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Plumbing Tips | 8 Advice’s to Consider

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Plumbing is something that each household relies on, and needs to function on. Ensuring that all of your plumbing pipes are running smoothly and efficiently is important for them and yourself. So, here is a list of great plumbing tips, tricks, and advice, every homeowner should know!

  1. A Clog in Toilets and Sink

Clogs are the most common problem any house owner will face, whether it be a toilet or drain clog. If you leave it alone, it will end up becoming a mess that no one would want to clean up. The common solution is to pour 1/2 portion of baking soda and a similar amount of vinegar down the drain. Then wait approximately half an hour and then pour boiling water down the drain. There is also a plunger, another common tactic used. However, you have to consider that toilets and sinks require different types of plungers to remove clogs. Hence, make sure the correct one is being used. You can forgo all these problems by using a basket strainer. This will help prevent a time-consuming and unpleasant task in the future. 

  1. Tossing Chemicals and Others down Toilets & Drains

Grease and oil will build up. It is unavoidable. You won’t notice it at first and assuming all liquids should go down the drain is fine. Yet the little amounts of accrued oil and grease will build up and cause a serious headache. Then there are also other things that shouldn’t be flushed down the toilet and drains as well. Since if you start flushing things other than toilet paper and bodily waste down the toilet. There can be serious consequences that can be costly and time wasting. The items can include hygiene products, prescription medication, floss, and other things.

  1. Leaks . . . leaks everywhere

Leaks are a constant problem that you will have to face in the time you spend in your house. This can impact the person whose paying the water bill. They better expect some serious financial losses if the leak isn’t fixed. The first step in solving this crisis is seeing if there is even a leak. You need to check the water meter when no water is and a few hours later, while no one else has been using water as well. If the meter has moved, it is obvious that there is a leak. Even without having leaks, there are many other ways to waste water. The next step is in identifying the source of the leak, done by shutting off the valve for the water into the house. Then if it is, finding the source of the leak, and if it is too difficult, call a plumber. Repairing them is vital, for instance, a leaky toilet can increase your water usages by more than 40%. Replacing an old showerhead can save up to 7.5 gallons of water per minute by replacing it with a newer model. 

  1. Being conservative with water usage

A difficult thing we all have done is being conservative with our water usage. The long showers and baths we have, the unnecessary long times we have the faucets run wastes a lot of water. We can cut back on the more obvious water wastes, but there are other sources, less known ones as well. Simple things as installing a timer that can automatically turn the hot water off at night and on in the morning. This sort of simple contraption can pay for itself in less than a year. You should convince your family to take more showers than baths. A hot water bath uses up 15-25 gallons, whereas, less than 10 gallons are used during a 5-minute shower. Water waste is a serious problem that many households face, and ensuring you do not do the same is vital.

  1. Consider implementing Technologies 

If you heat with electricity and live in a warm and sunny climate, consider installing a solar water heater. Then there are natural gas, oil, and propane water heaters that are less expensive to operate than electric models. You have to consider safety as well alongside energy-efficiency reasons when buying gas and oil-fired water heaters, to avoid back-drafting of combustion gases into the home. Consider checking the septic systems at least twice a year, to ensure they’re running properly. A somewhat cheap option is using biodegradable soaps to conserve water usage. Another simple tech to consider using is a spring-loaded timer. It will attach directly onto your outdoor faucet, can help you with not under or over watering your garden.

  1. Prevent Your Plumbing From Freezing

If you heat with electricity and live in a warm and sunny climate, consider installing a solar water heater. Then there are natural gas, oil, and propane water heaters that are less expensive to operate than electric models. You have to consider safety as well alongside energy-efficiency reasons when buying gas and oil-fired water heaters, to avoid back-drafting of combustion gases into the home. Consider checking the septic systems at least twice a year, to ensure they’re running properly. A somewhat cheap option is using biodegradable soaps to conserve water usage. Another simple tech to consider using is a spring-loaded timer. It will attach directly onto your outdoor faucet, can help you with not under or over watering your garden.

  1. Prevent Your Plumbing From Freezing

This isn’t a problem to consider if you live in a temperate climate, but if you live in a seasonal climate area, winter can get annoying. Once the temperatures get low enough, your pipes and other plumbing can freeze, can cause serious financial damages to your wallet. One of the best things you can do to prepare is set up an air circulation through your home. It should be at a temperature somewhat above 15 degrees Celcius. Insulating the pipes outside of your house is also something to consider, if not, definitely do. Consider taking a walk around your house and seeing what rooms get cold and chilly, and improve air circulation in those rooms

  1. Increasing your own knowledge of your house

You have already taken the first step in this final tip, yet there is more to consider and do. Sure, plumbing is definitely important, but knowing where your main water valve is and what to do if there is an issue is important as well. When the pipes burst, finding your main water valve and turning it off will help minimize the damage until we can get there to help. If you don’t know where it is, you will be running around while you accrue several hundred dollars of damages. Knowing the infrastructure of your house and where the pipes are, where the septic tanks lead is important as well. Knowing how to troubleshoot and fix an issue is important.

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