We all know how plumbing problems can make your life a complete disaster! Water leaks, pipes bursting, clogs…all of these can cause a huge headache and, to be honest, quite a bit of damage in your home. It is always best to prevent any problems from happening, so we will try to give you some useful and effective tips and tricks on how to prevent any potential plumbing problems, or fix the already existing ones. Here, we’ll present you with some handy tricks, so read carefully.
Water leaks and sprays
Frankly, leaking pipes and water sprays are probably the worst because you, and everything around you, will get wet. Fortunately, there are some quite convenient tricks you can use to stop or minimize the damage. For instance, you can use a Teflon tape to connect your pipes. Wrap the Teflon tape clockwise around the pipe joints. For extra caution, you can add some joint compound around the pipe after you apply the tape. Water sprays are also very unpleasant and the foam pipe insulation is probably the best way to go to prevent this issue. This is a multi purpose tip too because foam isolation can also prevent pipes from freezing.
You are home alone, it’s late and you don’t have any unclogging chemicals at home? No problem, there is a DIY way to unclog your sink or shower with some items everyone has in their kitchen. The ingredients you will need are baking soda, white vinegar, salt and some boiling water. First, you need to mix salt and baking soda in one bowl, and pour the mixture down the drain, after you remove the sink drain cap. Afterwards, pour the warm vinegar and let it rest for a couple of minutes. In the end, pour boiling water. This is a cheap, fast and easy way to unclog your pipes. However, if you are not able to unclog the sink on your own, we definitely recommend hiring a professional. Back in the day, when we lived in Australia, we hired a reliable plumber from the North Shore to help us out. Everybody needs professional help from time to time, and there’s nothing wrong with that.
There are certain items you simply must have in your home, in case of any plumbing emergencies. Tool caddies are simply awesome for storing everything you need. Wrenches and plungers are a necessity, and you will need a pair of joint pliers as well. A screwdriver is also something you might find quite useful. You will also need some duct tape, Teflon tape, and heavy-duty papers. Place all of these carefully inside your tool caddy and make sure you always have an empty bucket, because,in case of leaks, the bucket will be the one to catch all the water.
It’s very important to know these tips, because you never know what situation you will find yourself in. Always make sure to keep cooking oil and grease away from your sink, because they can unquestionably make huge problems in your pipes. Also, keep in mind that you’ll have to act fast when it comes to any plumbing issue. If you see any spots or wet circles on your walls or under your sink, try to tackle the problem as soon as possible.
If you ignore some obvious signs of plumbing problems, it may cause larger damage and increase your plumbing costs a lot. You know what they say - prevention is most definitely better than cure.
Derek Lotts is an Advisory Editor at Smooth Decorator and writes about décor, gardening, recycling, ecology and everything related to home improvement. He thinks all of these topics fall under the self-improvement category. He believes in the power of sharing ideas and communicating via the internet to achieve betterment.