Now’s the time to expand your knowledge of plumbing. The thought has crossed your mind before, but you did not make the time to do it. Read on for some great information on the basics of plumbing, and you will feel more empowered to handle any plumbing emergencies that come up, even if you don’t have a plumber that can show up right away.
On very cold winter nights, allow your faucets to trickle slightly, especially if your pipes are located in a crawlspace. The running water prevents the pipes from freezing as quickly as they would otherwise. You can catch the water and use it for other household needs to prevent wasting it.
Have you tried patching your pipe with the store-bought patching kits only to have that section of your plumbing continue leaking? Replacing the damaged pipe is a more permanent solution than patching. First, you must shut off the main water valve, and drain the water from the damaged section. Cut out the damaged section of the copper pipe, leaving about an inch of extra pipe on both sides of the damaged area. Remove corrosion from inside the pipes with a wire brush. Apply flux to the replacement pipe and the remaining pipe. Slide the piece of replacement pipe into place with couplings. Apply solder all around the joint, and use a propane torch to solder the replacement section into place.
The best way to avoid plumbing bills is to prevent problems before they happen. Clogs are one of the main reasons people have to call a plumber. You can clog your drains with hair. Stop the clog by covering your drains with screens to keep hair from going into the pipes. It’s a lot simpler to eliminate hair that is on a screen than eliminating it off a pipe.
Everyone in your home should know where the main water shut off valve is. By knowing where to find this valve, you’ll be able to shut off the water in the event a pipe bursts, a bathtub or toilet overflows or any other emergency that requires you to turn off the water.
Frozen pipes can lead to many problems, most of them expensive to fix. So you want to avoid that at all costs. To avoid frozen pipes, make sure the temperature in your home never drops below 55 degrees. Look for any air leaks around your pipes and make sure they’re sealed up.
The most important plumbing tip you need to know is — how to turn off your home’s main water supply. Once the water is shut off, you can investigate problems and figure out how to resolve them. Walk the family through the house and show them where all the water shut-off valves are, and how to use them.
You should be able to understand your plumbing problems well enough to know if you can do it yourself, or if you should hire a plumber. You will be a great resource to your family and friends, and potentially save yourself quite a bit of money, as well. The information above was delivered in a straightforward manner, so you should have no trouble understanding and implementing any of the above techniques.