If you don’t pay regular attention to your plumbing and what’s going down the drains in your home, it can stop working at a moment’s notice. For a lot of people, that means they have to stop doing a lot of things that they have gotten into the habit of doing. Here are three things that can cause problems for your plumbing.
1. Not removing hair and other debris from your shower and sink drain daily
It is only natural that your hair will get into the shower drain during your shower. Not only does it happen from washing your hair, but also from shaving. Some people have drain protectors that are meant to catch most hair and debris that can cause problems for your plumbing.
However, whether you have one of those or not, you need to be sure to clean the hair out of the shower or sink …Read More
What do you do if your washing machine is not draining? If the machine is otherwise working normally, except the drainage part, then there are a few diagnostic tests to perform before calling the plumber. Here are three common areas to look at.
Clogged Drain Tube
If you are lucky, then the issue can be as simple as a clogged drain tube. The easiest way to confirm whether this is the problem is to remove the tube and investigate it for obstructions. Here is how you remove the tube:
- Disconnect its power cord
- Turn off the water supply (both hot and cold)
- Pull the machine away from the wall to give you some working space
- Locate the drain tube (you can refer to the owner’s manual for its location)
- Remove the end of the tube connected to the house drain and drop it into a bucket to collect any
The widespread use of light-emitting diodes, or LEDs, means it’s now possible to add bright, colorful lights in the smallest of spaces, including the bathroom. While LEDs offer plenty of exciting new options for accent and task lighting, they also come with some surprising uses in places you wouldn’t expect, like toilets, tubs and even tiles. Check out these four ideas for incorporating LEDs into your bathroom to brighten up your space, then consult a local plumber for help with tracking down and installing the right products to bring your ideas to life.
LEDs built into sink faucets and shower heads can add a splash of color to water as it flows. While the earliest LEDs were simply used for aesthetic appeal or task lighting, modern LEDs in a sink faucet or shower head can actually do much more; look for lights that glow bright blue when water …Read More
Unclogging a kitchen sink drain may seem like a simple task, but there are definitely right and wrong ways to do it. Here are some do’s and don’ts to keep in mind so you get it done effectively.
Do: Use a plunger first
Many people only think about using a plunger when their toilet is having problems, but they are actually very useful with kitchen sink clogs. Since they are so simple to use, this is the very first thing you should try. Plunge the side of the sink with the garbage disposal, but don’t stop there. Also try plunging the opposite side of the sink. If the water starts going down, test it by running hot water in the sink. This will help to break up anything else that is stuck to the drains and might cause future clogs.
Do: Check the trap
If plunging doesn’t work, you can …Read More
Not only is a clogged toilet messy, but it can also damage plumbing pipes and flooring. Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for a toilet to clog a few times per year or even a few times per month. Here are a few tips that will help you prevent your toilet from clogging.
Keep Toilet Tanks Clear
If you’re like most homeowners, you may find the shelf over the toilet a handy place to store various things, such as soaps, toilet paper, brushes, combs, and ornaments. However, storing items on the toilet tank can actually increase the risk of toilet clogging. As you may know from firsthand experience, these items can quite easily be knocked into the toilet bowl. If the item ends up going down the drain of the toilet without you noticing, you may have to deal with a major clog or even damage to your toilet. Therefore, you …Read More
Water conservation is necessary not only inside, but also outside, the house. You can save much more water by letting your landscaping water conservation efforts complement your indoor water saving measures. Planning drought-resistant plants is one of the best measures, but you shouldn’t despair if you already have a landscaped lawn because you can:
Mulch the Plants
Place a couple inches of organic material on the root of every plant in your yard. This helps to keep the ground around the root wet, which nourishes the plants without you having to water them frequently. For maximum effectiveness, press the mulch slightly so that the water does not run off during watering.
Water at the Right Time
Wind and sunlight are your enemies when it comes to watering because the wind scatters the water, and the sun evaporates it. Therefore, you need to water your lawn and plants when these …Read More