When it comes time for you to start maintaining and fixing your own plumbing, you may wonder where to begin. There are so many things to consider when purchasing tools and equipment and when following regulations and instructions. These tips can help you become a much better plumber.
If a plunger is ineffective, you might be able to do the trick with a bucket of warm water. Once the water is lower, do this again.
Iron will cause orange or pink stains in and on your fixtures if you have a well. This is fixed by using water softener, which can be bought at a store, or you can have someone come to your home and fix it.
Keep the garbage disposal clean to make sure it will last as many years as your house does. By regularly “cleaning” the disposal with lemon rinds, cherry pits and dish soap, you can make sure that your garbage disposal is running well and smelling so clean it could be new.
You can drastically reduce your utility bills with the installation of shower heads designed for better efficiency. A lot of the hot water that we use is used when we shower. Invest in an energy-efficient shower head and you could save a hundred dollar every year on your water bill.
If you notice water draining into your dishwasher, check how the kitchen sink hoses are installed. Your hose must run in a hill pattern to avoid water mixing. Think of the St. Louis Arch — start from your sink, go uphill with the hose, and then down before connecting to the dishwasher. This way, only pressurized water can travel through the hose. Leakage won’t be an issue.
Plumbing should not seem as complicated now. You just need the basics to get started. All you need are some tools, patience, curiosity, and no fear of manual labor. Use these skills in tandem with the information you learned here, and you will have the job finished in no time.