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  • Solid Plumbing Advice For The Do-It-Yourself Homeowner (5)

  • Solid Plumbing Advice For The Do-It-Yourself Homeowner

    Professional plumbing is often a very expensive service, and usually the work that is done is something that any homeowner could solve fairly easily with the proper knowledge and tools. If you'd like to start learning to solve your own plumbing problems, read on to see what you can do.

    If your kitchen sink sprayer hose is hard to get out, it might be catching the valve underneath the sink. Protect the valve with an insulation foam pipe. Cut the foam pipe in half and place it over the valve. Tape it if you need to. You can repeat this operation on other valves too if they are exposed.

    If you must call a professional to repair your plumbing problem, be prepared with a list of all of your plumbing problems, no matter how small or trivial. Plumbers typically charge a set fee just to make a house call, usually the price of one hour of their time. But, if they can fix your initial problem in a few minutes, you will get more value for that service call and avoid having to pay for another, by having them check out other issues.

    A great time to check your plumbing shut-off valves on sinks and toilets is when you turn off the main valve before leaving your home for an extended period of time. You can check to make sure they're all functioning well and none of them are leaking, saving you from problems when you return.

    Prevention will save you money in plumbing bills. The repairs that plumbers perform the most are for drains that are clogged. One major thing that causes clots is grease. It builds up over and time. You can help prevent grease build up by looking for a product on the market that will clean the grease out.

    To winterize a house that will sit unused during the winter months, you must completely drain all of the pipes. After turning off the main water supply, let all of the water drain from the faucets, toilets, and water heater (turn off the gas). Add a quart of antifreeze to sinks and the tub to prevent water from freezing in the drain trap.

    It's important not to dump harsh chemicals into your septic system like drain cleaners, but are you also considering the other chemicals you use to clean? Toilet cleaners, dishwasher soap, and even laundry detergent can kill off the healthy bacteria which is taking care of your waste. Try to use natural products for all cleaning jobs in your house to keep your septic system in good shape.

    If you have drains in your house that have not been used for a long period of time, pour one gallon of water through them to keep them functional. Furthermore, this will have the added benefit of reducing any odors from entering your house from lack of use during the year.

    As you can see, plumbing isn't as difficult as you may have believed. Many plumbing problems can be solved easily with things on hand, or with a few inexpensive parts. Next time you have a problem with your plumbing, try using the tips in this article to solve it yourself!