A survey done in 2019, by the “household quotes” in 2019 found out that the plumbers’ average hourly rate in the UK is £40 to £60. A huge chunk of plumbing jobs in the UK have to do with water leaks. Needless to say, the majority of homeowners do not have basics plumbing skills. Any attempt to repair plumbing problems in their homes end up in worse situations. Learning a few basic plumbing tips is a great way to help save you money and time.
The first rule in plumbing is this; you should never ignore any leakage in your property however minimal it seems. Water leakages can lead to minor or major destruction in your home. Leakages will lead to stained and warped walls, black molds and the water quality you receive may be destroyed. They may also lead to very severe flooding of your home which results to a myriad of problems.
It’s important to also understand the causes of leakages in pipes:
- Water flowing with high pressure could cause damage of your pipes through wear, tear or even bursting of the pipes. Sudden direction change of water flow may also cause leaks as the pipes may not bear the pressure.
- Some pipes may corrode after some time due to the material used in producing them. Copper and some steel pipes are at a risk of rusting after a long period of water running through them.
- Pipes can easily crack due to freezing or hot weather. These weather variations could lead to cracking of the pipes which cause leakages.
- Tree roots may penetrate in tiny pipe cracks while sourcing for water. These tiny cracks will expand as the roots grow and this may cause severe leakages.
In this article, we will be helping you in learning some very simple DIY plumbing tips you can use the next time you have a leak in your residence.
Below is a list of 10 DIY plumbing tips:
1. Locate the shut-off valves and main lines for your house
When moving into a new home, you need to identify the location of the shut-off valves. Shut-off valves are mostly placed outside most houses. In case of major leakages like the bursting of a pipe, you can turn off to save water. It’s also important to locate the shut- off valves as you should turn off the valves when repairing or replacing any pipes. It ensures zero water wastage and cost reduction.
Ensure you are well acquainted with the house’s main water inlet line and sewer line. Frequently clean the water and sewer lines to avoid blockages and clogging.
2. Avoid flushing items that could clog the toilets’ system
You should always be keen on the trash that you flash in your toilet. Some trash like feminine products, paper towels and baby wipes when flashed could lead to clogging. These items when flushed block the toilets’ drainage which could be very cumbersome to unblock.
3. Avoid dumping garbage down your drain
Some people dump food debris, vegetable peelings, coffee ground, starchy foods like potatoes and rice down their kitchen drains. This garbage will definitely cause clogging of the pipes over a period. To prevent clogging avoid dumping this garbage down your drain; ensure you are also conversant with garbage disposal for your kitchen.
4. Purchase a quality plunger
Plungers are very useful in unblocking minor clogs in your sinks or drains. They are very easy to use and require very little effort. Ensure you purchase a quality plunger for effective cleaning sink traps. A plunger will make your work less wet and messy.
5. Use of a vacuum
The vacuum comes in handy when dislodging hard and small objects like toothbrushes, combs and children toys. If you use a plunger it’s more likely going to push the objects deeper into the drain which would make it totally difficult to dislodge.
6. Avoid accidentally puncturing your pipes
Accidental puncturing of pipes can cause massive leakages and loses. Ensure you locate all drainage or supply pipes before the drilling of holes or pounding nails into your floors, walls or ceilings. A stud finder is an inexpensive and efficient tool that one can use in locating any drainage behind walls or floors. An endoscopic camera can also be put in your walls to help you in avoiding the puncturing of pipes.
7. Never ignore any leakage in your pipes
Leaky faucets waste water approximately 8 gallons in a single day while a faulty toilet could waste approximately 200gallons of water. Fix any small leak as soon as you discover them. A small leak may turn out to be a tremendous plumbing problem in a very short period. Bigger leaks are more expensive to repair and cause massive wastages.
8. Avoid over-tightening fittings
People who have minimal experience in plumbing mostly make the mistake of over-tightening the connection, and fittings when repairing. Over-tightening of fittings leads to stripped screws and broken bolts. A hand-tight connection is always considered the best.
9. Occasionally check for leaks
After any plumbing repairs ensure you check for any leaks. Open and close all drains and valves, and run water through the repaired system. In case of any leaks reseal them. This will assure you that the system is well repaired and working.
10.Purchase a plumbers tape
Plumbers tape or Teflon tape is very effective in the prevention of leaks around connections and fittings. Wrapping of the Teflon tape around your drainage threads at least three times before sealing prevents leakages along the joints.
Use of the above simple plumbing tips should help you in maintaining your pipes and ensuring they do not block. Following these tips will also ensure that you are able to repair your leakages while they are still very small and thus avoiding messy situations. In the event that you have a major leakage, or you are unsure of the remedy consider the help of a professional.
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