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Try These Tips If You Have Plumbing Issues

July 4, 2012 by  
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Cold weather can cause expensive plumbing repairs if your pipes freeze. Fortunately, it’s usually an avoidable problem. The first thing you should do is ensure your outside pipes are thoroughly wrapped or insulated. When cold weather sets in, turn off your outside faucets, disconnect all hoses and drain them. Making sure that all of this is done will have you a lot of money in plumbing bills.

Be extremely careful about unclogging a stopped-up drain using a chemical drain opening product. These chemicals can open your drain but they also may hurt you if you get them on your skin. If you decide to use them, protect your arms and hands so they are not exposed to these chemicals.

A regular old pipe snake could be all it takes to clean out a clogged drain stack on your washing machine. Lint can build up in the washing machine and cause a clog, which will lead to overflowing.

Orange or pink discoloration on your bathroom fixtures is a solid indication that your water contains too much iron. This is fixed by using water softener, which can be bought at a store, or you can have someone come to your home and fix it.

When you’re trying to figure out a toilet problems, check the flapper, since it can cause many issues. The flapper can eventually deteriorate, and can cause leaky toilets. Before replacing the flapper, first check to make sure the chain has proper pressure. If it does, you are probably dealing with a worn flapper that needs replacing.

If you want to try a pipe cleaner because your pipes are obstructed, it is recommended you use a cleaner that is enzyme based. Enzyme based cleaners work by using natural bacteria that turns the sludge clogged in your pipes into a liquid, allowing it to flow down the drain with ease. The cleaners that have enzymes are the best you can buy.

Plumbing is not as hard as you imagined, is it? Though plumbing is a complex subject, there is a great deal of information out there. Sometimes you need just the right information to get started. Now you can start putting these tips to use on all your household plumbing needs.

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