How To Do Plumbing Appropriately
Avoid plumbing troubles! Do not stop up the toilet! Some common items that will stop up a toilet include: toys, hair, paper towels, birth control items, and feminine personal products. Do not flush these things down your toilet - unless the directions 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 a lot more effective and will not harm pipes.
Make sure you know where your home's water shutoff is located. You never know when there may possibly be an emergency involving a broken pipe or damaged connection that needs you to turn off the water right away. In addition, knowing where the shutoff is located is vital before you commence any plumbing project, in case anything goes wrong.
If you have bad water pressure in the shower, the showerhead may possibly be clogged. Take a plastic baggie, fill it with regular 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 dilemma that no-one wants, so plan now to winterize your exterior faucets and pipes against freezing conditions. A simple way to achieve this is to find the exterior water shut-off valve situated inside your home (typically 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 following 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 usually an unnecessary and expensive thing to do, compared to fixing the problem yourself. Next time your plumbing needs repair, attempt pulling up this post and attempting to resolve it yourself. You might be surprised how easy it is to do!