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Plumbing Tips and Hints

Are you having emergency plumbing problems? Most plumbing problems can be solved by person who has basic plumbing knowledge. Below are some plumbing tips and hints that can assist you in solving some of the most common plumbing problems:


1. Keep all your plumbing flowing by maintaining a temperature that is above zero degrees centigrade (freezing point of water). You can do this by insulating any exposed pipes. If the temperature surrounding any of your pipes is below the freezing point of water, your pipes can freeze, and in the best case scenario, you will not have any water supply in part or the whole of your home until they thaw so that the water supply resumes. However, pipes that are frozen often burst, causing damage to your drainage and water supply lines of your home, and you may end up with a hefty repair bill.


2. Never pour fat, grease, or any oil based liquids into your drains. They will create clogs after they have cooled in your drain. Dispose of any fat or oil in garbage cans.


3. If the water being supplied to your home contains sediments, the sediments will usually buildup and this may lead to your home having low water pressure. You can solve this problem by thoroughly cleaning the aerator. Remove the aerator, disassemble it, and clean it with a brush and vinega. Rinse the aerator, reassemble and it again to the faucet. This should solve the low water pressure problem.


4. Position a strainer over your kitchen and bathtub drains, and clean the strainers regularly. This will prevent large food particles and hair from clogging your drains.


5. Repair any leaking taps, a dripping tap can waste up to fifteen gallons of water per day and this lead to a significant increase in your water bill. In the long run, investing in plumbing maintenance will save you money.


6. Flush your water heater twice every year to prevent any sediment from building up and this will also enable it to run at peak performance.


7. When working above a cistern, tank, bath or a sink, always keep the plug in the outlet or use something to cover it. Some of your tools such as screw drivers can easily fall down the outlet if you leave them open.


8. To prevent scalding as a result of fluctuation in the cold water flow, (this may for example, be caused by the shower and the toilet sharing the same cold water supply pipes and someone flushes the toilet when another person is using the shower), you should install a tempering valve. It is a temperature regulating valve that is fitted to the cold and hot water supply lines of your hot water system.


9. If you are fitting pipes and installing tanks cover the pipe ends with tape to prevent pieces of plastic and waste from entering into the pipes and tanks. The pieces and bits will block taps, and valves later on and this will cause a lot of problems in the water supply system and kitchen and bathroom drainage systems in your home.


10. When removing tap fittings for maintenance, use a thick cloth to protect them from the jaws of the wrench, which may otherwise scratch them.


11. In extremely cold weather, open valves to let your showers, and faucets drip slowly to prevent freezing that may end up causing bursting of pipes.