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...
Fix a Clogged Drain Fast With These Easy Steps

Fix a Clogged Drain Fast With These Easy Steps

Easy Ways To Fix a Clogged Drain Some plumbing problems you just can’t avoid, due to faulty materials, poor installation, or simple wear and tear over time. However, there are certain plumbing problems that you can avoid by taking proper precautionary measures. To save yourself from unnecessary spending (and unwanted headaches), you should uphold some basic practices to protect your plumbing from future costly repairs. One of the simplest plumbing problems – and easiest to prevent – is that of clogged drains. How do you keep from clogging your drain? 1. Use Drain Screens These are very simple and affordable devices that can go a long way in protecting your drains from clogs. Drain screens are exactly what they sound like: screens that cover your drains. They are generally made of metal or plastic, and can be found in any chain retail, hardware, or home improvement store. Simply place the drain screen over the drain to block hair and soap scum from drains, and be sure to clean the screens frequently. Use them in your kitchen, showers and anywhere else debris and hair can accumulate in your drain. 2. Boiling Water Even if your drains don’t become clogged with things like hair and other debris, you can bet that there is a collection of buildup from things like soap scum, water calcium, and other substances that grow on each other to form a nasty, mucky build up. One of the best and easiest ways to clear out this buildup and keep drains free and clear of clogs is to pour boiling water down your drains once every other week....

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