Quick Plumbing Tips To Make Your Life EasierRosemary Beach is a beautiful place to live and the homes are just gorgeous. If you are vacationing in Rosemary or own any Rosemary Beach real estate and need any plumbing services let let us know. We provide services there to include: emergency plumbing services, out door plumbing, bathroom remodeling and repair. So if you need a Rosemary Beach plumber do not hesitate to call us.  We are certified and insured.  Don’t risk put your home at risk by fixing it yourself.  We are available 24 hours 7 days a week.

Hiring a professional plumber is expensive, even for the smallest of plumbing related issues. If you’re like most men in america you probably feel you can save some money by attempting to do it yourself and make the repair. We strongly encourage against home “DIY” repairs, when attempting any plumbing repairs a small mistake can turn into a huge ordeal which can only be fixed by an emergency local plumber. If you find yourself in a similar situation, please call our certified professional technicians and save yourself the trouble of larger expenses (plumbers charge extra for emergency work) and the cost of wasted materials from your own attempt to do it yourself. There are a number of mistakes amateurs make when attempting their own home repair of their plumbing system, with the top 3 being:

Mismatching plumbing fixtures – Often, someone starts a plumbing project but when they get home, they discover they bought the wrong kind of pipe or the wrong plumbing fixture. Instead of returning it and attempting to do it the right way, they fit their purchase in anyway. This is not a good idea. Do you know the difference between copper and galvanized steel? PEX and PVC? If you connect the wrong pipe to the wrong fixture, dangerous corrosion can happen extremely fast.

Working with the wrong plumbing tools – This is an extremely common issue that we see. The average person does not have the needed tools on hand to work on most plumbing projects. Plumbing projects require specific plumbing tools that are designed and manufactured for fixing plumbing problems. There are certain manufacturers who require certain specialized tools to work on and disassemble their fixtures.

The “Quick” plumbing fix – We see this one frequently around the holidays. Your guests are due to arrive in a day or two. You’ve been meaning to fix the toilet in the guest room that never works right. You start taking it apart, discovering you have no clue how it goes back together, and every time you flush you have more water outside the toilet than in. What went wrong? Instead of spending your day frustrated and wet, sit back and relax while a trained licensed plumber makes the plumbing in your home as good as new. As a homeowner, if you’re in a hurry and the sink clogs up, you need it fixed immediately. If you are running late for a meeting, or to pick up the kids it is often hard to spend the needed time trying to repair the runny faucet or clogged toilet. What usually ends up happening; you plunge it a few times or dump some chemicals down the drain, hoping for the best. This only works for so long but eventually if you clear a little, clog a little, and continue to use that approach, you will end up with a severe clog that could wreck all kinds of havoc in your pipes. One thing homeowners should think about before trying to do it by themselves; plumbers do this for a living. They are experts at knowing how to repair any plumbing issues that may arise in your home. This is what they do every day! It is amazing how people that have never worked on plumbing before think of themselves as experts because they know how to turn a pipe wrench.

Causes of Septic System Failure

Living in the Destin/Santa Rosa Beach area can have its benefits but it can also have its downfalls.  Hurricanes and torrential rains cause the obvious problems such as flooding, erosion, and damage to our beaches but some less known and more common issues are the ones that come about in the home.  Plumbing issues arise almost daily, some are as minor to a toilet that won’t stop running, or a sink that’s leaking from the back, but others tend to be a monster all their own.  Septic tanks that get backed up, or basements that flood are also plumbing problems, not as frequent as a leaky sink or runny toilet they shouldn’t be shrugged off. You may think that only hurricanes, flooding, heavy rains, or an obstruction in the line can cause issues but that’s not true.  Although heavy rain is a primary problem for septic tanks, other issues such as a water hose or sprinkler system that wasn’t turned off and ran all night and day can also cause a septic system to fail. There are so many different variables, causes of septic system failure aren’t always quick fixes. The main thing you can do to prevent some of these issues are to have the septic system inspected by a certified plumber before a heavy rain.  There are several reason a septic system could fail :

– Freezing temperatures during the winter may cause damage.

– One or more drains in the home could be clogged, causing the septic system to back up into other fixtures.

– The ground around the septic system may not be absorbent enough for the amount of liquid.

– Algae or Tree roots could be blocking the pipe.

There are also a number of things you can do to limit the amount of damage and limit the amount of sewage that ends up backing up into your house.

 

– Have a plumber install a floor drain plug or stand plug but both have downsides such as allowing water pressure to build up underneath your basement and rupture and damage the floor.

– Use less water, take less showers, don’t run the water while brushing your teeth or when washing dishes as this will help prevent more flooding

 

Living in the Destin/Santa Rosa Beach area there isn’t too much you can do to prevent sewage backups or plumbing problems other than take the recommended precautions and have a plumber come out yearly and inspect your septic tank and drain system for any issues before they happen.

Holiday Decorating – Keeping Children and Pets SafeAlthough holiday ornament injuries in children have not been well-documented by the medical profession injuries sustained by Christmas decorations have shown a pattern and have caused measures to be formulated toward preventing these injuries. One such study was undertaken by Harvard Medical School with the Children’s Hospital in Boston. Reviewing pediatric visits to emergency rooms over a 13-year period showed the median age of child patients was 2 years old. Records showed that almost 54% of the ER visits involved ingestions. Of these ingestions, around 46% were holiday ornaments while 11% were light bulbs. Except for 3 of the cases, ingested ornaments were made of glass and involved oral and delayed gastrointestinal bleeding. The remainder of the cases dealt with lacerations, eye injuries and minor electrocution injuries. (Read an abstract of the report at PubMed.gov)

Over half of the holiday ornament-related injuries treated at Boston Children’s Hospital involved decorations placed at a level easily reached by a toddler. Add the cases at emergency treatment centers and hospitals nationwide during the holiday season, and you can see why sometimes adhering to simple rules for holiday safety could have been avoided making the holidays much more enjoyable for all ages.

So, what can we do to insure our halls are decked out but keep our children safe?

Tree Decorating Safety Tips

Firstly, hang tinsel and all other small trims out of children’s reach. Hang only non-breakable ornaments on the family tree. If you have a wonderful collection of vintage glass ornaments, elect to have a second “adult” tree placed on a table top in a formal room.

Secondly, don’t hang ornaments with sharp edges within reach of small children. And, don’t place decorations with small, movable parts on lower branches. These can cause a choking problem for children and pets when grabbed from the tree.

Thirdly, avoid trims and decorations that look like candy or food. They may tempt a child to eat them. A tree strung with fake peppermint swags, cellophane-wrapped lollipops, candy canes, and gingerbread men. These can look like a childhood dream to us but be a nightmare to a toddler who doesn’t realize they are artificial.

Lastly, use caution when using such retro favorites as spun-glass “angel hair” or “bubble lights”. Both can be injurious if swallowed. If you are going to use spray snow, make sure your choice is labeled non-toxic.

Deck the halls safely

For most of the country, Christmas falls when snow is on the ground, and trees are bare. A natural part of Holiday decorating is decking the halls with vivid greens and rich reds. Much of this is done with artificial pine garlands and wreaths. But the bright splash of color of natural Christmas flowers and berries is a tradition for many. Mistletoe is hung in kissing balls, and holly berries are woven with evergreens on the mantle place. These are hung high with good reason. Some favorite holiday plants are toxic or poisonous to pets and children.

Poinsettia seems to be the holiday plant with the worst reputation as a poisonous plant. Yet, it is the plant that most likely won’t do more than make you feel sick if you eat it. However, mistletoe deserves its bad rap as a toxic plant. Ingesting it warrants a call to Poison Control and immediate medical attention. The same goes for Holly berries.

Indoors or out, everything looks festive when holly is present. Holly grows over most planting zones, making it an easily acquired natural decoration. If a child eats a berry or two, he or she won’t come to harm. However, if they ingest a couple dozen berries, they can cause death, so having Holly berries around children and pets is a serious concern. Moreover, although it is the berries that attract children, the bark, leaves and seeds are also toxic. The poison that is in the berry is theobromine, an alkaloid closely related to caffeine. It is also found in chocolate (one reason why chocolate is toxic to dogs). In the holly berry, this alkaloid is present in heavy dosages.

Whether or not mistletoe is poisonous depends on what type they are. Mistletoe of the Phoradendron species contains phoratoxin, which can cause blurred vision, gastrointestinal pain, nausea, diarrhea, blood pressure changes and death. The Viscum species of the plant contains a different mixture of toxins, including the poisonous alkaloid tyramine. So, it is best to avoid them in your holiday decorating. Or, if the plant is part of tradition you feel must stay, keep all such plants high and out of reach of children.

Although the rumor that Poinsettia plants are poisonous has been around for some time, its reputation as such is more of an urban myth. Poinsettias are not a dangerous risk in a home. Poisindex, the resource that poison centers nationwide look to for information, claims a child weighing 50 pounds would have to consume over 500 Poinsettia leaves to reach even a potentially toxic level. However, they can cause vomiting and discomfort in pets, so if your dog or cat tends to be a leaf nibbler, you may want to keep an eye on them while around the plant. Christmas cactus is another plant that can cause a pet discomfort when eaten. The best thing to do when you have pets is to make sure they can’t reach the plant.

Lastly, there is one more holiday plant to monitor when children and pets are present. It is live Christmas trees. Pine and fir are only mildly toxic, although even this may be increased if the tree has been sprayed with a flame retardant. Tree oils may cause irritation of the mouth and skin. While children or pets don’t usually eat entire tree branches, the big concern, if any pine needles are ingested, is damage or puncture of the gastrointestinal tract.

The water in your home will most likely have different minerals and elements present within it.  Some of these are natural to water and others are not natural. Some, if found in a high degree, can be unhealthy to you and your family; lead is such a mineral.  The effects of lead poisoning in adults can be increased blood pressure. Adults who drink lead poisoned water over a span of years can also develop kidney problems as well as high blood pressure. Babies and children who experience lead poisoning can exhibit delays in physical development as well as slight deficits in attention spans and learning disabilities.

 

The Lead in Your Pipes and Plumbing Can Affect You

The Lead in Your Pipes and Plumbing Can Affect You

 

Lead is rarely found in your source water. Lead leaches into the water as it travels into your home.  It can leach in from the plumbing system that brings the water into your home, or it can be your home’s plumbing system that contributes to lead in your water.

If it is the lead in the pipes from the utility to your home, it is the responsibility of your water department to treat the water so that the lead is in minimal levels. If it is lead in your homes plumbing systems, then it will be your responsibility to take measures to lower the lead levels in your drinking water.

 

Sources of Lead in Pipes

 

If you’re home is old: Up to the early 1900’s lead pipes were used in the interior plumbing in areas across the country. Lead piping was also used for the service connections that joined homes to the public water supplies.  Plumbing installed before 1930 will generally have had lead used. The use of lead pipes has been replaced now with copper pipes in most residential plumbing. The use of lead solder with copper pipes, however, is still widespread. Experts believe that lead solder is the major contributor to lead contamination of UA household water today.

 

Your Home is less than 5 years old: Even though they are ‘lead-free’, new brass faucets and fittings have the ability to leach lead as well. There is scientific data that indicates that the newer a home, the great the risk for lead contamination. This is because as building ages, lead levels decrease because mineral deposits begin to form a coating on the inside of the pipes as time passes(as long as the water is not corrosive). This coating acts as an insulator to the solder. During the first five years before this coating is formed, the water is in direct contact with the lead.

 

Too find out if Your Water has Lead

 

Since you cannot see, taste or smell if lead is in your water, testing your water is the best way.  The cost of testing for lead in your water is $20 and $100. You will want to be sure to test if you see these tell tale things:

  • Your home has lead pipes (lead is a dull gray metal that is soft enough that you can scratch it with a key)

  • You see signs of corrosion (rust colored water, stained dishes or laundry, or frequent leaks)

 

Contact your water supplier for more information about your home’s water and plumbing. They should be able to also tell you if the service connector used in your home is made of lead or if it isn’t.

It’s all over the internet. There are tips, tricks, and videos telling you DIY plumbing is the way to go and how you can save a lot of money if you take care of those plumbing problems yourself. It’s very tempting. Especially in these days! Before you decide to do it yourself, consider these plumbing mistakes. When a plumbing fix is done wrong, there are both hazards and greater expenses attached to the mistake than many people realize. Why you should never do your own plumbing

Protocol and Blow Torches
If you are fixing a small leak in existing plumbing, that is one thing. If you are thinking about modifying your plumbing system or extending hot water lines or re-routing sewer pipes that’s another thing.

A main rule of plumbing systems is that CLEAN WATER is brought into the house, while WASTE WATER is taken out of the house. There are protocols and procedures applied in order to insure the health and safety to residents in the home. If the plumbing project involves the water system of your house understand that there are plumbing codes that must be met. There are fines and fees to face if you do not meet them.

If you are going to work with hot water lines, it means you will be working with copper pipes—which means you will be working with a blow torch. If you do not have a lot of welding experience this can be more dangerous than the building department hitting you with fines. It can lead to burns from the torch or from hot water if you do it incorrectly. Avoid a possible flood or health hazard and call a professional.

Wrong Pipe for the Wrong Place
Actually, this is the most common plumbing mistake that leads to more money out of pocket than having a professional do it. To fix a leak in your house you need the right size of pipe and also the right type of pipe. If you miss on this, the pipes may not fit correctly. If you use too much force to connect them you can easily break the pipes and connectors, only increasing the leak. An imperfect fit and fix can also cause more leaks to develop along the pipes. They may burst when pressure builds up. Corrosion can also occur if you choose the wrong type of pipe. An improper connection or variant in pipe types will set you up for frequent replacements of the pipes.

Tools of the Trade
Just like in any contracting profession, plumbers have all the tools they need for their craft. Improvised and makeshift tools can lead to problems and this is a common DIY mistake. A simple fix may not be so simple without the right equipment. Some people use marbles or ball bearings in place of a real level when installing bathroom fixtures. The ball bearing technique cannot be as accurate and generally leads to a lot of unnecessary reworks of your project. If you get the level wrong when you install a toilet, you can experience a slow flow of sewer or even backups. Using proper tools is important and counting the cost to acquire all the proper tools for a successful plumbing project needs to be added into your costs before you start it.

5 Common DIY Plumbing MistakesHere are five common DIY plumbing mistakes to avoid. Fixing the plumbing in your home by yourself is always tempting.  Avoiding the cost of having a professional fix it is a big incentive and should be a big bonus.

Plumbing, however, is often more complicated than it appears. If you make a mistake, the small issue you meant to fix can suddenly turn into a large problem. A DIY plumbing project gone wrong can cost you far more than a call to a plumber then. When a DIY fix to the pipes isn’t done correctly you can have the cost of fees from a failed home inspection, or the cost of cleaning up an unexpected flood in your home, and even worse, you can face personal injury.

Here are five common DIY plumbing mistakes to avoid:

Don’t Duct Tape

Don’t duct tape. It seems so easy and it is always handy, but don’t duct tape. It is not an acceptable material to use when plumbing is involved, be it in your home or any other type of building. The DIY rule here is: do not skimp on your important plumbing equipment. If you use the correct materials in you plumbing fixes you will dramatically decrease the possibility of future leaks and accidents.

Very Hot Water

Avoid getting in hot water by letting the water get too hot. If you do not use/install temperature-limiting devices or mixing valves on bathtubs, showers and even sinks, it is quite possible for your family and friends to sustain severe burns from hot water. The water being piped to bathrooms should not exceed 120 degrees Fahrenheit.

Wrong Sized Pipes

A common DIY mistake is using the wrong size of pipes. The size of your water pipes determines the amount of water that can be delivered to each of your appliances. If you use the wrong size, you will experience frequent clogs and frequent leaks–which will lead to frequent repairs. Your time and costs will add up quickly from this mistake.

Water Supply

It is easily forgotten. You leave the water supply on while you do a little quick maintenance to your plumbing. This is a mistake. If something goes wrong you will have water flooding the area. If you remember to shut the water off before your repair you avoid this possible catastrophe. You also decrease the chance of spraying yourself in the face or burning yourself with a fountain of hot water.

Completely Clogged Drains and Drain Cleaner Products

When a drain is completely clogged, it is not time to pull out the drain cleaner. It doesn’t work. Your clog will remain and you face having a pipe filled with harsh chemicals that someone in the house can possibly come in contact with and experience painful caustic burns from it. The safe way is to take the drain apart and remove the material that is clogging it.

Before tackling those DYI plumbing projects remember these pitfalls. Or you might want to consider calling trained professionals. They are familiar with all the correct procedures, safe techniques, and plumbing codes. It might be the quickest, safest and least expensive choice in the long run.

Prepare Your Home for Fall

Take Time for these Fall Plumbing Tips

Summer is past and fall is upon us. It’s time to prepare your home for the cold weather before it happens to your house. It’s easy in this area to drift into the end of fall without preparing for the sudden freezes in the area. Take the time now for these plumbing tips and you can enjoy your fall without a plumbing disaster.
Take Care of Hoses and Hose Bibs
Disconnect any hoses attached to the house- Any water left in them can freeze, expand, and cause faucets and connecting pipes in your house to freeze.
Insure hose bibs are drip free! Check all your outdoor hose bibs to make sure they aren’t dripping or leaking. Try to tighten them a little. If it doesn’t resolve the drip, call a plumber and get it repaired before the winter freezes. Leaking water can freeze in your pipes, build up pressure and crack them. Even a tiny crack in your pipes can allow 250 gallons of water to leak out in one day.
Insulate the Pipes
Insulate your outside hose bibs. Hardware stores have Styrofoam insulation kits available. Simply spray insulation generously at the point where it enters the house.

Insulate the pipes in the unheated areas, which are often easy to overlook. This includes places like the garage, drafty crawl places and water to garden sheds. Wrap heat tape or thermostat controlled heating coils around any pipes that are especially susceptible to freezing.

Check your Home’s Interior Shut-Off Valves

Close off any shut off valves that lead to the outside faucets and drain them.

Prepare Your Water Heater

Water Heaters have to work harder in the winter. Flush out any sediment that might have settled in the heater. This sediment can corrode the water heater, reducing its efficiency and ultimately reducing its lifespan.

Test the pressure relief valve- Lift up on the lever and let it snap back. This should let a burst of hot water into the drainpipe. If not, you may need to have a plumber come and install a new pressure relief valve.

A few notes on testing the pressure: Be careful not to touch the water-it will be scalding hot. If you water heater is over 5 years old and you’ve never tested it before, you might actually cause it to leak from the valve being corroded or its seal being stuck.

One final water heater fall plumbing tip: Make sure the water heater’s temperature is set to 120 F. This temperature is a good balance between safety, efficiency and optimal temperature.

During Winter Vacations Take Precautions

It is easy to leave for the Holidays and not think about the plumbing. Only remember that if a hard freeze occurs you can have damage. To avoid that, shut off the main water valve and drain the system by opening the faucets at the highest and lowest points of the house. Make sure you set the heat to no lower than 55 F.

Frozen Pipes
A faucet that won’t yield water is the first sign of frozen pipes. If a severe cold snap hits, prevent freezing and subsequent bursting of pipes by following the suggestions below. Even if the pipes do freeze, you can thaw them before they burst if you act quickly. When temperatures fall very low, here’s some plumbing tips on how to keep your pipes from freezing:
Keep a trickle of water running from the faucets.
Beam a heat lamp or small heater at exposed pipes (hair dryers work well too).
Wrap uninsulated pipes with newspapers, foam pipe insulation, or self-adhesive insulating tape.
Keep cabinets open and doors ajar between heated and unheated rooms
Disconnect any hoses – this should seem like a no-brainer, but it bears mentioning anyway – disconnect any hoses you have attached to your house and store them. If you leave your hoses connected, any water in them can freeze and expand, causing faucets and connecting pipes in your house to freeze.

Make sure outside hose bibs are not dripping – do a quick sweep around your house and look at all your outdoor hose bibs. Are any of them dripping or leaking? If so, try to tighten them a little more (not so much that you break them or make them impossible to open, of course). If that doesn’t solve the problem, call a plumber to repair the pipes before the winter freezes set in. Trust us: if leaking water in your pipes freezes, building pressure WILL crack the pipes – doesn’t matter whether they’re plastic, copper or steel. And even a tiny crack in one of your pipes can leak out more than 250 gallons of water a day!

Insulate your outside hose bibs – you should be able to find a Styrofoam insulation kit designed specifically for faucets at any hardware store. Just liberally spray insulation around the pipe right at the point where it enters the house.
While you’re at it, insulate any pipes in unheated areas – this includes pipes in places like the garage and any drafty crawlspaces. Wrap heat tape or thermostat controlled heating coils around any pipes that are especially susceptible to freezing.

Check your home’s interior shut off valves – if you have shut off valves that lead to outside faucets, close them off and drain them.
Make sure your water heater is ready for the winter – your water heater naturally is going to have to work harder in the winter. Make sure it’s prepared! The first thing you should do is flush out any sediment that has settled in the heater – otherwise this sediment can corrode the water heater, shortening its lifespan and reducing its efficiency (you can refer to our previous post for tips onhow to drain a water heater).
Additional water heater fall plumbing tips – next, carefully test the pressure relief valve by lifting up on the lever and letting it snap back. This should allow a burst of hot water into the drainpipe. If not, you may need to have a plumber come and install a new pressure relief valve.

A few notes on this one:
· Be very careful not to touch any of the water – it’s going to come out scalding hot.

· If your water heater is more than 5 years old and you’ve never tested the pressure relief valve, testing it can actually cause it to leak – the valve might be corroded or its seals may be stuck.
One final water heater fall plumbing tip – make sure the water heater’s temperature is set to 120 F. This temperature is a good balance between safety, efficiency and optimal temperature.

Clean out the gutters and down spouts – clogged gutters lead to water backups, and in the winter, water backups can create ice dams which will cause all sorts of problems. Save yourself the hassle and spend an afternoon cleaning the gutters – trust us, it’s worth it.

Clean out your sump pump and sump pit – sump pumps are subject to freezing when it gets extra cold, preventing them from working properly and potentially causing serious damage.

Take precautions during winter vacations – before you leave for the holidays, shut off the main water valve and drain the system by opening the faucets at the highest and lowest points of the house. Before you leave, make sure you set the heat to no lower than 55 F.

If you want more fall plumbing tips, or if you need a plumber to come out for some fall plumbing service, call Magnolia Plumbing today!

· Make sure outside faucets aren’t dripping or leaking. Make the necessary repairs or call a plumber before freezing temperatures arrive. Be aware that when pipes freeze, water pressure builds causing cracks – no matter if the pipe is made of plastic, copper or steel. Even a tiny crack can unleash more than 250 gallons of water in a single day.

· Disconnect outside water hoses. If left connected, water in the hoses can freeze and expand causing faucets and connecting pipes inside your home to freeze and break.

· If your home is equipped with interior shut-off valves leading to outside faucets, close them and drain water from lines.

· Cover outside faucets using a faucet insulation kit.

· Insulate pipes in unheated areas, such as garages or crawl spaces.

· Your water heater works harder during winter months. Flush it out and remove sediment buildup, which causes corrosion, shortens life span and reduces heating efficiency. Drain several gallons from the faucet near the bottom of the tank. Connect a hose to the faucet and direct water into a nearby drain. If you are not comfortable with doing this,contact a qualified plumber. A qualified plumber can drain your water heater and also make sure that it is in good working order for the months ahead.

· Clear leaves and debris from outside downspouts to ensure easy drainage when water freezes and thaws throughout the winter season.

· Inspect and clean sump pump and pit. Pumps exposed to extreme cold can freeze, preventing the pump from operating.

· When leaving home for extended periods, shut off the main water valve and drain the system by opening faucets at the highest and lowest points of the house. Make sure the heat is left on and set no lower than 55°F.

· Caution! These tips are intended for homes that will be inhabited throughout the winter months. Many additional steps should be taken to winterize vacation properties that will be abandoned or left unattended for weeks or months at a time. Seek professional help for winterizing such properties.

If you have a major project and not the first clue what you are doing, then it’s probably best to leave the plumbing to the professionals. However, there are many manageable tasks that you can do on your own if you learn about what you are doing and receive tips and hints from others knowledgeable in the field. This article contains a number of tips on plumbing that will help you on your way to finishing your project.

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Quick Plumbing Tips to Make Your Life Easier

If you want to go green try purchasing a water heater that is tankless. In contrast to conventional water heaters, these appliances only heat the water when it is needed rather than storing hot water in a tank. A number of dollars are saved off of power bills because unused water is not heated just to sit around.

Get the appropriate tools, and know exactly how to use them before you start working on your plumbing. Study before any do it yourself project by reading any relevant manuals, going online and even making trips to your local public library. Plan thoroughly before attempting a repair. Mistakes can be very expensive to fix.

If you are cleaning fiberglass bathtubs and sinks, use a non-abrasive cleaner like laundry detergent or dish washing soap. These non-abrasive cleansers are also gentler on your pipes and don’t contain as many harmful chemicals.

When winter rolls around, drain and unhook garden hoses. Failing to do this will damage the indoor water pipes that are connected to these hoses. Only in certain circumstances, such as when the temperature does not dip below the freezing point inside your garage, can you leave hoses attached.

As soon as you notice any water accumulating on the floor by your water heater, turn off the water valves. If you neglect to shut off the water, one small leak could become a much bigger leak, which will be much harder to stop.

Feel the floors around the toilets to see if they are soft; this will help you know if you have any damage. Sit on the toilet and move from side to side, placing one foot on the ground. As you do, see if the floor lacks sturdiness or feels otherwise soft. Identify any damage and repair it before it gets worse. In the long run, you are likely to save money by not putting off the repair.

Ensure your toilet does not have any leaks. Put food coloring into your toilet water in the tank to test for leaks. If you then see colored water in the toilet bowl shortly after, you know a problem exists that needs tended to.

To save both time and money, consolidate all your plumbing problems into a single visit from the plumber. Check all of your plumbing fixtures, note any problems and write them down so you don’t forget anything. Once you have your list, you are then ready to call the plumber. This way the plumber can handle all problems at once and not have to come back, which will only cost you more money and time.

As was discussed at the beginning of the article, while plumbing can be an extremely difficult chore for anyone to complete, it becomes significantly easier if you have the right advice and information. Use the advice from this article, and remember that AJ’s is just a phone call away if you happen to get in over your head ;-).

If you’re a home owner, then you need to know to complete basic improvements and repairs on your home. Knowing how to will allow you to fix small problems that home owners experience on a regular basis, for a lot cheaper than hiring a professional. If you have a problem where you need to join 2 pieces of PVC piping together, fear not. Joining 2 PVC pipes together is one of the easiest parts of preforming home repair and home plumbing. Just remember, if the problem becomes more than you can handle, you can always hire a professional plumbing service to come and fix the problem.

Joining Pipes

If you’re a home owner, then you need to know to complete basic improvements and repairs on your home. Knowing how to will allow you to fix small problems that home owners experience on a regular basis, for a lot cheaper than hiring a professional. If you have a problem where you need to join 2 pieces of PVC piping together, fear not. Joining 2 PVC pipes together is one of the easiest parts of preforming home repair and home plumbing. Just remember, if the problem becomes more than you can handle, you can always hire a professional plumbing service to come and fix the problem.

Prepare the Pipes to be Joined

Joining 2 pipes together, with a watertight seal, is not as hard as one might think. There are a couple things that you will need in order to join the pipes together. You’re going to need: 2 PVC pipes (although you can join pipes together of different diameters, it is always easier to join 2 pipes of the same diameter), a connector, and plumbing glue. Your pipe connector should be made out of the same material as the pipes you are trying to join, for example, a PVC connecter if joining 2 PVC pipes, a copper or brass connector is you are joining 2 pieces of copper or brass piping. This is very important, since trying to join different types of materials simply does not work well, and will lead to leaks. If the diameter of the 2 pipes is different, then you will need to use a special type of connector that has different sizes on each end. Most connectors will slip over the end of each pipe, and form a tight seal.

Connecting the 2 Pipes Together

In order to join the two pipes, and have the joint be waterproof, you are going to need to do some preparation on the pipes first. First off, you will need to check that the pipes are clean, and dry. Water on the exterior of the pipe will make the glue not hold firmly and could cause leaks down the road. If there is dirt or crud on the end of the pipe, make sure to clean it off before attempting to join the two pipes. You’re going to want a clean surface to work on so the glue will hold tightly. Once the pipes are clean, take a piece of light sandpaper and rough up the end of the tube. You don’t want to dig into the material, just make it rough so the glue has a good holding point. Once the end has been run with sandpaper, take the glue, and brush on a thick layer all the way around the exterior of the end of the pipe, and run a small amount around the inside of the connector. You don’t want so much that it will clog up the pipe, but enough to make a good water tight seal. Hold the pipe in one hand, and push the connector onto the end of the pipe. Repeat the steps for the other side. Let the pipes sit to allow the glue to dry, ensuring a watertight seal. For added protection, place a line of glue over the seam on each side of the connector.

To Finish

To make the fix look professional, there is just a little more that you need to do. While the glue is still wet, take an old rag and wipe away any excess that happens to leak out. If you are running a long line of piping, make sure to support the piping down the pipe, so that it doesn’t twist or break due to the pressures inside the pipe. PVC pipes will also bow and bend under the weight of the water that passes through it. Once the glue has dried, it’s time to test the joint. You can do this by pressurizing the system, and checking to see if they leak. If leaks are found, turn the water off, dry the area, and apply another layer of glue around the joint between the connector and the pipe. Silicone caulking can also be used around the exterior seam of the connection in order to help stop any leaking.

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