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1. Advice To Make Your Plumbing Task Run Smoother Did you know that you can use the same antifreeze that you use in your car…
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  • 1. Advice To Make Your Plumbing Task Run Smoother Did you know that you can use the same antifreeze that you use in your car http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/water-heaters/buying-guide.htm to help prevent your home plumbing from freezing? To find out how and why, as well as other great tips for how to maintain your home plumbing, read the following article right away. When choosing a plumber make sure he is insured and licensed. This is very important. If there is a plumbing emergency, you want to make sure the plumber has met the training requirements of the state. If he is insured, this covers any accidental damage done while fixing your plumbing. Do not fall for the idea that liquid grease can be easily washed down the drain with hot water. While the grease may flow past the initial drain with the water, it does not take much of a temperature change as it moves through your pipes to alter from liquid to solid. The repeat habit of dumping grease in the sink is a sure-fire way to ensure a hard-to-reach clog forming in the future. If you have issues with the plumbing making a hammering sound when you turn it off, check your water pressure. Any time your water pressure is above 80 PSI, you will hear extra water noise. This can be easily solved by the installation of a pressure-reducing valve, which can be done by most homeowners. Set the temperature on your hot water heater to a temperature that does not exceed 120 degrees. This helps to save energy and prevents the water from becoming too hot and potentially scalding someone in your household. Older models that do not have a temperature setting should be set on Medium. You need to make sure outside faucets are covered and not dripping as winter approaches. If there are problems, you must make the needed fixes prior to the arrival of freezing temperatures. Frozen water puts a lot of pressure on pipes and makes them crack, regardless of the material. Even the tiniest of cracks can release enough water to cause water damage or flooding to your home. Keep your bathtub in good shape by using a cup of baking soda and a cup of vinegar down its drain monthly. Plug up the drain and allow the chemical reaction to occur. Let it sit a few minutes, then wash it all away with boiling water. This process should open up the pipes water heater repair in by clearing out hair build-up and soap scum. If the water is not going into your dishwasher, the first thing you should do is shit off the water under the sink. Chances are that you have some kind of blockage, and keeping the water turned on could actually create a bigger problem. To fix the blockage, you may need to call a plumber. For people who live in an apartment complex, plumbing is often forgotten about. The first time they move into a home they are unable to resolve any minor plumbing problems, because they have never dealt with this kind of thing. It is good to get a basic understanding when moving into your first house. If you have problems with a slow drain, there are easier things you can do other than removing the pipes to clean it. There are certain tools made just for this purpose that you insert into the drain to
  • 2. loosen the clog so it washes away or grab it and remove it completely. If you are going on vacation, look for individual valves under each of your sinks. Turn off water for each appliance. If you live in an apartment building, you will not be able to shut off your system completely but will have to turn off individual valves to prevent any leak from ruining your apartment. During the winter months, your water heater works the hardest. To keep it in optimum condition, flush it out before winter arrives. Flushing the system helps remove the sediment buildup, which causes internal corrosion of your water heater, shortens its lifespan, and reduces heating efficiency. Connect a hose to the faucet near the bottom of the tank and drain several gallons by directing the water into a nearby drain. If you are going to update the plumbing in your house, one thing to consider is installing a new tank- less water heater. They are much smaller than traditional tank heaters, which is a space-saver. Tank- less water heaters are available in gas or electric, depending on what your house needs. When it comes to plumbing, there is never an unsolvable problem. If you feel yourself becoming frustrated with the project, you should try to take a break from what you are working on. The greatest mistakes start to happen when you become angry and inpatient, so take a break and walk outside. Plumbing choices can come in many ways. One decision you need to make as a homeowner is to purchase a tank-less water heater. One thing to remember if you are considering a tank-less heater. You will pay two to three times more than if you purchase a tank heater. If you are purchasing plumbing fixtures, think about selecting brass ones. The durability of brass
  • 3. fixtures means that they will remain in good condition for many years. Brass is also more visually appealing than some of the alternate metals. You can find these fixture in most hardware stores. Check for leaks behind the wall tile in your bathroom, especially any tile surrounding your bathtub, by gently pressing each tile and feeling for some give. If you find any mushy or soft spots, you will need to find the source of the leak and repair it to prevent further damage. Check for calcium and mineral deposits by turning on both the kitchen sink and the bathtub. If the volume of water is low, it may be time for you to replace pipes due to deposits of calcium and other minerals. Check the water pressure and consider calling a professional to handle the entire job. Certain foods should not be put into the disposal as they are likely to damage the blades. These include banana, chicken skin, gourds and carrots. Put materials like this in the trash before putting other foods in the garbage disposal. In conclusion, you want to be sure that all of the advice you have heard about plumbing is correct. Take the time to go back over this article and decide what applies to you and what you need to learn even more about. The learning process never stops and it will benefit you greatly.
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