Sure, plumbing might not be rocket science — but for someone with no plumbing experience, it can seem like speaking Greek. The idea behind plumbing work is to move and remove water and waste from your home. As anyone who has ever had to call a plumber can attest to, though, sometimes the smallest things can cost you the most. That is why preventative care for your pipes and drains is the best way to keep water smoothly flowing around your house.
To ensure that you don’t have to call in a plumber to help, make sure to follow these tips from the plumbing in Winnipeg industry.
1 When possible put food scraps in the trash instead of the sink
You have a garbage disposal, so the sky’s the limit when it comes to food scraps, right? Not so fast. If you have large scraps or things that won’t break down so easily, then it is always best to put scraps in the trash instead of using your garbage disposal. If you have a high-powered disposal you can put scraps in the sink, but to be safe, just put food waste in the trash whenever possible.
2 Reverse Osmosis is the way to go
Reverse osmosis is an excellent way to remove contaminants from your water. It removes almost 30 of the most dangerous chemicals that come from your tap water and is way healthier than filtered water in chemical-laden bottles. The best part about reverse osmosis is that the cost-to-benefit ratio is next to nothing.
3 If a plumbing fixture isn’t used — don’t use it
If you have a faucet that is rarely used, then it has been sitting collecting all sorts of bacterial and microbial growth. If your faucet hasn’t been used in a long time, then it is probably unsafe to drink from it. If you want to start using it again, then remove the cap and clean it. Also, make sure that your fixtures don’t ever sit idle too long; run them weekly to keep them less contaminated in case you want to use them.
4 Should I use Drano or other chemicals?
Drano and other anti-clogging chemical products that you can buy over the counter are not good for your piping materials. They are also not safe for you. The best way to get rid of a clog is by using a cable. Skip the heavy chemicals that will likely do more harm than good, and rent a cable to get past that nasty clog.
5 Should you cable the main sewer if it plugs frequently?
If you continue to cable the main sewer that is repeatedly clogging, then you risk sewage backup — which is not only disgusting but can also be extremely costly. If you have a defective sewer, then you have to fix it — period. Prolonging the issue by simply cabling it yearly to put a band-aid on the damage will eventually come back to haunt you. Call a professional to have your sewer fixed and bite the bullet before it gets more expensive.
6 Why your water bill might suddenly be much higher
If your water bill suddenly increases dramatically, then there is a good chance that you have a leaky toilet in your house where the flapper needs to be replaced. If you want to check for a leaky toilet, put food coloring in the back of the tank. If the colored water makes its way back into the toilet, then you have your answer.
7 Do I really need a plumbing permit?
Water can be a highly destructive thing to any house if plumbing isn’t done correctly. No, it is not rocket science, but having the wrong plumbing apparatus or hook-up can cause major damage to your home. It also can have a profound effect on your health. Breathing in vapors from sewage can be extremely harmful. A permit will ensure that the plumbing work is done correctly and to code so that you aren’t left with damage from anything leaking, or — worse yet — cleaning up dangerous things like mold or breathing noxious air.
Plumbing is a skill like any other professional skill. There are some times when you can do plumbing repairs yourself. But if it is a little more than just a quick fix, it is best to involve the pros who know what they are doing.