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Flush those lines
Flushing the water supply lines or disinfecting contaminated plumbing components is crucial after a backflow incident.
Everyone has done it. You take a nice long shower, and the water starts rising above your ankles. The drain isn’t clogged, it’s just slow. You can call a hydro jet plumber, or one of those rooter vans, but you want to take a DIY crack at it before you make that call.
Is there water on the floor around the base of your toilet? If so, that’s not a good sign. This means there’s a leak in your toilet — most likely around the base of the fixture. Instead of allowing your bathroom to become an indoor swimming pool, whip out your trusty tool belt and start fixing that leak!
If you have an older home, checking for lead is an important safety measure, even if you have copper and brass pipes
Few things are more important in our homes than the water flowing through the pipes. This water is what we drink, bathe with, and cook with, so if there’s a risk of lead, it’s important to find out and tackle the problem immediately.
There have been shortages of many things throughout history – oil, rubber, coffee, medicine, and so on. Yet, one of the most interesting shortages – the shortage of toilet paper – was one that should never have occurred.
Before telling this unusual story, let’s first take a quick look at the history of toilet paper.
Obviously, toilet paper has not been around forever.
As a first-time homeowner, it pays to know the basics of plumbing. Of course, plumbing issues do call for a professional hand. However, there are certain aspects you should know, as it can save your day in case of leaks, broken pipes, or clogged toilets. By the time your plumber arrives, it can be too late and the onus of saving your home from turning messy lies on your shoulders.
Besides, knowing the plumbing basics can save you a few dollars now and then.
Often, we use our toilets daily without giving them much thought. However, once something goes wrong, you will most certainly take notice. Having a clogged or overflowing toilet is a fear many homeowners don’t realize they have, until it happens.
Not only can a clog cause damage to your toilet, but it can also cause expensive problems to your plumbing and home overall. Of course, not all clogs are the same. Here’s how to fix a clogged toilet.
If there’s a small leak in your home, it’s easy to set up a bucket or towel and forget about it. As you probably know, though, procrastination can come back and bite you—and your plumbing is no exception. Here’s why you shouldn’t wait to call a plumber.
What Causes a Plumbing Leak?
A leak can happen at any time and without any notice. Old piping, cold weather, and that old toilet you’ve been meaning to replace can all cause leaks.
Have you ever wondered about plumbing in space? Which way does water flow in a weightless environment? Can toilets flush in free-fall? Here on Earth, plumbing is something most of us take for granted. Turn the faucet and water comes rushing out. Flush the toilet and water disappears. On the International Space Station, it’s not that simple. And if you spring a leak, the plumbers are all at least 235 miles (378 km) and a rocket launch away.
Designers of the Station had to contend with these problems as they laid out a complex network of tubes, pipes and ducts between the Station’s outer skin and its inner walls.
Serious residential plumbing problems can be nothing short of catastrophic. Indeed, it only takes 1 inch of water to cause $25,000 worth of damage! That’s one reason it’s so important to call a professional plumbing service when they arise.
It might be tempting to take the DIY approach. But, trust us, whether your boiler breaks, a pipe bursts, you spring a leak, or your drains back up, hiring a professional plumber makes the most sense. Want to find out why that’s the case?
Keep reading to discover 4 key benefits of hiring a professional plumber.