May 302016
 

Plumbing problems can be quite a headache for a homeowner not familiar with how to fix plumbing. Not only do you have to wait for a professional to be available to help, the cost can be through the roof! Keep reading to learn how to easily fix common plumbing problems.

Water hammer problems, pipe noise due to water hitting the back of the pipe, can be easily repaired. Anchor exposed pipes to get rid of noises. You are going to need a professional if the pipes will be located in the ceiling, walls, or the floors.

Frozen Pipes

To prevent frozen pipes, always keep the living spaces in your house above freezing, even if you aren’t home. Any exposed pipes need to be insulated against the outdoor temperatures. Your plumbing can freeze if the air around it is below 32 degrees. Even in the best case scenario, it will take hours for thawing to happen before you have running water again. However, frozen pipes often burst, causing damage to your home and a hefty repair bill.

If any water pipe that you have freezes, be sure to turn on the faucet that is closes to the pipe to give the water an exit as the pipe thaws. Letting the water drain out will relieve pressure in the frozen pipe, which will reduce the chances of it bursting and damaging your home.

TIP! You can check for damage to the floors around the toilets by checking for soft areas. Stand over the toilet, then rock it back and forth to see if any weakening in the floor has occurred.

Never pay a plumber until the job is complete. You may have to pay a portion of the cost before the plumber works on the job, but you should never have to pay in full until after everything has been correctly finished. You should know the plumber did his job before you pay him.

As you can see, plumbing problems don’t have to be so difficult. If you can solve the problem yourself, you can save time waiting for a plumber, as well as saving a whole lot of money. Try applying what you’ve learned from this article next time you have a plumbing problem!

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