Have you ever had a plumbing problem that you felt you couldn't solve on your own? Was the problem just over your head? If you mess with things you don't understand, were you afraid of what might happen?
Read on to find out how to become more confident about solving problems next time your plumbing goes wrong.
Find a plumber that you can trust. Make sure to get referrals from friends and family so that you can prevent getting ripped off, which happens often. Also make sure not to pay the plumber before the work is completed. There will not be an incentive to get the job completed in a timely manner if you do that.
You always want to solder correctly, the biggest mistake most people make when soldering is failing to get the interior of the fitting and the exterior of the pipe clean and shiny. Polish these surfaces with a fine emery clot until bright. Instead heat the fitting, although when soldering, never heat the pipe. Doing so allows the solder to be drawn into the fitting by capillary action.
To avoid wasting water and having a potentially high water bill, check your home for leaky faucets periodically. Fix any leaks that you find right away. If not, you may have to seek the services of a plumber to make the repairs, though you may be able to do the repair yourself.
You can check your toilet for leaks by adding a few drops of food coloring, Kool Aid or some coffee grounds to the water in the toilet's tank (not the water in the bowl). Check the water in the bowl after a half hour or so. If any of the coloring agent is visible in the water in the bowl, the tank is leaking, and you will have to have it repaired.
Plumbing isn't such a scary thing, it just requires proper instruction and knowledge, as you can see. Fixing your own plumbing can save a lot of money. Hopefully this article has given you at least a few of the ideas that you need, so that next time your plumbing has a problem, you can fix it yourself.