Ready to do your own plumbing work?
Great, time to get started! Wait, how do you do your own plumbing and how do you get started? Never fear, here are some home plumbing tips! This collection of tips should provide you with just the right amount of knowledge and inspiration to do your own simple plumbing repairs.
Common Toilet related plumbing problems
Make sure your toilet is not leaking. A great way to do to this is to drop a couple of drops of any color food coloring into your toilet tank. Watch the bowl, and if you see colored water entering the toilet bowl within a few seconds, you know that you have a problem with your toilet leaking and that it will need to be handled soon.
Having to wiggle the toilet handle or hold it down to get your toilet to fully flush indicates that the parts of the toilet that are within the tank itself are needing to be replaced. Kits that include all of the parts needed can be purchased in any hardware or home improvement store and come with simple to follow instructions so that you can easily do the plumbing repair yourself.
When winterizing your home plumbing be sure to release the water pressure.
Often times people only close the shut off valves. This does not prevent your pipes from freezing. You must make sure the water is completely cleared out of the pipes or the pipes could freeze and burst, leaking water into your home.
Fixing plumbing disasters
If a pipe bursts and water is flooding into your home, immediately switch off the main electrical power. If water comes into contact with any electrical components, it can quickly become a dangerous and even fatal situation. Once the power is off, then deal with the flooding water. Put your own and your family’s personal safety first, and show each member of the family how to shut off the power in case of an emergency.
When the temperatures drop below freezing, take the time to protect exposed pipes from the weather by adding a source of insulation or heat near the pipes, such as heated pipe tape. Ranging from electrical tape applied directly to the pipes to small space heaters placed near indoor exposed pipes, keeping the temperature above freezing can prevent costly repairs caused by frozen pipes. There are a variety of options available to you at your local home improvement or hardware store. Do not use indoor heaters to heat outside pipes!
If you’re connecting a new gas appliance in your home, you absolutely must have the right connector to add it to your gas line. Universal connection kits are readily available at home improvement stores which will make the connection between your flexible hose and the iron supply pipe tight and safe. Also always use new gas pipe when installing new appliances, or when existing appliances have been moved more than a few inches. Over extending your gas line, can cause it to crack and leak, which can in turn lead to a gas explosion.
Now that you are aware of the dangers of older style plumbing in some homes, you will be able to avoid making costly plumbing mistakes in the future. Always get the plumbing inspected before purchasing a property if you are in any doubt as to the state of it. Dont forget that in the case of Gas, the gas company will do a free safety inspection for you. If you smell gas, ventilate the area and call the gas company!