The plumbing systems in our homes represent a complex set of pipes installed in the walls and floors, so a plumbing problem can potentially cause a lot of issues that are sure to disrupt our normal life. In order to avoid such problems, we need to take special care of the plumbing in our home. Of course, we can fix some minor issues ourselves, but in most cases, we need the help of a professional. However, when we want to fix some plumbing problems, we oftentimes make some rookie mistakes that later cost us money as well as precious time. To avoid these newbie mistakes, take a look at some handy plumbing tricks.
• Schedule Regular Plumbing Check-Ups
You should schedule regular plumbing check-ups at least once a year. Many people don’t think about their plumbing systems at all until there is some problem. You shouldn’t wait for the problem to arise, because it will eventually cost you more. Prevention of huge plumbing issues is the key. That’s why we schedule these regular controls. When a professional inspects your pipes, he’ll know right away whether your pipes are fine or whether there’s a need for some minor repairs in order to prevent further problems. The worst thing you can do is ignore a potential sign of a plumbing issue. For example, leaks or clogged drains. As soon as you notice something unusual or strange you should contact a licensed plumber service.
• Use Chemicals Mindfully
One of the most common mistakes many homeowners make is the excessive usage of drain chemicals. When dealing with a clogged drain, the most obvious solution seems to be pouring toxic chemicals down the drains. Even though it is effective and it almost instantly unclogs the drains, it can also have counter effects. Namely, some of these chemicals are quite strong, and besides removing residue and clogs, they can also damage the drains. The safest option is to use not such harsh chemicals or to use a simple DIY solution made of vinegar and baking soda. And when speaking of how to prevent drain clogs in the first place, be mindful of what you pour down the drains. Avoid pouring fat, oil, food residue, animal bones or cartilage, and any other hard food residue.
• Pay Attention To Cleanouts
Even though every home should have a proper system to clear or fix blocked drains, it’s not always the case. In some homes, the cleanouts are not set in the aptest places, which can be a problem. One thing is for sure; these cleanout systems shouldn’t be placed beyond your property’s first floor. It would be a good idea to consider installing cleanouts if possible. Sometimes, due to the already set plumbing system in your home, it’s not possible to add cleanouts, which would assist when it comes to servicing the drains. There are some instances where these cleanouts should be installed at all times.
• Leave The Heater On Even When You’re Away During Wintertime
Another quite common mistake that we tend to make during winter is turning off the water heater when we go on a holiday for a few days or weeks. We do this in an attempt to save some money on electricity bills, which is justified, but it can end up causing you even bigger and more expensive problems. For example, the pipes are in danger of freezing and eventually bursting. So, instead of turning the heater completely off, turn it down, but not completely.
• Think Twice About DIY Repairs
We’ve all been there – faced with a plumbing issue that seems so minor that we decide to try and fix it ourselves. Unprepared. And, we hate to admit it, but it usually ends with a negative outcome. If you’re not sure what you’re doing, what tools you need, or how to do it, it’s better to trust the job to a professional, because you can end up creating even bigger problems than initially. However, if you do feel skillful and competent enough to deal with some plumbing issues, make sure you have at hand the necessary tools such as basin and standard wrenches, a metal file, a hacksaw, a plumber’s snake and adjustable, hex-shaped wrenches, among other things.
Now that we’ve opened your eyes with some usual plumbing mistakes as well as pointers on how to avoid them, together with regular plumbing check-ups, you’ll assure good pipes that’ll last for years to come.