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Plumbing Secrets: Things to Know

»Posted by on Aug 2, 2018 in Plumbing | 0 comments

Once in a while some homeowners come across problems in the plumbing and sometimes they call a plumber to fix it for them. Of course, there is no need for you to learn plumbing and become a plumber yourself if that isn’t what you want, however as a thrifty homeowner it is good for you to learn how to do some simple fixes. You can leave the big problems to the plumber Lees Summit that way you won’t be making big damages that may cost more in repairs.

Here are some plumbing things you should know so you don’t have to call a plumber for something so small.

 

  1. First thing first, you should learn how to turn off the water if there are leaks. I don’t mean turn off your water in the faucet but rather turn it off from its source. Just go to the main valve of the pipe and close it. There is an instruction on which way to turn it so it cuts off the flow of water.

 

  1. If you have a leaky pipe, you still have to turn off the main water source to be able to fix it. This is necessary if you are using a putty to repair the leak as you need it to dry and set first. You’ll have to locate the leak in your pipes. You can use a pipe clamp or a putty as mentioned before around the pipe.

 

  1. Hidden leaks are also possible, you can have it without knowing it. The easiest way for you to know about this is to look for molds, mildews, water stains in the walls or ceiling and unpleasant smells. These are all signs that you may have a leaky pipe that you did not notice earlier.

 

  1. Dripping faucets are also problems in plumbing but it is an issue that is manageable and the fix is homeowner friendly. The usual reason why you have a leaky faucet could be because the rubber washer that helps stop the flow of water is worn out and all you really need to do is change this. For modern style faucet it may require you to replace the valve cartridge and although it sound a little complicated it’s still homeowner friendly.

 

  1. If your plumbing pipes are a little old it may be time to upgrade it. Old plumbing pipes especially ones that has run its course of lifespan is prone to leaking and may bring trouble to you so that may be important to consider.

Taking care of your home is an important aspect for you to know. After all when you care for your home then it will retain its integrity longer and you can save more money in the long run. It may not be easy for some as cost in maintaining a home can add up overtime but if you take care of it you can save more overtime. Repairs can be pretty expensive after all.

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