Plumbing Tips For Simple DIY Maintenance Jobs

 

Owning a home comes with many responsibilities, and one of the most important ones is making sure your home’s plumbing is in good working condition. Catching a problem early on can mean the difference between a quick simple fix and a big expensive plumbing disaster later down the road. At least once a year check for those leaks and run those faucets to make sure everything is OK and you won’t have to call for a plumber. Here’s a quick checklist of what to look for.

First thing to do is visually inspect all of your plumbing fixtures including your kitchen sink, bath tub, shower valves, toilet, and bathroom sink. Make sure everything is properly secured and aligned, with no leaks or rust. Flush the toilet and make sure the water does not continue to run. If after 3 to 5 minutes the toilet continues to run, that may be a sign of a slow leak.

Water pressure is another issue to watch out for. Run all the faucets in your home to make sure the water runs around 30 psi. If the water pressure is low, it could mean a dirty shower head or faucet, a clog, sediment buildup, or a problem with the aerator. Likewise, check all drains to make sure water drains away quickly and without any bubbling, which may require the service of a plumber. If you haven’t got a way  to check the water pressure, it’s a good idea to have that done for you by a pro every three or four years.

If you feel you are up for it, your water heater should be checked as well. If it’s one of the newer tankless water heater Vancouver, make sure all heating elements are working. If your water heater runs on gas, it’s a good idea to check for rust in the burner chamber. Also, the flame should be blue. A plumber’s help may be required for more advanced checks such as draining the water heater to examine the sediment level at the bottom. Also, if you have one of those on demand water heater Vancouver in your home it needs to be checked ever couple years for proper configuration.

If you have a basement, check the pipes going through it and into the rest of your home. This includes both water and sewer pipes. As with other pipes, check for leaks, tightness, or drips. If you smell sewer odors, this could mean you have a septic problem in which case you may need to call a plumber.

If left unchecked, there could be many potential plumbing problems waiting to happen when you least expect it. However, checking everything once a year can easily help prevent future disasters and visits from a plumber. If the time comes a professional’s help is needed you can rest assured that your plumber will have the experience, skills, and tools needed to solve your plumbing problems.

Plugged Toilet Story…

Plumbing problems, particularly overflow issues, are always annoying and always seem to come at the most annoying times.

This morning I was getting ready for work. I used the restroom, flushed the toilette, and left the room. I kept hearing the water running. Low and behold I walk back into the restroom and there is a pool of water on the floor and the toilet is still running.

Ah, the old “backed up toilet” problem. This is one that man will struggle with for centuries to come and the first man who totally fixes it will be filthy rich.

Until then, lets go over some solutions a person could use in order to overcome this most frustrating unhappy event. Hopefully, you can use one of these suggestions to avoid having to call a plumber out and in the process becoming $120 poorer in the process.

Get The Plunger

This is the first thing you want to do. Your toilet is clogged and and you want to use suction, caused by the rubber head of the plunger, to suction it out.

Make sure you insert the plunger into the toilet bowl in a position where you can get a good seal. The stronger the suction created; the better as more force is being applied to the item(s) that is stuck. Push up and down so you are creating a strong “pull” and a forceful flow of water to break through whatever is clogging up your toilet.

Time to Get The Snake

No, I am not talking about a dangerous animal.

I am talking about a tool that can be used to remove an obstruction that may be deep inside your sewer line. This item is also referred to as an auger.

Basically this tool is a pool with a flexible and somewhat long wire coil that can twist and turn and go fairly far inside a pipe or hole.

Slide the coil inside your toilet and begin twisting. The auger, or snake, is designed to break the clog apart or grasp it and pull it out. After you pull the main chuck out you want to flush the toilet as their are most likely little chunks left in their that you do not want to settle.

Chemicals

There are substances (like Drano) that are manufactured with the express purpose of clearing drains and toilets. They clear the pipe by basically dissolving the substance that is causing the obstruction.

Make sure that you look on the back of whatever drain cleaner you buy and make certain it is safe for porcelain (what your toilet is made from). Follow the recommended dosage found on the back of the bottle.

After several hours there is a good chance the item will have dissolved and you can flush the toilet. I like to wait as long as possible to make sure the object has been broken up.

These are your three basic options your typical can take, without any professional plumbing knowledge, to solve a backed up toilet.

If you try one or a combination of the three suggestions just mentioned and it does not work then you have a more serious problem. You will have to call a professional plumber. Hopefully it will not be too bad or too expensive.

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If you are completely new to the world of plumbing, then you are probably thinking that some tips on plumbing will help you immensely so that you can begin maintaining your own at home. Listed below are some tips to get you started with your home plumbing maintenance and repair.

Old Noisy  Pipes

If your pipes bang when you turn on the water, and all the pipes are anchored correctly, you should add some straps or cushion the pipes with a rubber blanket. There may be times when you will need to do both. Make sure that if you have copper pipes, you are not using galvanized straps.

Clogged Drains

The next time you have a clogged drain, avoid the simple solution of dumping drain-clearing chemicals into the pipes. While this method involves the least amount of effort, the chemicals in these liquid cleaners are destructive to your piping. Instead, consider using a little bit of elbow grease with a plunger, snake, or other device designed to clear your clog without chemicals.

Overflow Clogging

Be sure that the overflow holes don’t clog up. Overflow holes exist to act as a double check in case of an overfilling sink. That may seem unimportant – but it will become a problem if they are clogged. Make sure to clean out the overflow holes each time you do maintenance checks on your sinks.

Dishwasher Water Blockage

If water is not coming to the dishwasher, you most likely have a blockage somewhere. You will need to turn off the water supply and remove the hose that leads to the dishwasher. After securing the hose, turn the water back on. See if it feeds into a bowl. If not, then you must find the block where it is at which may include removing more piping.

Kitchen Drain Clogs

If you want to keep your kitchen drains from clogging up, don’t pour grease down the drain. As it cools and congeals it can trap other food or waste particles, which over time can slow the draining of water and even form a clog that will not be easy to remove.

Pipe Freezing Prevention

In the winter months, if you live somewhere where temperatures fall below freezing, leave your faucets on a little bit to let a thin stream of water through. This will help prevent the pipes from freezing, which could be a major problem for you and all the pipes in your home.

Tips

As you can see from the above list of tips, maintaining and repairing your own plumbing can be very time and money-saving in the long run if you know what you are doing. After following these tips, you will no longer be new to plumbing, but if something in this area gets out of hand call for professional help. A good company for any kind of plumbing emergency is Pioneer Plumbing and Heating in Vancouver BC.  See contact details below the video

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