Plumbing seems to be a whole different world. Even articles online that seem to promote easy plumbing fixes can hold a particular language that ‘s hard for the average Do-It-Yourselfer.
That being said, there are somethings about your home that you should know for prevention and in a case of emergencies. This list below should not scare you but rather prep you for things to keep an eye out for.
Know how to Turn Off Your Water?
There is something terrifying about a toilet that is about to run-over or a leak that will not quit no matter what you do to it. To assure there is no further damage, it is crucial that you know how to turn off the water for your toilet, sink, and probably the main water supply for emergencies.
This knowledge could save you a lot of time and money.
Know Your Pipes!
If you are doing a project that is a little bit more in-depth, there is often a call for PVC plumber pipes or something similar. Before starting this project, make sure that you know exactly what kind of material you need, because believe it or not there is a significant difference between PVC and CPVC.
If you are setting up any system that will need to work with hotter water, you should probably look into using CPVC as it is better equipped for heat. When buying these, be aware that PVC measures from the inside of the pipe, where CPVC is from the outside, this is mere to avoid the headache of needing to get a new size later.
Know Your Plungers!
Plungers are useful for far more than just unclogging your toilet. Many success stories have come from using plungers to clean out their shower and sink drains as well. That being said, many different plungers are better for some jobs than others. For a sink or a shower drain, a classic bowl-shaped plunger is best. Toilet plungers are a bit more complicated as they work best if able to get inside the opening.
Know Your Garbage Disposal.
Garbage disposals can make your life much easier when it comes to a clean way to get rid of food waste, but it needs to be noted that it is all that it is there for.
Do not put anything down the garbage disposal that is not biodegradable food.
Some items that are commonly put in the garbage disposal that should not be are grease, excessive amounts of potato peels, and coffee grinds. These things can make the blades dull and cause clogs. If you are dealing with a garbage disposal that is not working as well anymore or smells, there are several easy fixes.
The first one is natural and does not require extra work from you; next time you are peeling a lemon or orange, put just a few peels down the disposal, the oils naturally clean the walls of the drain, and it creates a fresh scent. Another easy fix is to freeze vinegar in an ice cube tray and flush those down the garbage disposal; this helps eliminate the smell and sharpens the blades.
Know Your Plumber!
Keep your plumber’s number at hand. While you now know basic plumbing tips and tricks, it is sometimes best to have a professional check out your plumbing, especially in an emergency.