When moving into your new home there are certain things you need to know about the ins and outs of your house. One thing that might be overlooked is simple plumbing tips. These tips will not only save you money, but they will save your peace of mind as you undertake simple plumbing issues in the home.
It is important to know where the water main switch is to cut off water to your house. If ever your pipes were to burst in your house, it is important to be able to cut off the water supply. Cutting off the water supply will eliminate further damage to your house. This is very helpful in the winter months when older houses pipes are prone to freeze. It is best to leave several faucets running a light stream of warm water.
One thing you might want to check if you are just moving in a house is the temperature setting on your hot water heater. Most water heater manufacturers recommend setting the thermostat on 120 degrees. This setting will help prevent scalding, and help save you money on your water bill. This is especially important if there are children in the house. If you have a gas powered water heater the temperature setting is right in the front of the heater. First thing that needs to be done is to cut the power off to your water heater. If you have an electrical water heater, you need to remove a panel from the heater. There will be insulation inside, gently pull it to the side, and you will find the temperature setting. You might need a flat head screwdriver to place the temperature at your desired setting.
That constant drip, drip, drips can keep you awake at night, but it also can raise your water bill. It usually is simple to fix a leaky faucet. Check the water supply and make sure that it tightened. The washer inside the faucet needs to replaced and they are very cheap at your local hardware store. If after you replace the washer and the faucet is still leaking, you may need to replace the faucet itself. Most kits at the hardware store are inexpensive, and come with step-by-step instructions.
Just as it is important to find the main water supply cut off to your house, it is also important to find it on your toilet. Behind the bowl is a valve that turns off the water supply. Inside the tank of your toilet are the inner workings of what controls the flush. Usually when your toilet is leaking there is an arm that raises the seal and lowers the seal to allow the toilet to flush. Check and see if the connection to the arm is damaged, or the seal is damaged. If they need to be replaced it is relatively inexpensive and an easy fix. One essential plumbing supply to always have on hand is a plunger. They are very inexpensive, and help unclog at toilet or help push clogged water down a drain.
Over the years the drains in your house will inevitably become clogged. To keep this from happening, there are few simple things you can do to keep drains clear. Every month make it a point to naturally clean your drains. You can do this with a solution of vinegar and baking soda, to add a fresh citrusy smell you can add essential lemon oil. When cooking with fatty meats never drain the fat directly in the sink. Have a container handy to pour the fat off the meat. This will help to keep the fat from clogging up your drain. Hardware stores sell special tools to help keep hair from clogging your shower drain.
These simple plumbing tips will help insure that if ever an emergency happens you will be prepared to handle it. They will also help keep your home plumbing system running efficiently.