It is always easier to say, I will fix it myself. The 6 tips below will guide you how to sort out the plumbing problems at home.
If you see that your own way is not going to work out, get the expert plumbers to assist you.
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1. Let a reputable local plumber do a thorough inspection
Unfortunately, there isn’t a simple DIY solution for every plumbing problem. To have a plumber that you know well on speed-dial will go a long way in making your life a lot easier should you happen to end up with a plumbing disaster.
2. Familiarize yourself with the water main
Put in simple terms – the ‘main’ we are referring to here is the first access point for water going into your house. You will normally find it near the hot-water heater. On the main, there is a shut-off valve (look for a lever or wheel). The function of this valve is to completely stop the flow of water into your home once you have closed it.
Should you gain the confidence to venture into a more serious plumbing project, or you are suddenly faced with a leak or a pipe that has burst – shutting off the main is your first step.
3. Find out how to clear any clogged drains
Every DIY Plumber faces a clogged drain some time or another. Just think about all the hair that is lost in showers and build up over time. Many people opt for a liquid drain cleaner with which to unclog the drain, but beware – this is a big mistake.
Simply because your plumbing infrastructure can be harmed by all the chemicals in the liquid drain cleaner. Should your sink or tub persist in backing up, it is far better to pull out any debris blocking the pipes with a ‘snake’ or a similar tool.
4. Monitor the water pressure
To monitor the water pressure is such a crucial part of healthy plumbing – you can compare it to us getting our vital signs checked out whenever we visit the doctor. To do so, invest in a good quality, easy-to-use pressure gauge at your local hardware store.
Many people choose to invest in a sensible home water monitoring system. This allows them to stay on top of the water pressure in real-time, track the water usage and detect any leaks in time.
5. Take good care of toilets in the home
Make sure that everyone in the house flush only toilet paper and their own waste and not things like paper towels, cotton swabs, baby wipes, and such as this can easily clog the toilet. If you don’t already have a plunger, be sure to pick one up from your local hardware store.
6. Protect pipes from the winter cold
A frozen pipe that bursts can lead to a major catastrophe. If it gets very cold in your area, do consider winterizing the pipes. How to do that, you may ask? By making sure that your house is properly insulated, and all fixtures and exterior pipes have some kind of cold weather protection.