5 Tips For Becoming An Amateur Plumber

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  1. Know where your water main is located – In the instance that a plumbing issue arises (which inevitably happens in all homes) you should have an understanding of where your water main is. Your water main is as it sounds, the main supply of water to your home. Know where this water line runs and how to turn it off and on.
  2. Know where your main sewer line clean out is located – This will be important to know in the case that there are blockages in your sewer line or you want to do maintenance to prevent any blockages from occuring in the future. In most cases it is located near the house or at the property line, but other times you’ll find it in the basement. Ask a plumber if you’re unsure.
  3. Know where your water supply valves are located – There are separate for your dishwasher, washing machine, toilets, and sinks. If you don’t want to cut off water to the entire house and just want to isolate one appliance then these are the valves that should be shut off.
  4. Don’t turn your tap off too tightly – Any tap that is turned on or off by being rotated with the palm of your hand should be lightly twisted until the water stops completely. If you close it tightly every time it will cause the seal to wear out faster, requiring you to get it replaced. Add some waterproof lubricant to the inside of the handle to make the O-ring and spindle last longer.
  5. Know how to effectively unclog a toilet – This is the most common plumbing problem that people face in their life. The most important thing to know is: buy a toilet plunger before you need it. When a toilet is clogged and the water has filled up high in the toilet bowl you will need to drain it a bit before trying to unclog the toilet. First, take the lid off the tank of the toilet and ensure the flapper is shut. Next, use a plunger that isn’t too stiff and form a seal over the exit hole. Make sure to focus on both the downwards motion AND the upwards pull while plunging. Try flushing again and if the toilet does not flush and then immediately hold the flapper in your tank down so more water doesn’t enter the bowl. For difficult clogs, add a few cups of hot water and dishwasher detergent to the toilet bowl and it sit – this will help break up the clog and make it easier to flush.

Knowing these tips will make you a better plumber than the average person. Continue learning more plumbing tips so that you can have the knowledge when an issue arises. Your bank account will thank you later.

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