As a homeowner the last thing that you want to do is to call in a plumber, that being said it is sometimes inevitable. Having someone come in who knows exactly what they are doing is great but at the same time you sit there wondering if there was anything you could have done to prevent the problem from happening in the first place. As it turns out, there is lots you can do to avoid having plumbing emergencies and here are 5 things that a plumber will never tell you.
Most of the time a dripping tap is something that needs to be fixed, it is one of the more common household repairs. But there are certain times of year where you want to leave your taps dripping just a little bit. If you live in the northern part of the country where you can get some extremely cold weather then you know the danger of freezing pipes. Dripping taps can keep your pipes from freezing and causing a huge mess in the middle of winter.
Fixtures are Easy to Fix
Dripping taps or running toilets are often ignored by homeowners but they are issues that are not only easy to fix but will save you money. Both can run up your water bill costing you money and these are fixes that you can easily do yourself. Here is how easy it is to change a faucet in your kitchen.
Watch What You Flush
The only thing that should be flushed down your toilet is waste and toilet paper. There are wipes, cleaning products and feminine hygiene products that claim they are safe to flush, they aren’t.
Saving on the amount of water that you use makes sense both for your wallet and for the environment but be careful how you go about it. Putting bricks or soda bottles in the back of your toilet tank can affect how they flush. It is easier and better for your bills to replace your toilet with a low flow unit that uses less water with every flush.
Don’t Call on Mondays
The busiest day of the week for any plumber is on a Monday. On the weekends everyone is at home using the facilities increasing the chances of something clogging the toilet or pipes. Also many homeowners on the weekend try and fix their own plumbing which can lead to a whole other set of problems. Either way it results in a whole bunch of calls to plumbers first thing Monday morning.