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How To Handle All Of Your Plumbing Problems

Plumbing issues can arise at any time. When these issues happen, they can create an emergency. By learning how you should respond to these issues when they arise, you can act quickly to prevent additional damage to your home.

Tip: If your pipes make squeaking and hammering noises, it may be very simple to fix. Exposed pipes will have to be anchored.

The first thing you should know is the location of your home's main shut off valve. This valve allows you to quickly turn off all water to your home. When a plumbing issue occurs, you will be able to quickly turn your water off with just a turn of your wrist. By knowing where the shut off valve is located, you can help protect yourself from additional water damage expenses.

Tip: You do not give the plumber all the money until he is finished with his work. Some plumbers may require a deposit, but don't fork over all the dough until the job is completed to spec.

Once every six months you should look for leaks. By catching a leak when it is small, you can avoid larger leaks that lead to expensive repairs. By having a set schedule for checking your plumbing, you can keep larger leaks at bay.

Tip: 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.

One of the worse things that can happen to a homeowner is an overflowing toilet. By learning how to unclog a clogged toilet, you can save yourself both time and money. Learning how to use a plunger and a plumbing snake can keep you from calling a plumber to fix minor clogs.

Tip: You can greatly extend the life of your garbage disposal by regularly cleaning it. Keep your garbage disposal fresh and running by using dish soap, cherry pits and lemon rinds regularly.

There are several different kinds of plungers. Each type of plunger is used for different types of clogs. The standard plunger most homeowners have is a bulb type plunger this plunger works well for toilet clogs; however, the new accordion style plungers work better on sinks and bathtubs. These plungers take less muscle power than the old bulb type plunger and can be use when less water can be used.

Tip: Be sure that the overflow holes don't clog up. These overflow holes are present in case of a clog or overfilling.

Each of your family members should be able to spot when a plumbing problem arises. This includes reduced pressure in the shower, air in your plumbing lines and general clogs. By teaching your family how to spot these issues, they can alert you when any problem arises.

Tip: It is important to run your faucet with cold water whenever you run your garbage disposal. Cold water helps the blades stay sharp and keeps the disposal running smoothly.

If you have a plumber that you always use, make sure his telephone number can easily be found. Many plumbers have business cards. Ask your plumber for at least three business cards. This way you and your significant other can carry one in your wallet, and you can post the other business card on your refrigerator. This technique is especially important for busy families who are always on the go.

Tip: Install low flush toilets and energy efficient shower heads and faucets to reduce your utility bills. Most hot water is consumed in our showers.

Keep a variety of plumbing supplies in a central location. Many homeowners find that storing small lengths of PVC pipes along with couplings in a bathroom closet is the best solution for storage. By having a variety of plumbing supplies on hand, you can quickly remedy any leak you find. Additionally, make sure you keep a can of PVC cleaner and a can of PVC glue on hand. Many homeowners also find that having a tube of plumbers putty can be used in a pinch. This putty can quickly seal a leak until a plumber can be called.

Learn how to avoid plumbing headaches by educating yourself on how to spot plumbing problems and how to remedy them quickly.

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