Plumbing Tips Every Homeowner Should Know To Save Money

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Publish at May 19, 2022 By: 704 Plumber
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Do you have a home and need some plumbing tips so you don't have to call a plumber every time the toilet doesn't flush? Before you call a plumber and spend $100 an hour or more, you should know some basic plumbing skills.

Prevent Plumbing Problems Before They Start!

It's a given that plumbing problems can be costly. But did you know that many plumbing problems are preventable with some knowledge and some simple maintenance?

Here are some tips to help you avoid common plumbing problems and save money in the long run.

Garbage disposal safety: Don't put your hands in!

Ensure that if something goes wrong in your garbage disposal, you resist any urges you have that might make you want to put your hands inside to fix a problem. A garbage disposal can be dangerous, even when it is not on. Look for a diagram of the garbage disposal you have on the Internet.

The importance of a quality shower head!

Please don't skimp on quality when it's time to replace that shower head. People often try to save money and buy the cheapest one that they see. The issue with that is they're less tough and can break.

Use a hairdryer to thaw frozen pipes!

Thaw frozen pipes using a hairdryer. Try using a lower heat setting on the dryer. Though the task might take a bit longer, you will reduce the risk of harming yourself or your pipes. You also won't have the expense of calling a plumber.

Don't remove grout from your plumbing!

Do not attempt to remove grout from your plumbing. You might be able to break it up a little bit and then get it a little further down the line. The problem will be easier to fix with plastic pipes rather than metal. However, you may never be fully rid of the grout without the assistance of a professional.

Keep your sink free of debris to avoid overflows.

Be sure that the overflow holes are free of debris. If your sink starts to overflow, the water will run into the overflow holes; this might not be a huge issue unless it is clogged. Make cleaning debris from the overflow holes part of your routine of maintaining your plumbing and checking it for problems and required repairs.

Septic tank cleaning: The expensive but Necessary Job.

To maintain a clean, well-functioning septic tank, it is recommended that you clean it out once every five years. Having it cleaned out prevents the sediment from accumulating in the septic tank and creating a sewage backup in your house or triggering the meltdown of the entire septic system.

White, it is somewhat expensive to pump the septic tank; it will be much more expensive should you need to clean backup, repair your septic tank or replace it altogether.

Clean dryer lint trap to prevent fires

Be sure that the dryer's lint trap is clean. This can prevent various problems, including a fire. Regularly check your lint trap for rips or holes that could let lint escape your pipes and cause clogging.

Tankless water heaters: A green solution for your home

Tankless water heaters are good for environmentally conscious individuals to think about buying. Tankless water heaters heat on demand rather than keeping a large amount of water constantly hot. This saves money on electricity and water costs.

Drain your garden hoses to avoid water pipe damage in winter

Drain and disconnect your hoses before winter comes. If they are not drained and disconnected, garden hoses are a source of potential damage to any water pipes they share a connection. If there's a hook-up within your garage that doesn't approach below freezing temperatures, it's perfectly safe to keep it hooked up there.

Plumbing Tips to Help You Avoid Disaster

It's always a good idea to be prepared for plumbing disasters, so we've put together this list of tips.

By following these simple steps, you can help avoid costly and messy problems down the road. So whether you're dealing with a leaky faucet or a backed-up sink, read on for some helpful advice.

  • When you are doing plumbing work, some things may go wrong. Some of these things may be simple to fix, but others may be more difficult. Whatever your particular situation, you need to be educated about plumbing to know if you need to call a plumber or if you can fix it yourself.
  • Use care when choosing a drain cleaner. Some drain cleaners have strong chemicals that can damage the pipes. Always be sure to pick a brand announced that it is gentle on pipes. Some drain cleaners can kill bacteria essential to your plumbing system and could even put your family in danger.
  • When attempting to tighten a pipe, you should know that over-tightening the pipe is bad news. The threads can break and might crack the pipe; you need to tighten pipes only enough to stop leaks.
  • Avoid paying the plumber until he finishes the job. You may be required to put some money down before a job is started but never pay the total cost until you know the job has been completed correctly. You must check your plumber has done all the work he promised before you have over the full payment. This will protect you against being scammed by fraudulent tradesmen.

Ways to Prevent Plumbing Problems in Your Home

No one wants to deal with plumbing problems, but they, unfortunately, happen to everyone at some point. By knowing how to prevent them, you can save yourself a lot of hassle and money in the long run.

Here are four tips to help you avoid plumbing problems in your home.

  • Problems with plumbing can cause problems in the home and damage your belongings. Here are some ways to prevent problems and steps to take when you do have a plumbing issue.
  • Things like carrots, bananas, chicken skin, and pumpkin are bad for the blades because they will get caught and clog the drain. Dispose of these items in the trash before putting foods in the garbage disposal.
  • Clean the aerator to fix low water pressure issues caused by the buildup of sediment. Take the aerator off, disassemble it, and brush it clean with a little vinegar. Then all you need to do is rinse and reassemble the aerator before putting it back on the faucet. This should help increase the water pressure because any obstacles in the aerator will have been removed.

Don't Let Plumbing Disasters Ruin Your Day - Call 704 Plumber!

Plumbing disasters can strike, leaving you with a mess to clean up and repairs to make. But by knowing how to prevent them and what to do if they happen, you can minimize the damage. So before your next big party or holiday gathering, be sure to read these tips and put them into practice. That way, you'll be ready for anything that comes your way - and you can enjoy your event without worry!

704 Plumber is always here to help, so if you have a plumbing disaster, don't hesitate to give us a call. We'll be there to help you clean up the mess and get your repairs done quickly to get back to your life.

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