5 Plumbing Life Hacks

Gaining basic plumbing knowledge is helpful before delving into Mr. Rooter Plumbing’s. Each home contains an intricate network of pipes that bring in water for consumption and wastewater removal. Keeping these in good shape is vital if leaks and clogs arise. Otherwise, calling in a professional plumbing service might be your only recourse.

Hack #1: Prevent Clogs Before They Occur

One of the easiest and least costly ways to avoid calling for plumbing repair service is to prevent clogs before they happen. Starting in your kitchen sink, a filter may capture food debris that should not enter your drain, while using a hair catcher in the shower will keep hair from blocking up pipes and prevent pipes from becoming blocked with hair accumulations.

Kitchen grease, coffee grounds, and certain food scraps should never go down your sink; rather they should be placed into your trash can instead. Teaching your family what not to put down the drain can save many plumbing service calls!

Hack #2: Use Plungers Professionally

A plunger should always be your first line of defense against stubborn clogs, with two types available (cup and flange plungers) used primarily in sinks/tubs/toilets, respectively. When choosing between cup plungers versus flange plungers when handling stubborn clogs.

Here's how to use a plunger effectively:

Before using a plunger in your sink or toilet, ensure there's enough water in it to fill its cup. Place the plunger over the drain and press gently down onto it to create a seal around it; give a firm push-pull without breaking this seal a few times until water begins draining out from under it.

If the clog persists despite your best efforts, contacting a plumbing repair service for help might be worthwhile.

Hack #3: Repair Minor Leaks with Tape and Epoxy

To temporarily address small leaks in piping systems, waterproof tape or epoxy may provide an effective temporary fix. First, turn off all water supply sources to the affected area, dry the pipe thoroughly, and wrap waterproof tape around the source of leakage. For longer-term solutions that provide more permanent solutions, consider epoxy specifically tailored for pipe repairs—then let it cure according to its instructions before reconnecting any water sources.

These temporary fixes might do the trick; for best results, it would be wise to call in an experienced plumber and have him assess and repair your issue as quickly as possible.

Hack #4: Regularly Clean Faucets and Showerheads

A lime build-up in faucets and showerheads is often responsible for spraying all over or completely clogging them - with regular maintenance being key in this regard. Unscrew your showerhead or faucet aerator from its mount overnight in vinegar before using an old toothbrush to scrub any build-up away the next morning before rinsing well, screwing back together, and rinsing once more for improved water flow!

Hack #5: Know Where and How to Operate the Main Water Shut-Off Valve

In case of a major water leak, knowing where your home's main water shut-off valve can help stop further damage before plumbing service arrives. Ensure every family member understands this location and its operation for best results.

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While these hacks may help manage minor issues, sometimes professional help from Mr. Rooter Plumbing may be required for more serious ones. Clogs that won't drain, leaks you can't pinpoint, and other water-related damage may necessitate professional plumbing assistance, as an inspection and repair may need more extensive attention than could ever be accomplished on your own. For such occasions, it would be prudent to contact a plumbing service offering more comprehensive inspection and repair services than your DIY efforts alone.

Keep this in mind: These hacks aim to reduce plumbing problems. Address them on your own whenever possible; when in doubt, however, seeking professional assistance would always be best.

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