The Correct Methods to Do Your Plumbing
Avoid plumbing problems! Do not stop up the toilet! Some typical things that will stop up a toilet include: toys, hair, paper towels, birth control items, and feminine personal items. Do not flush these things down your toilet - unless the instructions say otherwise! These can stop up your toilet - to the point that nothing else will work - except calling a plumber!
Do not use the liquid cleaning supplies that are designed to clear clogs. These cleaners are harmful and can damage your pipes as they clear the clog. Instead of using damaging liquids, use a plunger or a plumbing snake. These are much more effective and will not harm pipes.
Make sure you know exactly where your home's water shutoff is located. You never know when there might be an emergency involving a broken pipe or damaged connection that requires you to turn off the water right away. In addition, being aware of exactly where the shutoff is located is crucial before you begin any plumbing project, in case something goes wrong.
If you have bad water pressure in the shower, the showerhead might be clogged. Take a plastic baggie, fill it with normal vinegar, and tie it to the showerhead so that the showerhead is covered. Leave it overnight. In the morning, take the baggie off and use a small toothbrush to scrub away any mineral deposits.
Frozen and bursting pipes from harsh winter weather is a problem that no-one wants, so plan now to winterize your exterior faucets and pipes against freezing conditions. A simple way to accomplish this is to find the exterior water shut-off valve located inside your home (frequently located in the basement). Turn off the water valve to stop water flow, and then open up the outside faucets to drain out any water that has collected. Be sure to turn off the outside water faucets tightly after the water has drained out. Take in any hoses you may have outside so they don't crack from the cold weather.
As you can see, hiring a professional plumber is generally an unnecessary and pricey thing to do, compared to fixing the problem yourself. Next time your plumbing needs repair, try pulling up this article and trying to resolve it yourself. You may possibly be surprised how easy it is to do!