Help at Home With The Plumbing

This is a good resource about plumbing tips around the house. We have collected a few details and figured out some guidance tips you might find helpful.

During the summer, you might find a bird a nest around your down pipe off the gutters. It is important to clear these out, as they can have an impact on the flow of water off the roof when it rains. Poor drainage can lead to pooling at the foundation. Not good for your basement walls!

Winter Tips

If you have exposed pipes under the house they need to be insulated somehow.  If one of your pipes freeze call a plumbing company right away unless you have a way to thaw it out. You could use a hair dryer on the pipe to help the ice melt, but never use a blow torch because that is method too dangerous.

Looking For A Plumber

Call a local plumber or two before choosing one. Plumbing prices are not uniform so calling around will give you a better idea of what to expect. Call two or 3 companies to see exactly what their prices are like. This can be difficult if you have a major plumbing issue that you need fixed right now, but could save you cash in the end. One word of advice here. Don’t go with the lowest price just because it sounds good. Low ball pricing is commonly practiced by scam artists. If you get one of those guys to do the work, you are just asking for trouble.

In The Kitchen

Do not put stringy or fibrous items into your garbage disposal. Things like banana peels, gristle, or celery might not totally break down in the disposal, and may obstruct your pipes instead of flowing out of the waste lines like they are supposed to. When in doubt, do not try to dispose of something that may not break down entirely. Clogged pipes are expensive to fix. If your sink sprayer hose is tough to pull out, it might be caught on something beneath the sink. Keep obstructions away from where the hose moves.

Keeping Drains Clear

Avoid using harsh chemicals to clear blocked drains by buying a house hold auger. A drain auger is a one-time purchase as opposed to buying a new bottle of drain-o every time a drain is clogged. This is practical if you are dealing with clogged drains frequently, such as hair in the show drain or when the  kids drop things down the toilet.

Drain cleaning chemicals may seem like a good way to remove build up in your drains however they ought to be used sparingly. Most of them contain corrosive chemicals that are harmful to your pipes and might trigger more damage than they are worth. Replacing pipes is a costly things to do. Using a plumbing snake is a much better way to handle clogged drains

In conclusion, it is good to know a few ways to look after your own plumbing, but it is also important that you get your information from a reliable source. Use our suggestions as a place to start for the simple stuff, but if something comes up that makes you shake your head then its probably time to call a professional plumber.