Tips And Tricks On Maintaining Healthy Plumbing In Your Home
Water Damage Is Often Caused By Poor & Leaky Plumbing
Did you know the #1 cause of water damage problems in a property are due to faulty and leaking pipes and faucets?
Plumbing problems can cause quite an uproar for a homeowner that is not familiar with fixing these types of issues. There are, of course, licensed plumbers, but they usually can’t come to your house right away and charge an arm and a leg to fix simple issues. Keep reading for ways to make your plumbing woes disappear.
If you are paying someone else to do the plumbing in your home, be sure that they are licensed in your state to do that work. Some people who have little or no knowledge of plumbing will try to pass themselves off as a pro. So you can see the importance of checking to see if your plumber is licensed. You should also see if you can find positive testimonials about the plumbers work.
If you have bad water pressure in the shower, the showerhead might be clogged. Take a plastic baggie, fill it with regular vinegar, and tie it to the showerhead so that the showerhead is covered. Leave it overnight. In the morning, take the baggie off and use a small toothbrush to scrub away any mineral deposits.
One way to prevent pipes from freezing during the winter is to keep cabinet doors in your house that contain the pipes open. This can insure that they get adequate heat to keep warm. Make sure also, to unhook and kind of hose outside and run a little water to clear the pipes of any remaining water going outside.
The best way to avoid plumbing bills is to prevent problems before they happen. Clogs can be a major cause of plumbing problems. Drains can be clogged by hair. You can prevent this from occurring by using a drain cover or a screen that is meant to keep the hair out of the drain and pipes. It’s a lot easier to take hair out of a screen than to pull it from a pipe.
Before starting any plumbing project be sure to turn off the main water supply. Water damage can be one of the most expensive things to repair. To minimize damage turn the main water supply off as well as any shut off valves near where you are working. This will save a great deal of hardship later on.
Make sure overflow holes are cleaned out. This can help to prevent any water damage. Overflow holes are a way to stop water from overflowing if a sink is left on by accident. If the overflow hole is clogged it will not be able to do its job.
Make sure everyone in your home knows where the main water shut off valve is and that they know how to work it. That way, if there is a water problem, anyone in your household can turn off the water, thereby reducing the chances that your home will incur major water damage.
As the weather is becoming colder due to the coming of winter, be sure that your external faucets do not have leaks or drips. If they are, you will need to make the necessary repairs before the freezing temperatures arrive. Both plastic and metal pipes are susceptible to bursting when they freeze. Cracked pipes can lead to extensive water damage to your home, resulting in very costly repairs.
If you notice water dripping along or into your walls, it is very important for you to cut off the water supply immediately and notify a plumber. This is an indication that there is serious problem with your plumbing. Many initially small problems can lead to hazardous mold, mildew or flooding.
Mold growing at the base of your toilet can indicate that condensation is forming on your toilet bowl thanks to room temperature versus bowl and water temperature, or that you have a leak in the wax seal around your toilet. To replace the wax seal, turn off the water to the toilet, disconnect from the water supply and then lift the toilet and replace the ring. The real trick is setting the toilet back down on the ring correctly. Buy an extra ring in case you mess up and to avoid having to run to the hardware store in the middle of the job.
Twice per year, visually inspect the pipes under all of the sinks in your home. It is essential to check for leaks and fix any that you find, because leaking pipes can damage your the cabinets and the floor underneath. The dampness can also support mold growth, which can be hazardous.
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!