Save money with these simple plumbing DIY tips

Any kind of service call to a license plumber is expensive. In fact, you can call a plumber for a leaky shut-off valve, watch him cut it off and replace it in five minutes and then get charged 100 dollars for a five dollar part and his time. So, the point is, following some basic maintenance and repair plumbing tips can help keep the plumber away and save you a lot of money. Here are some tips organized by category.

Bathroom Plumbing

  • If you aren’t hot running hot water down all the drain at least once a week, start doing so. This will keep the pipe clear of debris and enable a strong flow.

  • At least once a year, take apart your showerhead and clean it gently with a wire brush. This will rid the showerhead of mineral deposits. Do this especially if you start to notice that the flow of your showerhead is uneven.

  • Make sure that water is not slowly pouring into the overflow pipe of your toilet tank (the overflow pipe is the middle pipe). If it is, adjust the water level in the tank by adjusting the flush valve (the other pipe in the toilet tank).

Kitchen Plumbing

  • Before and after using the waste disposal in your kitchen sink, run water for ten seconds or so. This will clear out the disposal and allow it to work more efficiently.

  • Don’t pour kitchen grease down the sink drain! This is one of the biggest causes of blocked drains.

  • Put as little food as possible in the waste disposal. Your waste disposal can only chew up so much before breaking down. Go easy on it!

Laundry Plumbing

  • Make sure that all drains have strainers on them so that hair and other debris are not clogging them.

  • If you use your washing machine infrequently, dump so water down the drain to make sure the trap is full. If the water in the trap dries out, sewer gases will get into your house.

  • Make sure that the water temperature is not any higher than you need. This conserves energy and is easier on the machine.

Additional online resources

When it comes to home plumbing, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, which is why it is important to follow the tips above. Inevitably though, something will break.

When it does the chances are good that you can fix it

on your own, whether it’s fixing a leaky faucet or installing a new fill valve in a toilet tank. Two good websites for instructional videos are See Jane Drill and Ask Me DIY.

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