As with anything, plumbing can be quite complex. If this seems overwhelming to you, read on for some simple, practical advice for your own plumbing projects.
Don’t pay the entire plumbing bill upfront; wait until the plumber finishes the plumbing job. You might have to give them a deposit, but do not give them the entire sum of money until you are sure they have done a good job. You want to know the plumber has fulfilled all his requirements as promised in the agreement before he gets paid.
You can check your toilet for leaks by adding a few drops of food coloring, Kool Aid or some coffee grounds to the water in the toilet’s tank (not the water in the bowl). Check the water in the bowl after a half hour or so. If any of the coloring agent is visible in the water in the bowl, the tank is leaking, and you will have to have it repaired.
Think about what plumbing work you need, then schedule them all at once. Do not call a plumber for minor issues. You can save money by waiting to have everything fixed at the same time. It also saves you money because a lot of plumbers charge by the hour–they cannot charge for multiple hours every trip if they only make one trip out.
Do not overload your garbage disposal. If you need to dispose of large items, cut them up into smaller pieces. Also, do not put too much in at a time, put one or two items in and wait a few seconds to dispose of the rest. Overloading your disposal can cause the engine to overheat.
Make sure you get a good recommendation or check the references before you hire a plumber. With good recommendations, it will assure that you are hiring an experienced plumber. If the experienced plumber is professional, he will have a fully stocked truck and be able to complete most small jobs in one visit.
It is important not to run water while using a garbage disposal. Most plumbers advise that you run water when using your garbage disposal, although many disagree. In fact, it could cause garbage to stick to your disposal, which can create more damage.
To be able to get a good plumber you can be comfortable with, remember which of your friends are actual home owners and not renting. At some point, every home owner has had to call in a plumber. They can give you a good personal reference they had a positive experience with.
If the hot water heater in your house is over ten years old, you should look at replacing it. Hot water heaters are very susceptible to corrosion on the bottom. This can lead to leaking and flooding whatever room it is in. Then not only will you have to replace it, but you’ll have to fix any damage caused by the leak.
As you can see, plumbing isn’t so scary when you know what to do. Follow the tips you’ve read here next time you have a problem with your plumbing, and soon your problem will be solved, all without having to call an expensive plumber to fix the problem for you.