If you are handy with tools, you might try to attempt tackling some of the easier plumbing repairs in your home to save money. However, before attempting a repair, you should be aware of common mistakes many do-it-yourselfers make that could leave you with a costly plumbing bill. Here are some of the most common plumbing mistakes homeowners often make that you should avoid.
Most people would not think twice about replacing worn out appliances or the roof on their home if they were showing signs of failing. However, it is very common to not give old plumbing a second thought until there is a major problem. The plumbing in your home will usually give you a sign early on that something is going awry - you just need to know to recognize the signs that repair is needed so that you can act to prevent further damage.
Whether it has slowly built up over time or suddenly happens, low water pressure is a sign that something is not quite right with the plumbing in your home. Some pressure issues can be easily resolved without the need of a plumber, while a sudden drop in water pressure might require immediate assistance.
Conserving water and reducing water waste is now more important than ever as the possibility of shortages continues to grow. A recent report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office brought to light that 40 out of 50 state water managers anticipate that water shortages within their states in the decade to come. Protecting the environment and natural resources is everyone’s responsibility.
Dealing with a clogged kitchen drain can be a hassle, especially when it springs out of nowhere when you are trying to prepare a meal or, worse, preparing for guests to arrive. One of the most common causes of clogs is the dumping used cooking oil down your drain. This includes rinsing oil and grease from pots and pans down your drain. Rinsing drains with hot water and grease-fighting dish detergent behind the oil won’t prevent clogs; the grease will simply jell further down the pipeline, causing the same clog but in a more difficult location.
While some plumbing repairs are better left to a professional, there are some repairs you can do on your own. Here are some plumbing tricks that can be done by almost anyone that will save you money and a visit from a plumber.
Leaks in pipes under your sinks or in those that connect to various appliances or plumbing fixtures in your home are usually easy to find. However, a slab leak can be difficult to discover, and this is problematic because such leaks can cause expensive damage to your home. Here’s what you should know about slab leaks.
Thanksgiving is behind us, and Christmas is just around the corner! That means the savory smell of turkey, the frenzy of football games, and the dreaded post-meal cleanup. It may be tempting to throw everything down the drain or flush away things in the toilet, but that could make matters worse for yourself and your plumbing. If you want to avoid issues with your pipes during the holidays, here are some tips about what you should and shouldn’t do:
No plumbing device is invincible, and even the safest, most durable pipe systems will eventually break down. While it is often possible to shore up broken plumbing with minor repairs, the longer you have had your pipes, the greater the chance that they are too severely damaged for repairs to work. When this occurs, you need to invest in repiping, or comprehensively replacing large portions of your plumbing system with new pipes.
With all the spooky happenings around Halloween, you expect to have a little friendly terror in your life. What you don’t want are plumbing horrors that ambush you during an already busy time of year. Yet the potential for difficulties with your plumbing is already haunting your home, waiting to spread some Halloween frights.
These Halloween plumbing tips can help you avoid some common plumbing mishaps that can happen this time of year. A little common sense will go a long way towards keeping you and your plumbing happy during this creepiest of holidays!