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Tips And Hints On Getting Rid Of A Clogged Drain

July 6, 2012 by  
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Plumbing tools can be a costly investment, but they are worth it if you want to save money in the long run. You can easily find videos on the Internet that walk you through basic plumbing repairs. By investing in just a few tools, you may not need to call in an expensive plumber for many of the minor issues your home may have.

If a water pipe freezes, you should turn the on tap that is nearest to the pipe to ensure the water has a place to get out when the pipe thaws out. Doing so provides pressure relief, and might spare you the damage of a burst pipe.

Use a cleaner that is enzyme based if you want to clean clogged pipes. This type of cleaner uses natural bacteria to transform sludge into liquid, that makes it disappear from the pipes. Cleaners containing enzymes are some of the best you can buy.

Check your faucets outside for dripping or leaking before winter arrives. If they are, you will need to make the necessary repairs before the freezing temperatures arrive. Regardless of whether you have steel, plastic or copper pipes, the water in them expands when it freezes and will make the pipes crack. Even tiny cracks can cause a lot of flood or water damage to your home.

Check for softness in your floor to determine flood damage. Do this by straddling the commode and rocking from side to side. You are looking for any feelings of weakness or softening of the floor itself. You can save money by noticing and treating this problem as early as possible.

To eliminate the possibility of having frozen pipes, maintain a constant temperature in your home above freezing, and be certain to adequately insulate those pipes that are out in the weather. The pipes will be able to freeze if the temperature surrounding the pipes drops below freezing. In the very least, you could lose running water inside while waiting for the pipes to unfreeze. However, they could burst, and that could make a mess and result in a big repair bill.

To stop major leaks before they happen, it is a good idea to maintain your pipes and faucets with regular checks. Even a tiny leak can waste huge amounts of water, so do regular inspections of the pipes under your sinks to catch leaks early. Regular maintenance can prevent extreme wear and tear.

As was discussed at the beginning of the article, while plumbing can be an extremely difficult chore for anyone to complete, it becomes significantly easier if you have the right advice and information. Use the advice from this article, and you’ll be on your way to doing your own plumbing.

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