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  1. 1. Clogged Drains Got You Down? Get Assist with All Your Plumbing Needs Right here! You are about to enter the wonderful world of plumbing! Plumbing covers a wide range of issues as well as solutions and tools. Plumbing is a matter of personal preferences and abilities, so it is not always easy to find what works for you. This article will provide you with the information you need to get started on your own plumbing projects. As the weather begins to get cold, attend to all of your exposed pipes by adding insulation to them. Pay particular attention to pipes located in crawl spaces and the outside walls of your residence. Taking this step will help ensure that your pipes continue to function throughout the winter. 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. You should make sure not to put oils down the drain, such as grease and fat. These substances will create clogs after cooling in your drain. They'll also muck up your garbage disposal and cause it to be less efficient. Dump your oil outside or in a container that you throw out with the regular trash. Get the appropriate tools, and know exactly how to use them before you start working on your plumbing. Make sure you read all the directions and manuals, while also taking advantage of online resources and the library to help you with your projects. Before attempting any repairs, plan ahead, or you may make a costly mistake. Unclog drains with ease. Try using a plunger and drain cleaner, as your clog may simply be a build- up of hair and debris. If this doesn't work you may have to clear the drain with a snake. Feed the snake into the drain line as far as it will go. Turn the crank gently, which will help to loosen the clog. Remove the snake, and run water down the drain to see if the clog has been removed. You may have to use the snake a couple of times, before the clog is cleared so don't give up! You can remove unsightly mineral buildup from your shower head by soaking it in vinegar overnight. This loosens the deposits, and in the morning you only need to wipe off the residue with a rag. If your shower head is high up an not removable, place vinegar in a plastic bag, slip the bag over the shower head and hold in place with a twist tie. Is your toilet leaking? Find out by putting some food color in the tank and then check the bowl later.
  2. 2. If there is colored water in the bowl, the toilet has an internal leak. To fix an internal leak you can simply replace the tank's ball or flapper. For people who live in an apartment complex, plumbing is often forgotten about. The first time they move into a home they are unable to resolve any minor plumbing problems, because they have never dealt with this kind of thing. It is good to get a basic understanding when moving into your first house. If the pipes have burst in an upstairs area, use a tool to http://energy.gov/energysaver/articles/storage-water-heaters perforate the ceiling underneath in several places and places pots and pans under to catch the water. If this is not done, the weight of the accumulating water could cause a collapse of the entire ceiling. If grout has gotten stuck in the line, trying to clean it out yourself is https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0B7aSgncufFImfjhUZ2dacmJhMUVsMk9MV3hRWFZZN2Z2N m9Ka2VaWHhlS2czNXlDZDJaaU0?tab=mo probably not the best idea. You can break the grout up and make it go further down the line. This works best if your pipes are plastic rather than metal. However, you may never be fully rid of the grout without the assistance of a professional. Call different plumbers before choosing one. Plumbing prices among professionals are not uniform. Before you hire someone to fix a major problem, call two or three other plumbers to see what their prices are like. This can be difficult if you have a major plumbing problem that you need solved right away, but will save you money in the end. If you find that your pipes have frozen during the cold winter months open all the faucets in your home. This lowers the water pressure for when the pipes thaw and the water is freely flowing again. Make sure to open all the faucets not just those that are frequently used. If the pipes have burst in an upstairs area, use a tool to perforate the ceiling underneath in several places and places pots and pans under to catch the water. If this is not done, the weight of the accumulating water could cause a collapse of the entire ceiling. You have to always be aware of where the primary water shut off valve is in your home. It is likely very close to your water meter. Toilets, sinks and other fixtures could have their own valves that cut off. Make sure the entire family is familiar with these valves, and mark the shut-off position for ease of use.
  3. 3. Plumbing should only be done by professionals if there is a major problem or if you do not understand plumbing. Many of the big problems that plumbers deal with, actually have simple solutions. The average person, who does not understand the intricacies of plumbing, usually end up compounding the problem by causing other costly damage to the house during the failed repair. The plumber will need to be called in the end, anyway. When facing temperatures below freezing in the winter it is important to leave the hot water dripping. This makes sure that the pipes don't freeze over and saves you the expensive repair of fixing and or entirely replacing a broken pipe. The slight cost of dripping hot water is well worth saving you from that large expense of replacing a broken pipe. Check for calcium and mineral deposits by turning on both the kitchen sink and the bathtub. If the volume of water is low, it may be time for you to replace pipes due to deposits of calcium and other minerals. Check the water pressure and consider calling a professional to handle the entire job. Certain foods should not be put into the disposal as they are likely to damage the blades. These include banana, chicken skin, gourds and carrots. Put materials like this in the trash before putting other foods in the garbage disposal. To summarize, you want to know that you are taking care of your plumbing job just the same as a professional would, but without the additional costs they would inflict upon you. Hopefully, this article was informative enough for you to tackle any plumbing issue that might come your way.