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.