Calling in the professionals for every single plumbing issue in your home is about as time-consuming as it is costly. Now, don’t get us wrong at all, we love helping out our customers with any plumbing problems, both big and small. But if you are feeling empowered to DIY your simple plumbing problems, we are here to help you out with that too. From simple maintenance to leaks and clogs, there are a lot of helpful plumbing hacks that will help you save a lot of cash and headaches in the bigger picture. Here are some of the most beneficial plumbing hacks for your home!
Your Emergency Shut-Off Valve
Let’s say you’ve got an overflowing toilet that will not stop or a busted pipe down in your basement. Your first step is to step is to shut off the water at your source. Knowing where your emergency shut-off valve is can help save you some costly clean-up, water damages, and mold issues.
Clearing Your Garbage Disposal
Knowing how to use your garbage disposal helps you avoid any costly repairs and blockages. There are multiple things you shouldn’t ever put down into your disposal. These include:
- Fibrous foods, such as celery, sprouts, or asparagus
- Oils, fats, and greases
- Coffee grounds
- Starchy food, such as peels, rice, beans, or pasta
Avoid DIY Drain Cleaners
We cannot stress this enough: commercial drain cleaners are bad news for your home’s plumbing system. They are too strong and will corrode your pipes over time. A DIY cleaner is a lot safer, easy, and cheaper. For more significant clogs, try to pour boiling water down into the affected drain, followed by a ½ cup of baking soda. Then let this sit for about five minutes. Then, pour in a cup of vinegar and wait for about another five minutes. Flush with warm water to finish off this plumbing hack.
Tackling Clogged Toilets
Your very first pro-plumber move and plumbing hack for a clogged toilet is to have a plunger in each bathroom in your home. If there is an overflowed toilet, then time is the essence. You do not want to run all the way upstairs for the only plunger inside your home. This will ensure you can stop the initial damages in your toilet.
A RESIDENTIAL & COMMERCIAL PLUMBING COMPANY YOU CAN TRUST
Alpha Plumbing is a full-service plumbing and contracting company serving the Baltimore and Annapolis metro area with expertise in all aspects of plumbing. We’re family-owned and operated since 1991 from our office in Pasadena. We offer quality plumbing services at reasonable rates in a timely fashion. Our trucks are equipped with GPS systems to ensure we’re prompt and on time. No job is too large or too small! We maintain a fleet of well-stocked trucks and also own and operate our own backhoes for jobs requiring excavation.
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