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• 14/4/2013 - Simple And Effective Plumbing Strategies Anyone Can Implement

Water can be a serious source of issues for a homeowner. Few issues, short of a natural disaster, can cause more damage to a house than a serious plumbing fault. Luckily, there are many things people can do to stave off plumbing disasters and make sure the damage is minimal when unexpected events do happen.

When doing the install on a water heater, keep an eye out for unconnected pipes. A commonly missed pipe is the one that leads out from the area for drainage. This pipe is likely for recirculating hot water, which makes a significant difference in water-heater efficiency.

If you are working in the sun, stay hydrated and wear protective clothing to prevent damage from the suns rays. It can be easy to get caught up in your work and forget to take breaks, but be sure to guard your safety and take breaks often.

If you have copper pipe, they might expand slightly as you run hot water through them. This causes the pipes to no longer fit their hangers, and instead grind against them, which could cause pipe damage. To prevent this, place a layer of tape around the pipe and replace it into the hanger.

Look at loose tiles to see if they've been damaged by water. Loose tiles are one of the first indications you might have about a leak. Gently push down on the floor or wall where the loose tiles are located to determine if it yields easily or has a spongy feel to it. You can more quickly deal with a problem if you pay attention to your tiles in time.

Property owners have the option of installing flood alarms to alert them of flooding danger. A flood alarm is similar to a smoke alarm. These battery-operated devices make a loud sound if they contact water. They can let you know about a leak or flood even while you're sleeping!

If you keep up with the maintenance of faucets and sinks, you will save money over the long term. Even a tiny leak can waste huge amounts of water, so do regular inspections of the pipes under your sinks to catch leaks early. Regularly performed maintenance will also cut down on wear and tear.

Your water bill can run up pretty quickly if your toilet has a flapper that is worn, damaged or overly crusted up with minerals that is letting a steady flow of water run. Replacing or cleaning the flapper and the flapper seat should solve your problem.

A blow dryer can help you to thaw out frozen pipes. A low level heat source may take a little longer, but it's safer and you can avoid having to call a plumber.

The key to avoid plumbing problems is a combination of technical knowledge and access to the requisite materials. Any homeowner who is willing to learn more about plumbing will have more favorable outcomes from maintenance and repairs; this may also make the home much safer. A homeowner who knows something about plumbing can often fix issues before they become major crises.
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