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Simple Home Plumbing Tips

Published: August 13, 2021
DIY Plumbing

Sometimes, the most common plumbing problems have simple solutions. It is important to recognize and correct smaller problems before they become larger, more expensive issues. Here are 6 practical tips from our expert plumbers that will help keep your home’s plumbing in top shape.

Avoid chemical drain cleaners

Chemical drain cleaners are advertised as quick and easy solutions. This is not the case, and the use of these chemicals can result in expensive plumbing repairs in the future. Chemical drain cleaners can damage pipes and do not always completely clear clogs. If a plunger does not clear your clog, it is time to call a plumber with the correct tools to fix the job.

Know where your main water valve is located

If a pipe bursts in your home, would you know how to turn off the water? One of the most important plumbing tips is knowing where your main shutoff valve is located. Knowing this could save your property in the event of an unexpected plumbing disaster.

Use strainers to protect your drains

Using basket strainers in your sinks and shower will prevent hair, soap residue, and food waste from going down your drains and creating clogs. Regularly emptying a basket strainer is much easier and far less time-consuming than the unpleasant task of clearing a badly clogged drain.

home plumbing tip: Use a basket strainer when doing dishes

Test your toilet’s flush valve seal

The flush valve seal on your toilet keeps water from flowing from the tank to the bowl when it is sitting idle. Test the seal by adding a few drops of food coloring into your toilet’s tank. If you check on the toilet after a few hours and the color has migrated to your toilet bowl, you have a leak that should be addressed.

Make sure your main sewer line clean-out is accessible

The clean-out pipe allows you to access your home’s main sewer line to clear a blockage or for routine maintenance. Sometimes it is located outside near the house, but sometimes it can be found in your basement. Avoid placing objects over this access point. If you have a blockage in your sewer line, a plumber will need to access this spot to fix the issue quickly and efficiently.

Keep your showerhead clean

Have you noticed an erratic spray pattern or a weak flow in your shower? You might need a new showerhead, but first, try cleaning your existing one. Get a plastic bag and fill it halfway with vinegar. Then attach the bag to your showerhead using a rubber band. Leave your showerhead submerged in the vinegar overnight, and if the problem was due to buildup on your fixture, this should have fixed the issue! If this plumbing tip does not work, contact a plumber to determine the problem.

 

If these tips do not help fix your problem or if you have more extensive plumbing issues, our expert plumbers are here to help! Give us a call or schedule service online today.

 

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