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The Handiest DIY Plumbing Maintenance Tips

Plumbing is our daily necessity! Today, you get plenty of warm and cold water for cooking, cleaning, doing your laundry thanks to the various stages plumbing has undergone to get to the current point.

Of course, the principles behind plumbing are pretty simple – a connection of pressure and valves designed and engineered to work in unison delivers water to your home

However, if this connection fails, you will understand why it is important to learn basic DIY plumbing maintenance tips.

Your knowledge of plumbing does not have to match your professional plumber’s. Still, you need to know a couple of the basics, otherwise you will end up spending a fortune calling in your plumber every time there is a small problem. Learning how to spot small problems with your plumbing will not only save you money, it will also prevent the problems from blowing up into major issues.

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Update your knowledge with the following handy DIY plumbing maintenance tips:

  1. Be Vigilant

Whether you are a homeowner or a tenant, it is imperative that you remain vigilant at all times. Plumbing is pretty sensitive. This is why small leaks might end up causing great havoc to your home (and bank account). Therefore, you should always be on the lookout. In case you notice any sign of a potential plumbing failure, try to correct it immediately. Common sources of problems include damp cabinets, rocking toilets, dripping refrigerators, and leaking faucets.

  1. Act Fast

You also need to deal with all problems as soon as you notice them. For instance, although you might not be bothered by that leaking faucet, it will release moisture that will wear your sink fixtures and encourage the growth of mildew and mold. Therefore, you need to act fast and repair the problems before they develop into more serious plumbing issues.

  1. Understand Your Options

When the plumbing problem gets out of hand, you need to know what to do so that it does not cause further damage. For instance, plumbing failure can be prevented from destroying your home and valuables if you know how to act. Simply turn the main shut-off valve to the piping providing you with water. In case this valve is hard to reach, hidden or in a dark location, use tools to quickly turn it off. Remember, nothing is quite as infuriating as watching your carpeting absorb water just because you cannot locate the main water valve in your house.

In the same way, you should find out more about the shut-off valves for your appliances. Should they start leaking, you will then be able to shut off the water in your washing machines, fridge icemaker, toilets and sinks. Similarly, look for the main sewer valve for your home. These valves lead to the sewer lines, and you might need to open them to correct clogging when it occurs.

  1. Learn Basic Plumbing>

Perhaps the most important of all DIY plumbing maintenance tips is that you need to learn and understand basic plumbing. With a little knowledge and a couple of handy tools, you should be able to tackle small, manageable plumbing emergencies.

To this end, your tool kit should have a sewer snake, a pipe wrench, and a plumber. Without these tools, you won’t be able to deal with dripping faucets, stuck valves, blocked toilets and clogged drains. Improve your understanding of plumbing by taking classes, reading How-to articles and books and asking for advice at home improvement stores.

  1. Protect Your Plumbing

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In winter, most of the pipes in your plumbing system will freeze over and form a potential source of household emergencies. The frozen water might expand, crack the pipes and cause a flood once the weather warms up. The following DIY plumbing maintenance tips will help you protect your pipes:

a) Insulate

The best way to prevent your pipes from freezing is by insulating them. Use plastic insulation to cover over exposed pipes in the garage and all crawl spaces. You should also apply insulating caps on all your outdoor fixtures and exterior pipes. Similarly, if you have an automatic sprinkler system, clear all water using compressed air before winter approaches.

b) Check Everything

Before autumn turns into winter, check that everything is in order. Open all the cabinets under bathroom fixtures and sinks. The warm air will prevent these pipes from freezing. Similarly, leaving your taps opened to a trickle will help with the water flow and prevent frozen blockage.

c) Deal with Frozen Pipes

Even with the right precautions, your pipes might still freeze over. To deal with this problem, turn off the water supply, open one of the faucets close to the blockage. Then, warm the frozen pipe with a hair dryer (and not an open flame). With time, the water will trickle out.

Over and above everything, if you were not able to deal with the plumbing problem as prescribed by these handy DIY plumbing maintenance tips, get in touch with a licensed plumber in your area. They will know what to do.