Simple Tips That Can Save You From Making Expensive Plumbing Repairs

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It's only natural to count on the plumbing in your home working efficiently. But when it doesn't, things can get a bit messy and costly. Fortunately, there are simple steps you can take to prevent many common plumbing problems from occurring. Following are eight plumbing-related don'ts that can save you inconvenience, money, and frustration.

  1. Don't be in the dark about where your water shut-off valves are located. Knowing where to find them and getting the water supply shut off quickly can prevent a costly disaster in the event of a plumbing emergency.

  2. Don't ignore a slow dripping faucet that may only need a rubber seal, washer, or O-ring (a gasket to seal connections). Another simple yet common fix is to tighten a loose nut that holds the parts inside the faucet in place. Neglecting small fixes like these can eventually lead to a more expensive plumbing repair.

  3. Don't forget to maintain your hot water heater. Flush the tank once a year. Sediment, calcium, iron, rust, and dirt that settle to the bottom of the holding tank leave less space for hot water. Flushing helps your water heater last longer too.

  4. Don't forget to check your rubber washing machine hoses, as burst hoses are a common cause of water damage in a home. As rubber gets older, it becomes less flexible and can suddenly burst.

    To prevent leaks, one option is to install an emergency shut-off kit. An alarm sounds and the water supply valves close if the sensor detects a leak. Another option is to install stainless steel braided hoses which are inexpensive and don't burst as easily.

  5. Don't pour harsh chemicals down your drains to unclog them, as these can corrode your pipes, especially if they are older metal pipes.

  6. Don't pour hot oils, cooking grease, or fats down your kitchen sink or garbage disposal. You could end up with a clogged drain once the grease cools. You also don't want that grease accumulating and blocking municipal sewer pipes. If a small amount of grease escapes down the drain, run some cold water.

    Dispose of greasy solids and semi-solids by pouring them into a disposable container with a lid and then throwing the container in the trash. Use paper towels to absorb left-over cooking oil. Dispose of the paper towels in the garbage.

  7. Don't dump food scraps into the garbage disposal. To avoid clogging the drain or damaging the disposal, throw them away in the trash. Foods that can be particularly troublesome include bones, potato peels, poultry skins, pits, stringy fruits and vegetables, and egg shells.

  8. Don't attempt plumbing repairs on your own unless you know what you are doing. If you are uncertain about how to do a particular repair, you could make things worse. Any plumbing projects you undertake also need to comply with local plumbing codes.

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16 June 2015

All About Building a Home

Welcome to my website. I'm Albert Frost. Besides my dad, one of my biggest role models was my uncle Rick. He was a construction contractor who would let me come on his construction sites and also taught me everything he knew about building homes, including how to install hardwood flooring and add insulation. I always wanted to grow up to build houses like my uncle. I used to help my uncle with a lot of the grunt work needed to make a home a reality. But then I hurt my back playing football. Until I heal completely, I'm going to devote as much of my time as possible to teaching others about various construction topics I'm interested in.