Plumbing issues are one of the things any homeowner should not ignore or take lightly. If your desire is to settle in a beautiful and properly maintained household or property, as a homeowner, you must pay attention to your plumbing system.

Of course, when it comes to the proper maintenance of your home’s plumbing, plumbing professionals are the people to call. However, this does not mean that we should rely on real plumbers to fix things for us all the time. If the problem is just a trivial one and something that can be addressed by yourself without calling a professional plumber, why not just do it and take matters into your own hands? All you need to do is to simply learn basic professional plumbing tips so that you can carry out those plumbing tasks at home with less worry.

The advantage you get from fixing things at home on your own is saving money to pay for the plumbing services. Hiring a plumbing professional can be very costly. Usually, a plumbing company can charge you more or less $200 for repair of your plumbing system.

Plumbing Maintenance

If you happen to have the right plumbing tools at home and somehow have the know-hows of basic plumbing maintenance, you can execute tasks like a real plumber does by following these tips:

Be aware of your main water valve and its location.

Sad to say, not many homeowners actually know the location of their main water valve. If you can’t locate where your main water valve is, you will have a big problem as you will have to find it and turn it off when a disaster occurs. Once you know where your main water valve is located, you won’t have difficulties finding it in case your pipes burst. Turning it off can help lessen the damage to your plumbing system.

Inspect your toilet’s flush valve seal for possible leaks.

Detecting toilet leaks early on is the best way to prevent leaks from escalating and causing further plumbing issues in the future. A simple tactic that you can apply to identify a leak in your toilet is testing the flush valve seal through the use of food coloring. Yes, you read that right! Food coloring does the trick. You just need to discharge several drops of food coloring into your toilet tank and observe if the colored water somehow flows into the toilet bowl after a few hours. If this is the case, it means your flush valve is leaking.

Prevent frozen pipes.

Having frozen pipes happens a lot especially during the winter season. As a homeowner, you must have the knowledge on how to keep your pipes from being damaged. To prevent frozen pipes, you have to let your faucets drip. If you allow water to consistently flow through the pipe lines, you can relieve the pressure from your water system. Moreover, you need to disconnect the hoses from your outdoor faucets. Also, you have to open the cabinet doors in the kitchen sink and in the bathroom in order to allow warm air to circulate inside your home. Another way to expel warm air to your pipes is to use a fan, a portable heater, or a blow dryer. Setting your thermostat on, maintaining a household temperature of at least 55 degrees, and properly insulating your pipes also help keep your pipes from being frozen.

Have a supply of Teflon tape at home.

A plumber’s tape, also called Teflon tape, has two color variations—white and yellow. You have to be able to differentiate the two as well as their purposes. The yellow tape is used for gas line connections, while the white tape is intended for plumbing tasks. If you want to do things like a real plumber, you have to keep a supply of Teflon tape at home. Teflon tape comes handy when it comes to sealing leaking joints and fittings. As far as fittings are concerned, you must remember to keep fittings just “hand tight.”

Take care of your drain and toilet.

Toilets and drains are important parts of the home. That’s why we should always watch what we flush down into the toilet and drain. Toilet bowls and kitchen drains are not like a garbage can which you can just dump anything into. Never flush nasty debris like baby wipes, tissue paper, food, grease, vegetable peelings, and plastic wrappers down the sink or toilet. Instead, always clean your drains and use a basket strainer to collect residues that could possibly clog the drain.

These five simple tips are very easy to accomplish without necessarily calling a plumbing professional. If you apply these methods inside your home, you will be able to keep your plumbing in tip-toe shape and protect your home just how a professional plumber does.