May 042017
 

The thought of fixing a plumbing problem can seem daunting if you do not know much about plumbing. It can take a lot of time and money when it comes to hiring a professional plumber. If you know what to do, you can tackle some simple plumbing tasks. Keep reading to arm yourself with some very useful plumbing advice!

Avoid bleach tablets, blue toilet deodorizers or the other odor removers inside your toilet. While they are good at removing odors, they have a detrimental effect on the parts of the toilet that are rubber. This can make it not function correctly and may even break it.

TIP! Have a professional flush your septic tank every five years or so to keep it working well. Regular maintenance will keep sediment from backing up inside of the tank.

Use a strainer over your sink drain to catch food and other bits of material. Otherwise, you will likely get a clogged drain. Whenever large particles become trapped in the strainer, remove them. Strainers placed in a bathtub can be cleaned periodically.

Garbage Disposal

Cleaning your in-sink garbage disposal can extend its lifetime significantly. You can use dish soap, lemon peels, and cherry pits to get your garbage disposal clean and fresh and running well.

TIP! Do not give a plumber the entire payment for a job until the whole job is completed. You might have to put money down initially before the plumber begins the job.

Check overflow holes regularly to prevent blockage. These holes come into use if the skin overflows. Things can get problematic if they are clogged. When checking for potential problems and repairs, you should also remove obstructions from the overflow holes.

Do not flush unneeded things down your toilet if you want to lessen your chance of having issues. Under no circumstances flush cotton balls or swabs, paper towels, diapers, sanitary pads or other materials that will not dissolve. These items can cause major clogs. You will also want to use the least amount of toilet paper as required.

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!

Mar 122017
 

Everyone has moments where they must question their plumbing system or the idea of rebuilding it. People want to know a thing or two about general maintenance, and they want to be able to fix some things themselves. By reading this article you will learn both so you’re ready for a plumbing emergency.

Don’t use harsh chemicals such as toilet tablets in your toilet. It may help to get rid of your toilet’s odors, but it will damage any rubber parts, causing your toilet to malfunction, or even break down.

Garbage Disposal

If your garbage disposal is having problems, don’t give in to the desire to attempt a fix by reaching down into the disposal. Even while turned off, the garbage disposal is still a dangerous place for your fingers. Try to find a diagram, or troubleshooting guide for your particular disposal on the Internet.

If your house uses well water and you start to see orange or pink stains in your tub and other water fixtures, you have too much iron in your water. Using a water softener can help fix this problem. You can obtain a water softener at any home improvement store, or rent them from specialist companies.

TIP! Toilet discs and odor removers should never be used in your toilet. While they are good at removing odors, they have a detrimental effect on the parts of the toilet that are rubber.

To ensure garbage disposal lasts long in your home, be sure you keep it cleaned regularly. By regularly incorporating a routine using a combination of dish soap, lemon rinds, and even cherry pits, you can keep your disposal running smoothly and smelling as fresh as the day it was installed.

Ensure overflow holes have not been clogged. Overflow holes drain sink that fill too full and may go unnoticed until they are needed. Clear overflow holes when doing periodic checks for problems and plumbing issues that should be addressed.

Study plumbing while your system is working perfectly so that you’ll be ready if it develops a problem. Knowing how to perform routine maintenance will also prevent future problems. Heed our tips, and you’ll have what you need to solve your plumbing problems.

Feb 202017
 

How much knowledge do you have when it comes to plumbing? Perhaps you could improve your skills. How high is your skill level? If you cannot answer these questions confidently, look at the tips below.

If a plumbing project is in your future, know two things: what tools you have, and how you are supposed to use them. Read your manuals and books, either online or at the library, to teach yourself do it yourself plumbing. Make sure you plan before you try any kind of repair, as it can be costly to fix a mistake.

TIP! If your pipes freeze, turn on the water from the faucet nearest them to let water out when they start to thaw. This reduces pressure to keep the pipe from bursting, which could prevent a big mess in your home.

Don’t pour oils, grease or fat down the drain. When they cool down, they get hard and that will cause clogs in your sink drains. This is very true for garbage disposal, since fat will make the blades run less quickly and efficiently. Dump your oil outside or in a container that you throw out with the regular trash.

Overflow Holes

Look at the overflow holes to ensure they aren’t clogged up. If your sink starts to overflow, the water will run into the overflow holes, this might not be a huge issue, unless they are clogged. When checking for potential problems and repairs, you should also remove obstructions from the overflow holes.

TIP! If you aren’t having any luck using a plunger on a clogged toilet, you may want to try pouring warm water into it from waist high. Repeat this once your water goes back to a lower level.

One easy way to save on energy and water is to install efficiency-oriented shower heads. Hot water usage is mostly in the shower. Investing just a few bucks in these newer shower heads can yield triple digit annual savings.

Did you learn something new about plumbing? Do you now understand what system your house has? Can you say that your plumbing skill level has increased? Have you figured out how to use the things that work will work with the system that you have? Are you sure how to use the equipment in a proper manner? Since this article was full of such great tips, you can probably confidently answer “yes” to all of these questions.

Jan 092017
 

A lot of people say that plumbing is difficult to do. With the right preparation, self-education, and advice, though, the difficulty of doing your own plumbing can be minimized. This article is full of plumbing tips that will help get your project completed.

If you possess pipes that are alive with the sound of squeaking or hammering, you have an issue that is easily corrected. Exposed pipes will have to be anchored. You may need the assistance of a professional in the case that the pipes are contained within a floor or ceiling.

TIP! If you have a clogged toiled with a lower water lever, and the plunger isn’t working, try pouring in some warm water directly into the toilet. You could repeat this process again if the water in the toilet bowl gets low.

Only pay pay the plumber once the job is done. Sometimes it is required to put a little money down before the job starts, but don’t ever pay the whole amount before you know the task is done correctly. It will make you feel better knowing that your problem has been solved before parting with a large sum of money.

Garbage Disposal

Keep your garbage disposal clean and it will last longer. By regularly “cleaning” the disposal with lemon rinds, cherry pits and dish soap, you can make sure that your garbage disposal is running well and smelling so clean it could be new.

TIP! Keep the drain in your bathtub working well by pouring one cup baking soda into the drain quickly followed by about a cup of white vinegar. Afterward, place a washcloth or towel over the top of the drain, to keep the chemical reactions contained.

Ensure overflow holes have not been clogged. Overflow holes are used in case the sink starts to overfill, which may not seem like a big problem–until it is. As you routinely look for things needing attention, check to be sure that the overflow holes are clear and unblocked.

Should you spot unexpected water draining inside the dishwasher, you will probably need to check that the hose from the kitchen sink has been installed correctly. The hose going from the dishwasher to the sink must go downhill, and then uphill, to prevent water mixing from the two devices.

As was discussed at the beginning of the article, while plumbing can be an extremely difficult chore for anyone to complete, it becomes significantly easier if you have the right advice and information. Use the advice from this article, and you’ll be on your way to doing your own plumbing.

Nov 302016
 

With plumbing problems, you need to make sure you properly take care of the issue. The information provided in this article will give you the ability to arrive at the proper solution for your plumbing situation.

Don’t use harsh chemicals such as toilet tablets in your toilet. While they may be effective deodorizers, they can damage rubber parts in your toilet. If they become too damaged, your toilet will not operate properly.

TIP! If you discover a pipe has frozen, open a tap on the line to allow the thawing ice to drain. This gives the pressure somewhere to go, and can keep them from bursting.

Don’t pour cooking grease, leftover frying fat or any oils down your sink drain. When these oils cool, they become hard and create clogs. Grease is of particular concern when there is a disposal unit installed in your drain. It can cause the unit to lose efficiency. To keep your kitchen pipes clear, never dispose of grease down your sink drain.

Water that leaves behind pink or orange tinged stains has an excessive amount of iron. You will need a water softener in order to take care of this problem, which you could purchase at a local store, or hire someone to go to your home and fix it for you.

Overflow Holes

TIP! Don’t pay a plumber midway through the job. It is customary for many companies to require you to put money down before they begin the job, but always wait to pay the rest of the balance until the job is totally finished.

Check the overflow holes for clogs. Overflow holes catch the excess water from an overflowing sink. They may not sound like a matter of great importance until you actually need them. When you’re periodically checking your sink for possible problems, take the time to clean out the overflow holes.

Frozen pipes can cost you a significant amount to repair. It can also be easily prevented. First, make sure that your outside pipe are insulated well. Also, when it starts to get colder, drain and disconnect your hoses and turn off the outside faucet. You can save a bunch on your plumbing bills this way.

If you’re ready to conquer plumbing issues, keep these tips in mind. It’s important that you do things properly and save money when you can. Give these tips serious thought and you’ll find that they will help you.

Aug 172016
 

You can easily do needed research to learn about plumbing and how to do it yourself, or find someone with the right knowledge to teach you. It is only difficult if you make it that way, so do not allow yourself to get overwhelmed. This article offers some beginner-friendly advice for maintaining the plumbing in and around your own home.

While various toilet tablets and odor removers may be tempting, it’s best not to use them in your toilet. They may get rid of toilet odors, but they can damage the rubber in the toilet, which can cause it to break down completely or to not function at all.

TIP! To prevent pipes from freezing, don’t let temperatures drop under freezing in your home, and insulate external pipes. If the temperature surrounding the pipes is anywhere below freezing, this can cause the pipes to freeze.

If you live in a home using well water and your bathtubs have stains pink and orange in color, this is likely a result of iron levels in the well 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.

Overflow Holes

Check your fixtures to ensure the overflow holes are clear of debris and mineral build-up. If your sink starts to overflow, the water will run into the overflow holes, this might not be a huge issue, unless they are clogged. Take the time to clean out the overflow holes as you go through your house doing your regular checks for various issues.

TIP! If you discover a pipe has frozen, open a tap on the line to allow the thawing ice to drain. This reduces pressure to keep the pipe from bursting, which could prevent a big mess in your home.

Always use cold water when your garbage disposal is running. Cold water helps to maintain the sharpness of the blades and makes the disposal run more smoothly. Hot water will liquefy grease and build up inside the drain, eventually causing clogs.

That wasn’t bad, was it? As with many home improvement topics, plumbing encompasses a great deal of different topics. It’s good to get an idea of where to start. Then you can move forward logically to unravel your problem. Hopefully, this article has provided the confidence you need to get moving.

Aug 112016
 

Water may be needed to live, though it can be the cause of frustration for anyone that is dealing with a plumbing issue. Serious plumbing disasters can be extremely damaging to any home. However, there are many ways homeowners can protect themselves from these issues and create plans for minimizing these issues when they do arise.

To prevent your frozen pipes from bursting, leave the nearest faucet on to give the water a way to escape. This helps to relieve the pressure in the pipe and may prevent bursting, which can prevent further damage to your home.

TIP! It is a advisable to have a septic tank pumped every five years to keep it in peak condition. Doing so avoids sediment build up, so that you don’t have any kind of septic system backup.

Do not pay your plumber until they finish 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 should know the plumber did his job before you pay him.

Use strainers on all drains to keep foreign objects and debris from clogging drains. Your kitchen sink strainer must be cleaned whenever it catches anything. Clean bathtub drain screens as often as needed.

Overflow Holes

TIP! If you have a clogged toilet with a low water level and a plunger isn’t doing the job, it’s time to try adding a bucket of lukewarm water to the toilet from a around three feet or higher. After the water level in the toilet bowl has gone down, you can repeat the procedure until the blockage is cleared.

Ensure that the overflow holes in your sinks are not clogged. Overflow holes drain water if a sink begins to overfill, so they need to be clear at all times. When checking for potential problems and repairs, you should also remove obstructions from the overflow holes.

By installing water-conserving shower heads in your bathrooms, you can save money on your monthly water bill. Most of your water bills comes from the water you use to shower. A single energy efficient shower head can save you $100 a year.

Being educated and prepared will help you to avoid plumbing issues. Just a little information can make a big difference when it comes to preventing plumbing problems. The owner who does research and prepares for a problem before it happens will more easily repair the problem quickly.

Jun 092016
 

It can seem like a lot of work to learn about plumbing, but once you begin, you will see it is actually pretty straightforward. Now that you are going to read all of the tips in this article, by the time you are finished you should be better informed. Then you can start refining your methods to become a wonderful plumber.

To prevent pipes from freezing, don’t let temperatures drop under freezing in your home, and insulate external pipes. If ambient temperature surrounding pipes goes below freezing, pipes can freeze as well. In the best situation, it can take hours for frozen pipes to thaw and water to run freely again. At worst, they will burst and you’ll be paying to repair the damage.

TIP! 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.

If you have a clogged toiled with a lower water lever, and the plunger isn’t working, try pouring in some warm water directly into the toilet. If one attempt doesn’t solve the problem, you can do it again once the water level stabilizes.

If you encounter a problem with your garbage disposal, resist the urge to reach in and fix it with your bare hands. Garbage disposals always pose a possible threat, even when powered off or non-working all together. Go online and search for sketch of your disposal, or a troubleshooter.

Overflow Holes

TIP! Wait to give compensation to a plumber until they are finished with their work. 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.

Check overflow holes to make sure there’s no clog. These passages allow your sink to fill up without overflowing onto your floor, and if they’re blocked that can cause you a major headache. Clear out your sink’s overflow holes every so often, while checking for any other problems or necessary repairs.

Not as bad as you thought, correct? Like any other subject, the world of plumbing is vast and has a wealth of information available on it. For many they just need a bit of guidance so they know where to start. With any luck, the tips above should get you on the right path.

Apr 042016
 

When you buy a new home, it’s likely that some sort of plumbing problem will exist. The majority of the time this happens in the kitchen or bathroom. At some time, everyone who owns a home will have some type of problem with the plumbing. Some jobs can be done by the homeowner for a huge savings, so here is some advice to show you how.

If your pipes are so noisy that they sound like squeaking or hammering, you can easily solve this problem. You will need to anchor any exposed pipes. If the pipes are in the walls, floors or ceiling, you may want to call a professional to come and help complete the project.

TIP! You can easily fix noisy pipes. Those pipes will need to be anchored if they are exposed.

You should avoid using blue toilet tablets, bleach tablets or any other odor removers in your toilet. These products will reduce the smell, but they will also cause problems with the rubber gaskets. Over time, the damage will accumulate and could eventually stop the toilet from functioning at all.

Garbage Disposal

To keep your garbage disposal lasting for a long time, make sure you clean it on a daily basis. By regularly “cleaning” the disposal with lemon rinds, cherry pits and dish soap, you can make sure that your garbage disposal is running well and smelling so clean it could be new.

TIP! Only pay pay the plumber once the job is done. In some cases, you have to make a down payment prior to the first day of work.

Do special checks on your sink overflow holes to ensure they are not becoming clogged. Sinks use overflow holes if they start to overfill, and this isn’t usually a problem, but it can be. Clean overflow holes as part of your annual maintenance, and any other time you are handling general plumbing repairs.

Plumbing Problems

It is unwise to be unprepared for sudden plumbing problems. Everyone should be ready for common plumbing problems, and have the tools at hand. The tips you learned here will assist you in dealing with whatever plumbing problems you encounter in the future.

Jan 272016
 

Plumbing problems can negatively affect your home and your belongings. Here are some tips on how to learn to fix problems with your plumbing.

If you have a pipe that freezes, you should turn on the faucet that is close to the pipe; this way, the water has a place to go. This relieves the pressure contained in the pipe as it also prevents it from bursting, which would reduce the damage done to your house.

Septic Tank

To keep your septic tank in good working order, it is advisable to have it pumped out every five years. Deposit and debris build up in your tank can result in major problems. While you may find it costly to get your septic tank cleaned out, the cost is much higher to have sewage and backups cleaned up and your septic tank repaired or replaced.

If you aren’t having any luck using a plunger on a clogged toilet, you may want to try pouring warm water into it from waist high. Do this every time the water level gets too low.

TIP! Make sure the job gets done by not paying your plumber until you are satisfied, and the work is completed. 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.

To keep your garbage disposal lasting for a long time, make sure you clean it on a daily basis. By regularly using a mixture of dish soap, cherry pits and citrus rinds, you can ensure that your disposal runs smoothly and smells as fresh as one that is brand new.

Overflow Holes

You should make sure that the holes are not stopped up on the overflow. If your sink starts to overflow, the water will run into the overflow holes, this might not be a huge issue, unless they are clogged. Take the time to clean out the overflow holes as you go through your house doing your regular checks for various issues.

TIP! Never pour grease or anything fatty or oily into your drain. These substances will harden as soon as they cool down, and clog your drains.

Plumbing problems may be troublesome, but with patience and work, you may fix them. It just takes research and perhaps asking a plumber what to do and how to fix it properly. By following the tips you just read about getting rid of plumbing problems, you are doing yourself a service.