50+ Plumbing Tips and Tricks You Need to Know

At this point, we all know how important is to take care of the plumbing in our homes. That is the reason why we have prepared a list of tips and tricks that we think would be helpful:

-Repair leaky faucets promptly; a leaky faucet wastes gallons of water in a short period.

-Install non-aerating low-flow faucets and showerheads, to save major bucks on your water bill.

-Although most water heaters last 10-15 years, it’s best to start shopping for a new one if yours is more than 7 years old.

-Doing some research before your heater fails will enable you to select one that most appropriately meets your needs.

-Determine the appropriate fuel type for your water heater. If you are considering electricity, check with your local utility company for off-peak electricity rates for water heating.

-Lower the thermostat on your water heater; water heaters sometimes come from the factory with high-temperature settings.

-Insulate your electric hot-water storage tank and pipes, but be careful not to cover the thermostat.

-A water heater setting of 115°F provides enough hot water for most users.

-Drain a quart of water from your water tank every 3 months to remove sediment that impedes heat transfer and lowers the efficiency of your heater.

-If you heat with electricity and live in a warm and sunny climate, consider installing a solar water heater.

-Eggshells are a great way to clean garbage disposals.

-Take more showers than baths. You use 15-25 gallons of hot water for a bath, but less than 10 gallons during a 5-minute shower.

-For electric water heaters, install a timer that can automatically turn the hot water off at night and on in the morning. A simple timer can pay for itself in less than a year.

-Do not install the water heater in an unheated basement.

-Try to minimize the length of piping that runs to your bathroom and kitchen.

-If your drain is clogged you can pour half a box of baking soda and ½ a cup of vinegar down the drain, then wait 30-45 minutes and pour boiling water down the drain

-Toilets and sinks require different types of plungers to remove clogs. Make sure you’re using the correct one.

-Make sure to check all of your pipes for leaks, even just a small leak can waste nearly 20 gallons of water per day. Just imagine what a larger leak can do.

-Don’t go crazy when using detergents, bleach or other chemicals, overusing these products can kill the natural bacteria that your septic system needs.

-Septic systems should be checked twice a year, to ensure they’re running properly.

-Check your water meter when no water is being used then check it again about eight hours later. If your meter has moved, that’s a clear sign that you may have a leak.

-A leaky toilet can increase your water usage by more than 40%, you’ll want to repair the leak ASAP to save money on your water bill.

-If you suspect a leak in your sink, toilet, water main, etc. turn off the water before attempting repairs.

-Don’t overload your garbage disposal with too much food at one time.

-Remember to use lots of water while running your garbage disposal, to prevent clogs.

-Never put rice, pasta, bones, corn cobs or beans in your garbage disposal.

-To stop an overflowing toilet locate the valve behind your toilet and turn it off immediately.

-If plunging doesn’t fix your clogged toilet, it’s time to contact a professional plumber

-Letting Coke soak in your toilet, is the easiest way to clean your bowl.

If nothing happens when you flush, it means you have a loose handle or valve.

-To clean your dishwasher, pour ½ cup of white vinegar into the detergent cup and simply run the empty machine for one full cycle.

-Disposable diapers, feminine hygiene products, hair, coffee grounds, toothpaste, food particles, oil from cooking and mineral build-up are the most common causes of clogged drains.

-Small bathroom? A corner toilet is a great way to save space!

- Looking to save on your water bill? Place a bucket in the shower to catch water, which you can later use to wash your vehicle.

-High-efficiency toilets do not cause problems with home plumbing systems.

-High-efficiency toilets are available in a wide range of models.

-Plastic piping is superior than metal piping in almost every way.

-Plastic piping is cheaper than metal.

-Plastic piping is much easier to install, adjust and tighten if a leak develops, than metal piping.

-Plastic piping, unlike metal, won’t corrode.

-You can use a wet/dry vac to retrieve items that fall into the toilet.

-By tying a piece of string around your faucet that reaches down to the drain, you can quiet the sound from a dripping faucet.

-The most common causes of dripping faucets are worn washers, bad internal seats or worn/faulty faucet cartridges.

-If your kitchen sink is clogged by grease, you can remove the clog by pouring ¼ cup of dish soap down the drain, wait about 20 minutes and then pour roughly a quart of boiling water in the drain.

-Pouring chemicals down your drain will corrode the pipes.

-The newer, thicker chemicals meant to remove clogs from drains will often cause or worsen clogs.

-Some check valves can be attached to the sump pump itself, while others are placed farther up the outlet pipe.

-To maintain a sump pump, periodically check the system.

Make sure the float in your sump pump is free of obstructions.

- If you only notice your toilet running in the middle of the night, there is a good chance that the water level in your tank is set too high.

- A leaky toilet can waste enough water to fill an Olympic sized swimming pool in one year. Now just imagine what that is doing to your bill.

- Many toilets really do run only at night; that’s because people use much less water during these hours and in many municipal water systems, the water pressure rises considerably during this time.