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  • Keep Your Pipes Running Smoothly With These Plumbing Tips

  • As you probably already know, getting your plumbing repaired can be expensive. If you would like to avoid this costly service in the future, it might be worthwhile to learn to solve plumbing problems yourself. Read on if you would like to become a plumbing expert and save money.

    When dealing with a plumbing issue that is outside the home, understand that all of it is not yours to repair. The city is responsible for part of this plumbing so don't do repairs on it unless it is yours. If the work is done improperly, you can be held liable for any damages.

    Rigid copper is used for main water lines in many homes. You cannot bend rigid copper, so joints and tees must be soldered on. When soldering, always apply flux (also called soldering paste) to both surfaces. Flux retards oxidation when the copper is heated. Always use lead-free or nearly lead-free solder when sweating a copper joint.

    To avoid having your outdoor faucets freeze up in the winter, detach all hoses before the first freeze. Also, close the shutoff valve that leads to the outdoor faucets, then turn on the outdoor faucets to let any remaining water in the lines drain. Once temperatures warm up in the spring, you can reverse the process.

    If you are considering a plumbing improvement in your home, consider the costs of hiring a professional vs. doing-it-yourself. After thinking about how much it will cost you to figure out what the appropriate pipes to use are, the time it will take to learn the trade and the time needed to learn the mapping of your plumbing system, you may find it cheaper to hire a professional.

    Unblock your waste disposal unit. Fats, cooking oils, and high fiber food materials can block your disposal system. Reach under the sink, and using an Allen wrench, insert it into the hole at the base of the waste disposal. Turn back and forth until it moves freely. You can then use tongs to remove anything that is clogging the unit.

    Using a snake tool to remove blockages is very easy. Just insert the tool a few inches into the drain, and then turn the handle to change the direction of the snake head and search for blockages. Continue moving down slowly and searching until you find the cause of your blockage.

    If you experience weak or irregular water pressure from your showerhead, there may be mineral build-up preventing clear water flow. A simple solution to this problem is to clean the outlet holes in the showerhead with a pin. If the showerhead consists of a perforated face plate, take the showerhead apart and soak the faceplate in a vinegar solution overnight before reassembling.

    Knowing how to solve your own plumbing problems is important. You'll be able to respond to problems quickly, and avoid having to pay an expensive plumbing service to fix what you could have done yourself. Try applying these tips next time there's a problem, and see if you can fix your own plumbing.