Taking the time to learn the skills necessary to complete a few plumbing tasks can be extremely rewarding. 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. That’s quite admirable. As with any other learned skill, you can augment and enhance your knowledge over time. Below are some tips to help.
Check the filters in your furnace, regularly. If these filters have not been cleaned or replaced recently, they may become clogged. This will affect how well your furnace is able to work, meaning that you may not have enough heat during the winter. Take this simple step, as soon as the weather starts to become cold.
Before starting any plumbing project on your own be sure to do a great deal of research. There are many resources available to assist you in understanding your plumbing system and help you to avoid many common mistakes made by do-it-yourself novices. Reading about other people’s mistakes can make the difference of saving or losing money.
Roots from a tree in your back yard can be a real headache when it comes to plumbing. Make sure if you have a big tree or bush or some kind of plant with a big root system, that you ask your plumbing company about root killing agents. You can flush these down your toilet and kill any roots that may be blocking your pipes and save yourself a lot of money by stopping a back up before it happens.
Do not put cooking oils, fat, or grease, down your drain. These fats cause clogs by solidifying in pipes. To properly dispose of fats, put them in a bowl with a lid that you can dispose of. Once it gets hard, throw it in the trash or compost bin.
Check your gas water heater periodically to make sure the pilot flame is lit. The correct color for this flame should be blue. The tip of the flame should be yellow. If you find that you are only seeing a yellow flame, you may need to call a professional for safety reasons.
Don’t skimp on quality when it’s time to replace that shower head. Avoid the temptation to purchase an inferior quality head for your shower. However, cheap parts don’t work as well and break down more quickly.
Make sure that your tool box is ready for any project you are preparing to do. The last thing you want is to be knee deep in a job only to find that you are missing the one tool you need to finish. Be sure to have various sizes of pipe wrenches that can be used to complete any job.
Now you have the necessary tools, the knowledge and skill set needed to apply to your own plumbing system. With the right tools, you will be able to save money and get the job done sooner. These tips and other online resources are available to help you fix almost any plumbing problem. When you never stop learning new skills, you never stop improving. You might have found a great idea or a new “regular” when it comes to your plumbing jobs.