Plumbing Repair: Helpful Tips and Ideas from Roto-Rooter plumbers
Are you a homeowner? Are you hands on? Do you like to save a dollar when you can? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you have what it takes to become a great Do-it-Yourself handyman or handywoman. As maintenance tasks need to be taken care of around the house, you can quickly develop a useful skill-set for doing a lot of your own maintenance. Especially for plumbing repair in Minneapolis, DIY knowhow will save you a few dollars and help you live more independently. For any issues that are beyond your skill-set (or desire to deal with), Roto-Rooter is on call to get the job done quickly 24/7. And in the Twin Cities, we don’t charge extra for nights, weekends or holidays. Here are a few tips and tricks for more effective DIY plumbing care.
- You should never wait for your plumbing to fail. Having a thorough knowledge of your home’s plumbing layout will help you anticipate possible plumbing problems due to age, climate and weather changes or heavy usage. Slow water leaks or full-on flooding both lead to serious water damage, and water damage can cost thousands of dollars to fix. It is better to prevent it from ever happening but consider placing inexpensive water alarms near flood-prone areas. These cost about $15 and are available at most hardware stores.
- Did you know that appliance failure is responsible for more household floods than weather? It’s true. Check behind your washing machine and make sure those water hoses aren’t split or cracked. Replace rubber hoses with braided stainless steel hoses, which rarely ever burst or fail.
- Does your toilet run? Do your faucets drip? These leaks add up fast and can really impact your water bill. Drop a few drops of food coloring in the toilet tank. Wait 15 minutes then look in the bowl. If the coloring has made it into the bowl, you have a leak. Often, these leaks are silent but make no mistake, leaks are costing you money.
- Why not call a plumber for a full home inspection? Your plumber will look over your toilets, water appliances such as ice makers, dishwashers, washing machines and sump pumps. Roto-Rooter of Minneapolis provides free home plumbing inspections. An expert plumber will bring a checklist and will walk with you through your home. He’ll inspect all aspects of your plumbing and point out the good, the bad and the ugly. For instance, he will tell you how old your water heater is, check its condition and tell you how much longer it will likely serve you (11 years is the average lifespan of a water heater). The plumber will inspect your sump pump and make sure it’s doing its job. The plumber will check for leaks, slow drains that may be indicative of other problems, he will test your garbage disposal, show you where water shut-off valves are located and give you tips for keeping your plumbing in top condition. Whether or not you hire us to fix any problems is your choice. But awareness is comforting, knowledge is power, and as the homeowner, you can choose the best option for dealing with plumbing issues.
- Frozen pipes are common enough that thousands of people every year seek our help to thaw them and fix them. As temperatures drop in colder climates, water supply pipes can freeze. As water starts to freeze, small pockets of air get trapped in the pipe. The expanding ice increases the pressure and forces the trapped air to burst through the pipe forming a crack or shattering the pipe altogether. The freeze is bad enough but when the pipe thaws, a rush of water will be unleashed from the pipe causing damage to your home. To prevent freezing pipes, prepare far enough in advance to cover all of your bases. Insulation is the best way to keep your pipes guarded from the cold. Especially along the outer walls of your home, insulation added to the space between the wall and the water pipe will act as a buffer. For added effect, you can also wrap the pipe in insulation or fit it with a foam insulation sleeve.
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