How much do you understand about plumbing? If you do, do you wish to improve upon it? What kind of skills do you have? If you cannot answer these questions confidently, look at the tips below.
Your plumbing experience can go a lot smoother when you know your tools, as well as how to handle them properly. Make sure you read all the directions and manuals, while also taking advantage of online resources and the library to help you with your projects. Don’t just blindly rush into a project. Plan each project so that you don’t make costly mistakes.
If your toilet happens to be clogged, and the plunger is not working, you can pour a bucket of hot water down the toilet, but be sure to pour it from a height that is waist level or above so you do not flood the bathroom. After the water level in the toilet bowl has gone down, you can repeat the procedure until the blockage is cleared.
Sifting drainers are available for any size drain to prevent items larger than a grain of sand going into your pipes. Thoroughly clean the strainer on a regular basis. Bathtub strainers need regular cleaning as well.
If you want to make sure your garbage disposal is going to be around as long as the house it is inside of, make sure you clean it often. Using lemon rinds and cherry pits mixed with dish soap will help keep your garbage disposal operating efficiently and smelling fresh.
A great way to knock out your plumbing issues in one shot is to schedule everything at once. It can be tempting to call a plumber each time you have a minor problem, but saving plumbing work for one time allows you to put money aside for the repairs. Because plumbers generally round up to the nearest hour, this also allows you to save money. The time only gets rounded up once, rather than multiple times.
Save money by getting better shower heads. Most of the hot water used in the home is used while showering. A single energy efficient shower head can save you $100 a year.
Always buy a high quality fixture if you are going to replace your shower head. Many times people try to save money and buy the cheapest one that they see. Inexpensive shower heads are not terribly sturdy, though, and may not hold up to daily use.
You should always clean your dryer’s lint trap. This can prevent various problems, including a fire. Make sure that you inspect the lint trap for any holes or tears that might mean lint is going to your pipes, which might lead to clogs and other problems to deal with.
Have you gained more knowledge about plumbing? Are you more informed about the plumbing system your house has? Are your skills better? Are you aware of fittings and tools that are compatible with your home’s plumbing? Do you know more about using the tools? Hopefully, you are able to answer all of these questions positively and have furthered your plumbing knowledge.