Plumbing Tips for Homeowners to Save Money

There are so many things you have to take charge of as a homeowner from gardening to plumbing to even maintaining your home's paint. Of course, all of these can add up. It would be wise of a savvy homeowner to try to do some basic maintenance work themselves.

CHECK YOUR DISHWASHER REGULARLY FOR LEAKS

Dishwasher leaks usually happen when the drain hose that connects the dishwasher to the main sink isn't installed properly. Normally, this hose should stand vertically to allow the water to cascade straight down the drain.

When placed in any other position, it will cause leaks that require constant clean-up. The good news is that is an easy problem to fix. All you have to do is position this hose correctly so that it acts as a waterway from the sink to the dishwasher.

It also helps to check all connections for other leaks on a regular basis and to ensure that they're screwed tightly at all times. If you do encounter any major leaks or burst pipes, you should call a licensed plumber as soon as possible as they are capable of taking care of any plumbing issues. If you leave any plumbing issues unattended to, they will eventually become worse and cause further damage to your home.


PAY ATTENTION IF YOUR TOILET IS CONSTANTLY RUNNING

The constant trickle of running toilet water is one of the most annoying sounds, not to mention wasteful our our earth's most precious natural resource. Most importantly, running toilet water is likely a sign that your toilet's flapper is damaged.

One way to resolve this is to check if your flapper is closed properly. If that's fine and the problem still persists, it might be a good idea to replace the flapper with a new one to avoid escalating water bills.


UNCLOG YOUR SHOWER DRAIN

With all the debris we put into our shower drains everyday and the buildup of mineral deposits, it's no surprise that they get clogged sometimes. Question is, what should we do about a clogged shower drain?

If pulling it out with your hands sound too revolting, you can try this simple DIY:


  • Mix 1/3 cup of baking soda with 1/3 cup of vinegar in a heat-resistant cup to make a DIY cleaning solution.

  • Remove the drain cover and pour in the solution, which will immediately start fizzing. Let it sit for at least one hour so the vinegar and baking soda can work. When the hour is up, run hot water down the drain to flush out the cleaning solution and any debris.

Pipe Masters' plumbing experts have over 45 years of experience within the trade and are licensed master plumbers. We will advise you on the best plumbing solution for your home or commercial property. Call us today for expert services in the Long Beach area and beyond and let us help you with your plumbing needs!

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