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Home Plumbing Secrets Your Plumber Doesn't Want You To Know

The cost of bringing in a plumber can be very high. There is no point in wasting your money on projects you can complete on your own. This article will guide you through a few simple secrets your plumber doesn't want you to know.

Tip: In order to prevent any pipes within your home from freezing, you should never let the home temperature get below freezing. Always insulate pipes exposed to elements.

Before you do anything, locate the main shut-off valve for your water. You need to know where this is ahead of having any problems down the road. If you know where it is, you can quickly shut the water off and avoid huge floods. You can't call the plumber and ask where it is - he won't know either!

Tip: You never want to pay for a job until it is complete, and this goes for a plumber as well. You may need to pay some money in the beginning, though you should not pay the full cost until you can be certain that the job was done correctly.

If your toilet is running all the time, causing you to have to jiggle the handle, the flap valve needs to be replaced. This is a cheap part to buy, and all you need to do is turn off the water to the toilet, flush it, put in the new flap and then turn the water back on. You can easily save a few hundred dollars by doing it yourself.

Tip: Use filters on all drains to prevent debris that might clog the pipes from getting through. Clean out the one in the kitchen whenever there's something trapped there that shouldn't be.

Always keep your manuals! Whether it is for your washing machine, garbage disposal or dishwasher, they will typically tell you how to fix the problems you're facing. At worst, you will at least know the model number and can look up instructions online. In fact, you may find others on forums who have had to fix the same problem and can give you the advice you need for free.

Tip: Do not put any oil, fat, or greasy foods or products in your sink. As they cool off, they can solidify and effectively create clogs and blockages in your drains.

To avoid having to call the plumber at all, replace any rubber hoses in your home with stainless steel or braided pipes. These are stronger than rubber and will save you flood damage down the road. Rubber pipes are most often found connecting dishwashers or washing machines to metal pipes.

Tip: Run lots of cold water whenever you use your garbage disposal. Cold water helps to maintain the sharpness of the blades and makes the disposal run more smoothly.

Never, ever hang clothing to dry on exposed pipes! Wet clothes are extremely heavy and can literally pull the pipe down, breaking it. When you have to call the plumber to fix it, you'll be red faced and paying out the nose for repairs.

Tip: To limit toilet problems, don't use it as a trash can. Don't flush items like paper towels, sanitary napkins, diapers or cotton balls, because these items don't break down and may cause clogging issues.

If you are replacing a toilet seat with metal bolts, a wrench may not do the job. When the bolts are old and rusted shut, you need a hacksaw to get them off. If you try to use a wrench, you may end up injured.

Tip: Get a good quality replacement shower head. Some people think it's alright to get the cheapest head for your shower in the store.

If you do have to call a plumber, find a good one by contacting your local plumbing supply store. They will never steer a customer towards a bad plumber to ensure their reputation remains intact.

Tip: Do not expect to clean grout out of a line by yourself. You can try to break it up to send it on down the line.

When you have to call your plumber, don't do it on Monday. Mondays are the day when wives have to call in professional help to fix the problems their husbands caused over the weekend.

Now that you know these secrets, you are ready to pay less and do more on your own. That means saving tons of money on the cost of a plumber when you just don't need his help. He may be hurting in the pocketbook, but you won't be any longer!

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