maintain your plumbing, trying to repair it, or bettering your own home system.