You don’t usually think much about your plumbing in Water -until something goes wrong. If you are having a problem or are considering replacing some of your pipes or perhaps your water heater, it’s not a bad idea to check into what technology has to offer these days.
Even things as seemingly dull as your kitchen sink or bathroom pipes are the subjects of research on a regular basis. Companies want to stay ahead of the curve, so they create new technologies all the time.
Basic Safety For Home Plumbing Projects
Plumbing systems have been used for thousands of years to provide drinking water and remove water-borne wastes from buildings. In fact, "plumber" is derived from the latin word "plumbum," meaning lead. Beginning with the Romans, lead was the material of choice for plumbing pipes because it was soft and easy to fabricate. Some older cities, such as Boston, still have much lead plumbing. So residents with lead plumbing are advised to let water flow briefly to dispel any lead that has leached into the water.
New plumbing installations use copper or various kinds of plastic piping.
Clogged drains are perhaps the most common plumbing problem. Clogged toilets can be caused by the buildup of calcium deposits inside the toilet bowl. Quite often a child has flushed a toy or other object down the toilet, which is restricting the flow. If the clog cannot be relieved with a rubber toilet plunger, a plumber may need to be called.
The heater may have developed a leak, which extinguished the pilot light. A leak also means the basement could be flooded, if the leak suddenly worsens.
A tapping noise or vibration, which is heard when the hot water is running, may be water hammer. It is caused when long runs of pipes are not fastened securely. A rumbling sound in the water heater may indicate the bottom electric heating element is covered by a sludge deposit in the bottom of the tank.
If the homeowner cannot correct the problem with common-sense solutions, it is time to call a reputable plumber.
Every homeowner should develop a working relationship with a reliable plumber, one who will give 24/7 emergency service. Plumbing emergencies seem to happen at night or on the weekend. Few things paralyze a busy household like a plumbing emergency.
Broken Flush: What You Can Do
Just because a drain in your home gets blocked, that doesn't necessarily mean that you are at the mercy of a plumber, in fact there are a number of things you can try on your own that may help loosen and do away with the blockage before you have to consider hiring a professional for assistance.
Some of the most basic home remedies will often do the trick provided that the blockage isn't too far down the drain to be reached or if the blockage is so severe that it can't properly be cleaned at all. For many of the home remedies it won't even be necessary to leave our home - things like pouring very hot water into the drain in an effort to loosen a clog, or pouring a combination of vinegar and baking soda down the drain to "eat away" at the clog are very simple remedies that will often work on very simple clogs and blockages.
Even if you have to go to the next level and remove the trap under the sink for hand cleaning, you may have the necessary hand tools to perform this small job at home as well. Newer sink traps can often be removed with an adjustable wrench and the cleaning will require no special equipment or skills to perform, it could simply be a matter of reaching in and removing the blockage. This may not sound like the most glamorous job, but common blockages are normally just comprised of hair,(in bathrooms) or grease and food particles - a quick and easy clean out without incurring the expense of a plumber's visit.
A plumber will have access to a whole lot more, not to mention a whole lot better, equipment - plus years of training and experience to get the knowledge required to handle things that you aren't capable of. If you have even the slightest notion that you are in over your head, call in a professional before you make an even bigger mess of the situation.
What To Do During Plumbing Emergencies