Whether you are an owner or renter, it will benefit you to learn a few helpful plumbing tips. Knowing these tips can help you avoid expensive plumbing problems and fix minor ones before they become more serious.
Minerals from your water can deposit inside shower heads and faucet aerators. These deposits can reduce water flow and even alter the path of the water. Any easy trick to remove built-up minerals is to soak faucet aerators and shower heads in vinegar. Allow them to soak for several hours to dissolve the mineral build-up. Gently scrub or wipe to help open the holes and then rinse with water.
Grease build-up inside pipes can cause major clogs. In order to prevent this build-up, pour kitchen grease and oil into an empty can and dispose in the garbage instead of pouring it down your drain. To help remove any existing accumulation, periodically pour a cup of baking soda and then a cup of vinegar into your drain. Chemical drain cleaners should be avoided if possible because they can damage some kinds of metal pipes and parts.
Another clog preventative is drain guards or strainers. Sink and tub drain guards collect hair and foreign objects before they enter the drain pipe. They need to be cleaned regularly, but keep a lot of clog inducing materials out of your pipes. Similarly, install a lint trap on your washing machine discharge hose.
Drain cleaners can damage garbage disposals and should be avoided. Instead, to keep your disposal clean and odorless, fill it with ice cubes and either rock salt or vinegar and run it for thirty seconds.
Leaking toilets and faucets waste a lot of water and money. You can do a visual check of faucets to check for drips. Make sure to check exterior faucets as well. To check your toilet for a leak, lift the lid off the toilet tank and add a little food coloring to the water in the tank. Wait half an hour and then check to see if any of the colored water in the tank has leaked into the bowl.
If you can’t find a leak but still suspect you have one, take a reading of your water meter just before leaving home for an extended period such as when you will be away for work. Make sure to choose a time when you know that nobody will be at home using water. Read the meter again when you return. If you get a different reading the second time, you probably do have a leak and may require a plumber’s assistance.
The life expectancy and efficiency of your water heater can both be improved by twice yearly draining sediment out of your water heater. Plan ahead with this project because you will be draining scalding water. Pets and children should be prevented from entering the work area as well as the water discharge area. Because draining instructions differ between gas and electric models, be sure to read the instructions particular to your water heater.
Plumbing emergencies can cause a lot of damage very quickly. To help minimize damage, ensure that each member of your household knows how to locate and operate the main water shut-off as well as the shut-offs for sinks, toilets, showers, tubs, and washing machines. Have a plumbing service Toronto issue? Then get quality plumbing service from a leading plumber Toronto in Misterplumber.ca. Providing plumbing repairs in Toronto, Scarborough & Mississauga.