No one wants to have to deal with plumbing issues. It's frustrating and annoying. However, not all plumbing issues are emergencies, nor do they require the assistance of an expert. There are some problems that you can easily fix yourself with little to no knowledge of plumbing. Here are five things you can do yourself to prevent or repair problems:
1. Silence Those Creaking Pipes.
One of the most annoying things in the home – especially an older home – is the creaking pipes. The creaking of the plumbing pipes makes it hard to concentrate when you're trying to work on a big work project or write a paper for school. Luckily, you can easily fix the problem. All you need is some adhesive-backed felt to wrap your pipes in. You'll notice a significant difference immediately.
2. Don't Ever Forget Where the Pipes Are Located.
If you are currently in the process of building a home or having a house built, you should consider taking a picture of all of the plumbing before the walls go up. This will make sure that you won't have any issues in the future locating your pipes in the event that you need to make a repair.
3. Put an End to Hang-Ups with Your Sink Sprayer.
When you need to pull out the sink sprayer in the kitchen sink, it can be rather annoying when it gets hung up and you have to twist and pull to get it out. More than likely, the hose is actually getting hung up on the shutoff valves beneath the sink. To help prevent this from happening further, purchase some foam insulation from your local hardware store and wrap it around the pipes and shutoff valve handles. If it won't stay on its own, tape it.
4. Suck Out Any Toilet Obstructions.
If you have kids, then you know the types of things that can make their way into the toilet all by themselves. From toothbrushes to toys, your kids will put all sorts of things in the toilet and flush it to wash it swirl around and then disappear. In many cases, a plunger won't get the item back. In fact, it could push it deeper. Instead, use a wet/dry shop vacuum to remove the obstruction.
5. Easily Locate Hidden Pipes.
When you need to find a pipe underneath the floor, take an earth magnet (made from neodymium) and attach to a piece of electrical fish tape. Feed this down into the drain line via the cleanout. You can use a standard compass to locate the magnet, which will then alert you of where the pipe is. When the compass finds the magnet, it will begin to turn wildly.
When you come across a plumbing problem that is just too much for you to handle, don't try to attempt it on your own. Call professional plumbing services to make sure you don't create more problems that will simply turn into a more costly repair.