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Plumbing Tips That Can Really Help The DIY Homeowner

by Harriet Bond
(San Francisco, CA, USA)

How about some tips regarding plumbing? This is something that you will always be able to use for the rest of your life. You owe it to yourself and your family to take a few minutes and read this article in order to get the best advice on plumbing:

* Speak to a professional before using harsh chemicals to unclog drains or a septic system. Some homes still have very old copper pipes that can be full of rust. While these pipes can still work efficiently, if they are clogged, it is best to use a gentle solution as those harsher chemicals can eat away at the pipe and cause severe issues.

* Keep an eye on the grout between tiles in your bathroom. Watch for cracks and areas where the grout seems to be falling out, and repair them immediately. Small grout crack issues can be easily repaired by pulling out the bad and putting in new grout. Allow any new grout to dry completely before exposing it to water.

* If the water pressure on your street exceeds 60 pounds, you many want to consider installing a pressure reducing valve. Too much water pressure is actually harmful to your plumbing system and could cause excess water pressure. A pressure reducing valve cuts down your water pressure by almost 50 percent.

* To avoid freezing pipes in the winter, make sure to insulate any exposed pipes in you basement before winter comes. Pay extra attention to pipes near the outside walls. If you have had a problem with any particular pipe freezing in the past, apply some heat tape to insulate those pipes.

* Beware of black water in your toilet tank. Chances are, the color is caused from too much magnesium or iron in your water. Although this is usually harmless, it can be annoying for some people. If it is iron or magnesium in your water, the only way to fix it is by filtering the water.

* Anchor down pipes if there are noises that are getting on your nerves. If your pipes are making those annoying squeaking and knocking noises, the best solution could be to anchor down your pipes. Make sure that you are checking the exposed pipes first then working your way into the home.

* Make sure you get a good recommendation or check the references before you hire a plumber. With good recommendations, it will assure that you are hiring an experienced plumber. If the experienced plumber is professional, he will have a fully stocked truck and be able to complete most small jobs in one visit.

* You should consider getting a stainless steel sink if you are in need of a new sink. Stainless steel sinks are much better than other ones for many reasons. They are more durable, they absorb shock, they are easier to clean, and they go with almost any decor.

* If the pipes have burst in an upstairs area, use a tool to perforate the ceiling underneath in several places and places pots and pans under to catch the water. If this is not done, the weight of the accumulating water could cause a collapse of the entire ceiling.

* Every now and then, you should pour a large bucket of water down your basement floor drain. This will help to keep the trap seal full and prevent certain gases from coming up into your home. Also, be sure that you have your floor drain checked by a professional every few years.

To summarize, you knew it would be a good idea to refresh yourself on a few plumbing tips or to get yourself a general background on it. There is a lot of advice available and hopefully you were able to find this article both informative and useful for your home.

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