Do you know much about the plumbing in your home? If so, wouldn’t it be nice to build upon your knowledge? Describe your current skill level. Can you unclog a toilet? What about fixing a water leak under the sink? If you are not sure, look at these tips.
To avoid frozen pipes in your home, never allow the temperature in your house to drop below freezing and insulate any pipes that are exposed to the elements. If ambient temperature surrounding pipes goes below freezing, pipes can freeze as well. It can take a while for the pipes to thaw, which means you will not be able to run water for quite some time. However, they could burst, which would cause a huge mess and an extremely big repair bill.
Don’t pay a plumber midway through the job. It is customary to put down one-third to one-half of the total cost before the work is started, but do not pay in full until it is complete. You need to know the plumber did what he promised before he is reimbursed for the entire amount.
Knowing your tools and how to use them can help greatly in your plumbing experience. Read manuals and do some research on the internet before starting a plumbing project. Have everything you need by way of tools and information before you attempt a repair on your own.
Every so often, inspect the floor around your toilet and see if it has gone soft. Sit reversed on the toilet (facing the tank) with your feet on the floor. Rock your weight onto each foot in turn and see if you can feel any weakness or “give” in the floor. You could save yourself money but noticing that problem sooner, rather than later.
Use filters on all drains to prevent debris that might clog the pipes from getting through. You should clean your kitchen sink’s strainer every time there is a large particle that’s trapped in it. You should also clean your bathtub strainer any time it is slow to drain.
If your house uses well water and there are orange or pink stains in tubs or sinks, it’s because of the iron level in the water. This can be remedied by using a water softener which can be purchased at a shop, or a company can pay a visit to your home and handle the situation for you.
Installing efficient shower heads could save you a lot of money when it comes to your energy bill. Your shower consumes a majority of the hot water usage in your home. When you invest in energy-efficient shower heads, you will save around $100 a year for every shower head.
Do you know more about plumbing than you previously did? Are you more familiar with what type of system you have in your home? Are your skills getting better? Are you now capable of using things that are compatible with your system? Are you able to appropriately make use of relevant tools? Hopefully, you are able to answer all of these questions positively and have furthered your plumbing knowledge.