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What You Need To Know About Plumbing

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The great benefits provided by indoor plumbing are rather hard to explain to a homeowner dealing with a flooded basement, a broken fixture or a leak in a wall. Serious plumbing disasters can be extremely damaging to any home. Fortunately for you, there are a ton of things you can do to prevent these nightmares and to fix them when they happen.

If you have a pipe that freezes, you should turn on the faucet that is close to the pipe; this way, the water has a place to go. Doing so provides pressure relief, and might spare you the damage of a burst pipe.

Don’t give a plumber the total bill payment upfront; pay them only when they have finished the job. In some cases, you have to make a down payment prior to the first day of work. This is okay to do; however, don’t let your plumber talk you into paying the entire cost of a job before he’s finished, and never pay the whole cost before he’s even begun. You should make sure the plumber did a good job before you pay in full.

Don’t be tempted to use commercial bleach tablets, blue toilet tablets or any other product that claims to prevent toilet odor. The rubber parts of your system can be damaged by the chemicals contained in these tablets and stop functioning.

A sink hose that is installed incorrectly will lead to water flowing into the dishwasher. Your hose must run in a hill pattern to avoid water mixing. Think of the St. Louis Arch — start from your sink, go uphill with the hose, and then down before connecting to the dishwasher. This way, only pressurized water can travel through the hose. Leakage won’t be an issue.

When it is time to replace your shower head, you should consider paying a little more for a better one. People try to save money by buying the least expensive shower head that is out there. These types of fixtures are prone to breakage and are much less sturdy.

Clean your dryer’s lint trap. This can save you a lot of trouble, including preventing fires. Search the lint trap to see if there are any tears or holes, this helps to prevent lint from getting into the pipes, which can cause clogs and many other problems.

Education and prevention are often the keys when it comes to avoiding plumbing-related problems. Even just learning the basics will go a long way to prevent costly and damaging mistakes. By the same token, the homeowner who researches and prepares for tackling a plumbing problem beforehand will be able to fix the problem quicker and easier.

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