Helpful Tips from an Orange County Plumber
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- A lot of people think plumbing is something best left to the professionals. We love our customers and are always looking for ways to help them save some money - With the right approach and information, it will be easy to do the work yourself. This article is packed with plumbing tips to help you finish any plumbing project you begin.
- Avoid using any tablets that are meant to reduce odor in and around your toilet. These products will reduce the smell, but they will also cause problems with the rubber gaskets. Over time, the damage will accumulate and could eventually stop the toilet from functioning at all.
- Make sure all of your loved ones know how they can shut off your home's water, and also all the various connections in your house, just in case it is needed. Every person should know how to turn off the water to the house to prevent flooding. They will be able to stop the water from flowing if they know how to shut it off.
- If you have noisy pipes that sound like hammering or squeaking, this is something that is easy to fix. Exposed pipes need to be anchored. If pipes are located in the floors, ceiling or walls, a professional might be needed for the job.
- You can avoid unnecessarily heating your water by buying a new, tankless water heater. These heaters only heat water when it is needed, so they do not store any water the way a regular heater does. If you just heat water on demand, it can greatly save you in heating costs!
- Try to never pour grease, fat, or any oil-based liquids into your drains. When they cool down, they get hard and that will cause clogs in your sink drains. A garbage disposal can even become clogged by hardened grease and it will not run at optimum speed and efficiency. See to it that you dispose the oils away from your sink.
- If you want avoid future issues with your toilet, don't treat it like a trash can. Don't flush anything that is unlikely to dissolve and wind up clogging pipes, such as diapers, tissues, paper towels and cotton balls. Don't flush massive amounts of toilet paper at once, either. Most of the time, you shouldn't need a lot of toilet paper to clean yourself; don't use more than necessary. If you have an emergency that requires a lot of cleaning, flush toilet paper a little bit at a time instead of all at once.
- If your washing machine drain overflows, try using a run of the mill pipe snake in it. Sometimes lint can clog your drain stack, causing it to get backed up and overflow.
- If a plunger is ineffective, you might be able to do the trick with a bucket of warm water. Do this every time the water level gets too low.
- When you replace a water heater, be sure to reconnect the secondary pipe that sticks out from the drain pipe, if one is there. It is most likely a recirculation pipe, which really goes a long way to help your water stay heated without wasting as much water in the process.
- Make sure your connection is very tight, by using the kind sealant that is specific to galvanized steel or threaded plastics. You can easily find these products in home improvement stores.
- Your choice of cleaners should be something non-abrasive when washing out a fiberglass sink, such as normal dish-washing liquid that you likely use in the kitchen. These cleaners are better for your pipes, because they don't have harsh chemicals like other drain cleaners do.
*Based on studies conducted by independent laboratories of Chem-Dry’s HCE (Hot Carbonating Extraction), P.U.R.T. (Pet Urine Removal Treatment), Granite Countertop Renewal, and Tile, Stone & Grout cleaning processes. Allergens tested were dog and cat dander and dust mite allergen. Pet odor results based on testing with the most common odor sources found in dog and cat urine. Pet urine bacteria results based on Chem-Dry’s HCE cleaning process and a sanitizer, combined with P.U.R.T. All bacteria results include use of sanitizer. Figures are an average across multiple tests.