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Top 14 Plumbing Tips Everyone Needs to Know

A lot of us don’t pay much attention to plumbing. There’s not much time spent thinking about it, and it’s a great deal of work to maintain it. The moment it breaks down suddenly, or if a problem occurs, we’re back in the dark!

The experience of dealing with plumbing problems is not very enjoyable. That’s why we have included these plumbing tips in this blog post that will help you know what to do to avoid the kinds of issues that are aggravating you.

1. Please do not put grease or oil in the drain

When people refer to the process of prepping food by ‘grease coating’ or filling it up, they refer to ‘cleaning up the grease afterward.’ This same problem occurs when oil or grease is dumped down the dish drain.

As grease and oil build up, they will eventually become problematic. It will not be apparent at first–you’ll believe it is nothing to worry about, and that as a liquid, nothing should be wrong. Little by little, however, this grease and oil will build up in your pipes and lead to serious problems in your plumbing.

Do not pour that cooking liquid down the drain, but instead use a disposal option that is safer and less likely to damage your pipes. Compostable fat, for example, should be allowed to solidify before it is discarded.

2. Don’t flush anything in your toilet

It is right and proper to flush some things, and it is wrong not to flush other things. We are pretty sure you understand what we are trying to say. If you throw things down the toilet in addition to toilet paper and bodily waste, you could cause some serious clogs that you don’t want to have to deal with. Among those things are hygiene products, cotton balls, prescription medications, and unfortunately, even unfortunate fish.

Some additional causes may be involved in your toilet clogging up more frequently; you should consult a toilet technician if you suspect any of the following.

3. Make sure you know where your main water valve is located

There’s not much of an emphasis on the plumbing during school, but it’s important to know how to locate the main water shutoff valve and what to do in the event of an emergency. It’s better you can learn more about your company.

We will be able to contain damage to your main water valve if, knock on wood, your pipes burst, by turning it off until we can help you. If you aren’t sure where it can be found, you have to do a lot of scrambling, while your home is suffering from significant water damage.

4. Be aware of where shut-off valves are located

Be sure to locate the main shutoff valve and drain before moving to a new home (the valve may be outside the house in some cases). Besides, if you need to conduct periodic cleanouts, you should also become more familiar with access points for sewer lines. The shut-off valve may be present in apartments, as well as condos, at different locations.

5. Pipes should not be punctured

If you plan to drill holes in your walls, floors, or ceiling, will you use nails or glue? It is important to check for supply or drainage pipes behind your work area since you do not want to cause a puncture by accident. The use of an inexpensive stud finder may reveal hidden pipes. As an alternative, you could use an endoscopic camera that would be snared into the walls.

6. Ensure your main drainage line is accessible

It is important to keep your main sewer drain free and clear even though it is normally out of sight. We must be able to work quickly and efficiently in case of a blockage of a sewer line. Access points to drains should be kept uncovered and easy to access, meaning there shouldn’t be any rugs or carpeting to obstruct the way. Likewise, there shouldn’t be any old children’s toys to contend with either.

7.Make sure your garbage doesn’t go down the drain.

Whenever possible, do not put grounds from coffee, food debris, bacon grease, vegetable peelings, and starchy foods like rice or potatoes down the kitchen drain, as they are likely to clog the pipes. It’s also wise to read the manufacturer’s manual to determine exactly what the garbage disposal is capable of handling.

8.Your fixtures may require separate shutoff valves.

There will be a time when your plumbing will need to be fixed; this is inevitable. The thought of shutting off your water so someone can come and do the work is most likely something you are dreading. We can do something about that. It will be easier to solve the problem of all water or no water by installing separate shutoffs on your fixtures, that way you can turn off the water to different parts of the house as needed. Therefore, if your bathroom is not working properly, you can still use the kitchen sink.

9.Make sure there are no leaks at all times.

Every plumbing job requires you to check for leaks by running water through the system. Once this is done, you should open all valves and drains. Even professional plumbers have occasionally missed a small leak and had to reseal the connections.

10. Replacement of a Hot Water Tank

It may look like a weekend project to install or replace a water heater, but carrying out work involving 240 volts of electricity or gas lines could cause a leak and is not a job for an inexperienced DIYer. A licensed plumber is required to do this DIY home improvement because of permits, code requirements, safety regulations, and potential risks—such as potentially harmful carbon monoxide emissions.

11. Your showerhead may have an issue

Another simple way to fix a leaky shower head is to use Thread tape. Most likely, the threads weren’t connected tightly, meaning the leak means the threads weren’t attached tightly. Apply new tape around the showerhead in a clockwise direction, then screw it into place. This should stop the drip.

You should soak the showerhead in a bowl that has warm water and vinegar for at least one hour if the showerhead is clogged. Loosen mineral deposits on the outside of any spray bottles by brushing them off. 

12. Invest in Thread Tape instead of Thread Sealing Compounds

“Pipe dope” is a liquid thread sealing compound that can drip and smear. Thread tape works just as well, if not better than pipe threads in DIY projects around the house. There are multipurpose tapes in the market that are usually white. Thicker tape is usually yellow for gas or pink for water. If you need to handle it more easily, choose a thicker option.

Roll anticlockwise around the threads when you wrap the tape. Are you looking for a tight space where you cannot fit the roll? Apply from a cheap pen wrapped in a few turns of tape. The best results can be achieved by rotating about three times around the threads on the pipe.

13. Waterpipe fittings can be loosened with heat

Do you constantly run into trouble with that nasty trap under the sink or a fitting under the faucet, no matter how much you try with a pipe wrench? With brute strength, it is impossible to find a way to move a fitting with hardened fittings.

It might be possible to loosen old, solid pipe dope by applying heat. An inexpensive torch with a proper gasket would do the job, but the heat has to be applied for quite a while before much progress is made. Keep nearby walls protected by fire-resistant materials.

14. Improve the usage of your water hitter

Heating water on metal pipes is the only place where you need to do it safely. Always heat it on top of metal or plastic pipes and fittings, but never on gas pipes or next to them.

Check your water heater’s thermostat to make sure it’s not programmed too high. Even if you lower the thermostat to 115 degrees, you should still have enough hot water for your needs. The water heater’s tank should be insulated as well. You won’t need to cover the thermostat when the water stays hot longer this way. Utility companies provide simple to install insulating blankets that are free or inexpensive.