When you invest some time and learn how to work on your homes plumbing, it will really show. It will come across that you do care about the upkeep, and that you feel the need to make sure that everything is working properly all on your own. This is something that should be admired. Like any other skill, you can always build and improve. The following hints and tips can help you get started.
Place a strainer on top of every drain so that you collect all debris that has the ability to clog the drain. Whenever large particles become trapped in the strainer, remove them. Strainers placed in a bathtub can be cleaned periodically.
Keep the drain in your bathtub working well by pouring one cup baking soda into the drain quickly followed by about a cup of white vinegar. Use a plug or rag to cover the drain, because there will be a chemical reaction in the pipes. Allow some time to pass, then follow up by pouring down boiling hot water. This process should open up the pipes by clearing out hair build-up and soap scum.
To keep your garbage disposal working at its best, use plenty of cold water when you turn it on. Cold water keeps the blades sharpened, giving you optimal performance whenever it is used. Running hot water down the drain while you are using the garbage disposal can cause the drain to clog from any grease that is in there liquefying.
You can save a lot of money in your energy bills by putting in efficient shower heads. Most of the hot water we use is from showering. By installing an energy-efficient shower head that might cost a few dollars, you could save at least $100 a year per person who showers in your house.
If you are seeing water at the bottom of the dishwasher, most likely this is due to a faulty setup of the hose that leads from the kitchen sink. The hose at the kitchen sink going to the dishwasher should follow a specific uphill, then downhill pattern. This prevents unwanted mixing of water between the sink and dishwasher.
Make sure to clean out the dryers lint trap. This will help your dryer to work better and may also prevent fires. Inspect your lint trap often to see if there are any tears or holes. If there are, you can have lint getting into your pipes, and this will clog them and give you more problems that will have to be dealt with.
Cleaning the aerator will fix low water pressure issues that are caused from sediment buildup. You need to remove, disassemble, and clean the aerator with vinegar and a small brush. Rinse and reassemble the aerator, then reattach it to your faucet. By removing any grit, grime and debris from the aerator, the water pressure should significantly increase.
Now that you’ve read this article, you have some of the skills, information, and tools that you need to do great plumbing. Terrific! The tips above can add on to your plumbing techniques, since you’re never done improving or learning. Who knows? Maybe one of these tips will become your new favorite plumbing technique.