Helpful Advice For All Kinds of Plumbing Projects (6)
Helpful Advice For All Kinds of Plumbing Projects
Learn some tips that can help you best maintain and repair your own plumbing. You can figure out everything you need to not fall for unnecessary equipment and expenses and how to save money by doing it all yourself. It's not so scary once you know the basics of plumbing.
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.
When you are deciding to work on a plumbing project yourself, first make a list of all of the tools and items that you could possibly need. After this, make sure that you have all of these things close at hand. There is nothing worse than almost finishing a project, but not having the correct screw.
Periodically check your pipes for leaks and cracks. These can be forgotten, since pipes are usually hidden away, but checking for leaks and cracks can help you identify a small problem before a big problem occurs. You may have to enlist the help of a family member to turn on and off the water stream as you are checking.
When you're leaving for vacation it's a great idea to turn your gas water heater to the "vacation" setting before you leave. If you have an electric water heater you can turn the breaker off that leads to it instead. This will save you electricity which is being wasted on heating water you're not using.
When you are using your disposal you should always run cold water not hot water. You should run the cold water as long as the motor to the disposal is running. Always avoid overloading your disposal. Things like corn husks, onion skins, celery and other high fiber foods could clog your disposal.
It's important to remove any burrs you create when cutting pipes so that they will fit into their joints cleanly and tightly. You can use a plumber's cloth on copper or a primer on plastic. Make sure to clean any pipe which is dirty or feels greasy before you apply a primer to it.
On very cold winter nights, allow your faucets to trickle slightly, especially if your pipes are located in a crawlspace. The running water prevents the pipes from freezing as quickly as they would otherwise. You can catch the water and use it for other household needs to prevent wasting it.
If your water bills are unusually high, check for undetected or underground water leaks. Turn off the water in your house and check the meter. If it is moving, there is a good chance that you have an underground leak. To check for indoor leaks, write down the meter number in the morning before you leave for the day, and check it when you return. If the number has changed, you have an undetected leak inside the house. Armed with this information, you can try to tackle the problem yourself, or it could be time to call in the professionals.
As you can see, maintaining and repairing your own plumbing isn't as difficult as it may appear at first glance. It just requires doing research, getting documents in order and asking a lot of questions. The work will pay off once you see how it can help save you money.