Plumbing problems can occur at any time of the day. And simple plumbing issues can easily turn into a massive problem within no time. From a broken pipe to a leakage in the sink, you cannot predict plumbing issues.
Besides yearly plumbing maintenance, here I present you the top 10 residential plumbing tricks and tips. While these plumbing tips & tricks do not free you from a dedicated plumbing maintenance, but you can avoid minor issues occurring due to your irresponsibility.
Replace Toilet Parts
You may not be able to repair the toilet yourself but changing the toilet flapper and faucet’s cartridge can increase the time span after when you call a plumber for repairs. Changing the toilet’s flapper will avoid the leakage between the toilet tank and bowl.
Clean Your Shower-Head Regularly
There is no need to call a plumber if you experience a leakage in the shower head. Simply open the shower head and apply the thread tape in the clockwise direction – it’s that simple. If the problem persists, check for any damages
Plunge water first before removing the trap
Before you remove a sink trap, give the drain a few plunges with a toilet plunger. This will push most of the water out of the trap, lessening the mess when pulling the trap off. If you have a double sink, be sure to plug the other drain to contain the air pressure. If the strainer isn’t a screw-down style, you’ll have to hold it down while you plunge the drain.
Use sewer Vacuum
Did your kid dropped his toy, comb, or toothbrush in the toilet? It happens all the time. Never make a mistake to drain the solid objects in the toilet as it can only worsen the problem. Contact an emergency plumber to use a dry/wet vacuum to suck out the item.
Avoid Flushable Wipes
The labeled “Flushable” baby wipes aren’t flushable at all. They are one of the main reasons for clogging pipes. Therefore, avoid flushing the so-called flushable wipes because they can’t make their way down the toilet. Yet toilet papers are the best.
Use Pipe Insulation to Prevent Damages
If you have uncovered pipes in the garden, garage, or kitchen, cover them with an insulation to prevent damages during construction, DIY tasks, and more. You can also tape the insulation to prevent spraying snarls.
Quite Pipe/Sink Sounds
If you are tired of loud sinks, try filling the gap between two adjacent sinks using expanding foam. The expanding foam reduces the vibrations – thus lessening the gong sound. It is recommended to do it before setting up the sink for a cleaner yet neater installation.
Use Heat for Losing Pipes
Some threaded connections seem impossible to open. Use heat to for losing pipes and open threaded connections. Heat the pipe for a few minutes and then open it with a wrench.
Stop Water Supply
In case of an emergency plumbing situation, the first thing you should do is stop the entire water supply. After stopping the supply, look out for the problem and call any local plumber near you.
Don’t Overtighten any Pipes
During any of your DIY plumbing procedures, do not overtight any pipe connections. Over tight connections are even worse than under tight connection. They can crack the threaded nuts, leak the pipe, and more.
Following these plumbing tips and tricks can save you both time and money during your next plumbing maintenance. In case of further questions or suggestions, feel free to leave a reply below.