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Great Plumbing Tips That Will Save You Money

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Great Plumbing Tips That Will Save You Money

  1. 1. Great Plumbing Tips That Will Save You MoneyMany people think do-it-yourself plumbing is difficult. If you take the time to research theproblem ahead of time, though, you will have an easier time fixing it. The following plumbingtips will give you a head start on whatever plumbing project needs to be done.If the drain stack for your washing machine overflows, try snaking it with a standard pipesnake. Every now and then, lint and other tiny washing machine items can build within thepipe, which can cause it to back up or clog.Good plumbers do work far beyond unclogging drains. Plumbers are routinely called on torepair water lines.If you have pipes made from copper, they can expand as hot water runs through them. Suchexpansion can produce movement and friction between the pipes and their pipe hangers, oreven make the pipes pop out. In order to prevent potential damage, wrap tape around loosepipes before putting them back in their hangers.Dont use bleach tablets, odor removers or those blue tablets in your toilet. While they aregood at removing odors, they have a detrimental effect on the parts of the toilet that arerubber. This can make it not function correctly and may even break it.If you notice that there is any water puddling around your water heater, you should be sure touse the water shut off valves as soon as you notice it. If you wait too long to shut it off thenyou could find yourself dealing with a small leak that turns into a larger problem, making itmuch harder to shut off.If the water in your toilet is low along with the toilet being clogged, pour some extra water inthe bowl to make the plunger effective again. Repeat this procedure if necessary as thewater returns back to a lower level.If you notice water dripping along or into your walls, it is very important for you to cut off thewater supply immediately and notify a plumber. This is an indication that there is seriousproblem with your plumbing. These problems could potentially cause flooding as well as moldand mildew, which may be harmful to your health.Check to see if you have toilet leaks. An easy way to determine this is to add a couple dropsof food coloring into the toilet tank. Keep your eye on the toilet bowl; if you notice coloredwater, you can safely assume that you are dealing with a leak.If you have a frozen pipe, turn on the nearest faucet so the water has an escape route whenthe pipe starts to thaw. This will help relieve pressure in pipes to prevent them from bursting,which may prevent bigger damage for your home.
  2. 2. As you ready your home for the winter, you should service and tune up your water heater.This could easily save money on your winter utilities, because your water heater will be moreefficient and use less energy to heat water.As you can see, plumbing problems dont have to be so difficult. If you can solve the problemyourself, you can save time waiting for a plumber, as well as saving a whole lot of money. Tryapplying what youve learned from this article next time you have a plumbing problem!plumbing