Ten Tips to Keep Your Plumbing System in Good Working Condition

Ten Tips to Keep Your Plumbing System in Good Working Condition

Ten Tips to Keep Your Plumbing System in Good Working Condition If you own your home, you will at some point encounter plumbing problems that require a professional. There are simple things you can do around your house to help keep your plumbing in good shape for years to come. 1. Clean your Shower Heads Sediment buildup in your shower heads can lower your water pressure.  Fortunately, it is easy to remove shower heads and soak them in a calcium/lime/rust agent to remove any clinging sediment. 2. Leaks Leaks are sometimes easy to find and other times they can be within the walls themselves or even in your sewer pipes. It is a good idea to keep on a regular lookout for leaks throughout your home and property, so that you can prevent small problems from growing into larger problems.  To find leaks, simply look for wet spots in the walls and ceilings, puddles on the floor and wet spots in your yard. 3. Leaky Faucet Tighten all of your faucets as much as you can and make sure you don’t have any water leaking out of them. 4. Mildew  This problem is a health hazard, and is often the result of a puddle of standing water that has dried up.  Standing water may be indicative of a leak, so watch for mildew. 5. Drainage Water should drain fast enough that it swirls around when going down.  Watch for the swirl, and listen for bubbling which will alert you to whether or not your drains are getting clogged. 6. Corrosion Not only can corrosion contaminate your water, but it...
How to Save Money on Your Water Bill

How to Save Money on Your Water Bill

How to Save Money on Your Water Bill With the downturn in the economy, financial times are tight for most people these days. We could all use a little help when it comes to cutting our monthly expenses down.  Fortunately, there are some very simple things you can do to conserve on your water usage and save extra money each month on your water bill. Plumbing Fixtures Did you know that your shower head may be using as much as five and a half gallons of water per minute?  By switching to a low-flow shower head, you can conserve up to three gallons of water per minute.  That’s a considerable savings.  Low-flow shower heads are relatively inexpensive, and super easy to install, so you simply cannot afford to not make the switch now. Have a few bucks to spare? Install a new toilet with low flow technology to reduce the amount of water used when flushing the toilet. The savings you will get on your water bill will pay for itself quicker then you think. Displace Toilet Water Don’t have the cash to get a new toilet? Here is a cheaper alternative that will help you use less water when flushing the toilet. Lift the cover of the toilet chamber and place a brick or large rock in there to displace the water so that you use less with each flush. Turn Off Water This may seem like common sense, but the truth is that there may be times you are unnecessarily using water that you are not even aware of.  For example, if you are brushing your teeth...
Help for Plumbing System Problems

Help for Plumbing System Problems

Help for Plumbing System Problems Most, if not all, homeowners should expect plumbing and water system issues to be a problem sooner or later. A toilet will clog, the kitchen sink may stop draining properly or the basement will flood; saturating the inner walls and weakening the foundation of the home. Any and all of these issues may happen at any given time. If one or more of these water system emergencies happen to you: this advice will help you when its your turn to experience a plumbing catastrophe. Sediment and other foreign particle buildup is a very common problem effecting your home’s water system pressure. Though a good cleaning of your faucets aerator will do the trick to remove the sediment, most professional plumbers will perform this task for a minimum fee. Natural and chemically based cleaning solutions will lend a helping hand in breaking up difficult or stuck particles. If you’re willing to risk not replacing the parts correctly and spending much more in plumbing fees to fix it; you can remove the aerator yourself and clean it. Materials for the task include: vinegar or another suitable cleaning agent, a wire brush and gloves. After removing the aerator, clean it of sediment and other foreign material, rinse the piece and replace it on the faucet. If done correctly, the water pressure should be stronger. As water travels through metal, copper pipes they usually expand. The fittings holding the copper piping into place may not be able to hold them once hot water has passed through. Damage and warping can occur resulting in degradation of the pipes and...
Plumbing Tips to Save You Money

Plumbing Tips to Save You Money

Plumbing Tips to Save You Money Good plumbing in a safe and healthy home is important to every homeowner. Problems with a home’s water system is always unexpected. When money is not available or a professional plumber is too expensive, these plumbing tips will help any homeowner save money and maintain a safe plumbing infrastructure. In most cases of a water system leak the caulking or grout the water has accumulated on is damaged. Fortunately, replacement caulking and grout are fairly priced at local hardware stores and are applied with simple instruction. When removing old and damaged caulk or grout, ensure you remove and replace all damaged material; mold will continue to develop if parts of moisture-damaged sealants remain in the troubled area after the repair. Another common problem involving poor drainage or water system leaks is a build up of grout, lint, hair and other foreign material. Pressure can build within the piping, causing the fixtures holding the pipe in place to shift. If a shifting of the pipe fixture occurs, damage to that entire water system line can mean big problems and big money to fix it. A simple step to prevent this is regular lint trap cleaning. Before a load of laundry is started in the dryer, ensure the lint trap has no tears or holes as a accumulation of lint will develop in the water system. Improper disposal of building supplies such as grout, caulk, paint, etc. can and will cause a dangerous build up of unwanted chemicals. Safety is the priority for parents and homeowners; make certain these kinds of waste products never pass...
What You Need to Know About Plumbing

What You Need to Know About Plumbing

What You Need to Know About Plumbing There are too many supplies, techniques and professional methods to fully understand the complex subject of a home’s water system. With as much information available today on the wide array of subjects related to plumbing water systems; it can be confusing to resolve your plumbing problems. Here are some cost-effective suggestions any home or business owner can use on their plumbing projects. Routine inspection of your home or businesses’ important water system appliances is a good place to start. Any give or movement under a tile or water fixture is a sure sign of rot and deposits. You should repair them immediately and it goes without saying: don’t dispose of grout, caulk or other sealant material down the drain. Inspecting the performance of your home or businesses’ water heater appliance will save a good amount of money by the time winter’s cold weather arrives. If an early inspection reveals performance issues, expensive repairs can be avoided with routine maintenance. The harder the water tank works to heat the water, the greater the monthly utility cost will be. The most frequently used water appliances in any home are always the toilets. Simple repairs may include removing old, damaged caulk and applying a new seal; they may need a part replaced in the function area of the toilet as well. A common part to become damaged from regular use is the flapper and stopper. The flapper controls when the toilet shuts off and the rubber stopper prevents the full bowl from leaking down the sides of the toilet. Regular inspection and replacement of these...
Fall Home Plumbing Tips

Fall Home Plumbing Tips

Instead of waiting until the last minute to start winterizing your home, get a jump start in fall before it gets really cold. All summer you’ve enjoyed playing, keeping your lawn green, and not worrying about things like frozen pipes, but as the leaves start to drop in fall, turning your attention towards preparing your home for winter is good practice for homeowners. Read through these fall home plumbing tips top make sure your house rides out the winter with no plumbing mishaps. When water freezes, it expands. If you’ve ever filled up a bottle of water and popped it in the freezer for a cold treat later in the day, it only takes once before you learn that you can’t fill it full. Same rule applies to gutters and pipes. Frozen water can tear apart eaves on your roof and even tear gutters right off your house! The more leaves in the way, the more likely your gutter will clog (and then freeze when the temperature drops). Quick Tip: Instead of pulling out leaves by hand or trying to balance with a small broom, try using a leaf blower! If the leaves are dry they should just fly out without a long hassle of an unwanted chore. Once the weather has fully cooled down and you’re not looking to use your water hose anymore, unhook the hoses around your house. Once you know it’s fully drained, store them somewhere inside for the winter. Plastic and rubber can still freeze (and thaw) during colder weather, causing cracks along the way. After your hose is disconnected, make sure that your...

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