You may often wonder where to start and what to do at the beginning of a big plumbing project. The important thing to do is slow down and separate the project into several goals. These tips will give you the information you need to be a better plumber!
If you have pipes that sound as if they’re squeaking or hammering, it’s an easy fix. Those pipes will need to be anchored if they are exposed. You may need the assistance of a professional in the case that the pipes are contained within a floor or ceiling.
Inspect around the toilets for softness in the floors to see if any damage has occurred. Put a foot on each side of the toilet and put weight on each side, if you have any give you may have damage. By noticing a problem early on, you can save yourself a bunch of money if you were to leave it alone.
Give all drains strainers to gather particulate matter that can clog pipes. The strainer used in the kitchen will need to be cleaned frequently. Those in the bathtub should be cleaned out periodically, as needed.
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. By incorporating a regular cleaning routine, your garbage disposal can stay running smoothly. One way to clean your disposal is to run dish detergent and lemon rinds through your garbage disposal. As an added benefit, this technique will also eliminate any scents from your disposal.
Check to make sure that overflow holes are not clogged up. 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. Take the time to clean out the overflow holes as you go through your house doing your regular checks for various issues.
Swapping out old shower heads for energy-efficient ones can save you money on the energy bill. Energy efficient shower heads can save you money on your energy bill and water bill. A single energy efficient shower head can save you $100 a year.
Keep your dryer’s lint trap clean. This can save you a lot of trouble, including preventing fires. 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.
Frozen pipes can do very extensive and expensive damage. However, most of the time, you can prevent this from happening. The first concern is making sure that all water lines that run outside of your house are fully and sufficiently insulated. Once the temperature starts to drop, disconnect your hoses after you have drained them out, and make sure the outside faucet is turned off. Taking proper precautions can save you lots of money on plumbing bills.
As you’ve seen, plumbing can seem intimidating, but it isn’t so tough. There are just many basic things to cover. All that you need to get started is doing a little homework, putting in some effort and using your head to determine the soundest approach to the problem at hand.