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Tips for Every DIY Plumber

If you don’t have the slightest clue what to do in regards to plumbing, it can seem overwhelming. When a pipe bursts it can seem daunting to even think about attempting to fix it yourself.

It’s best to start off slow.

Learn some small tips and tweaks and dip your toe in the water before undertaking anything too extravagant.

So with this post, we won’t be tackling any large projects or be trying to get you to replace your entire bathroom. We’ll just give you a few ideas of things you can do around your house today to get you used to plumbing and make sure your home is in order.

However, if you prefer calling a professional to take care of your plumbing system and you are a resident of El Paso, TX, call Genesis Plumber. It is an El Paso based plumbing company having tons of happy customers. Find more info about their services on this website.

Use a Bucket To Flush Your Toilet

You’ve had to call in the big guns to deal with a significant plumbing issue. Maybe there’s a problem that needs to be dealt with that’s over your head or perhaps you’re having a bathroom or a kitchen replaced and the water supply needs to be turned off.

No water means no toilet… Or does it?

Before you or your friendly neighbourhood plumber turns off the water supply, fill a gallon bucket or two with water and keep them close to hand. So even without running water, you can use the toilet and then pour your bucket(s) in to flush away the waste. Fantastic!

Fill as many buckets as you have/like. One bucket will normally be sufficient for a single flush, so you may need more than one depending on how long your water will be turned off for.

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Wrap Felt Round Loud Piping

Do your pipes creak and groan when they’re being used? The sound itself can be annoying and discomforting, making you think that there’s something wrong with them or they can burst at any moment.

Normally, this is just the sound of the copper piping expanding as the hot water runs through them. Their new expanded size rubs and chafes against the joist hangers. This isn’t generally anything to worry about but if the sound is really bugging you, or you just want to do something, you can deal with it.

Take some adhesive-backed felt strips and remove the hangers around the pipes. Wrap those strips around the pipes and reattach them to the hangers.


No more creepy creaking in the night!

Take Some Photos!

Yep, you heard that right.

If you’re in the middle of remodelling your home and the piping and electrical wires behind your walls are open and exposed, it’s a good idea to take your camera and snap a few pics.

Not because it looks pretty or to show your friends like they’re holiday snaps, but for future reference.

It’s extremely handy to know just exactly where your pipes run through if you ever have any further issues.

Trust me, it can really make things a lot easier if you know where everything is meant to be!

Keep Your Pipes In Good Shape When It’s Cold

Frozen pipes can be a nightmare.

A simple way to stop them from freezing is to keep the water trickling from the faucet and keep a heat lamp near any exposed pipework.

A more in depth way to prevent freezing is to insulate bare pipes with newspaper or a thin cloth.

If it’s too late and your pipes have already frozen, click here for a way to deal with it.

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Things Every Homeowner Should Know About Their Pipes

Moving in to or maintaining a new house can be a huge task, especially taking care of the piping system. If you don’t know the basics about your drains, pipes, and plumbing system, you could overlook something really important that could cost you a pretty penny in the future. So, to help prevent any large and expensive issues happening in your home, it is best to be informed. In this article we will review some of the basic things that every homeowner should know about the pipes in their home.

The pipes will rust over time. They shouldn’t have a huge layer of rust. That is a sin of old and undependable piping. This could lead to unknown minerals and particles ending up in the water you drink from your tap and the water that you shower with. However, if there are specks of rust here and there, don’t be alarmed. Since pipes have so much water flowing in and out and up and down so constantly, they end up rusting faster than other metal products. Read here how to remove rust from pipes.

The second thin you should know is that pipes do need to be cleaned regularly. Adding some draining fluid and/or buildup dissolvent and allowing it to set for thirsty minutes a week will keep your pipes sparkling clean. This will prevent buildups, clogs, and unwanted leaks from happening more often. It is not necessary to drain out and clean your pipes every week, but it is a nice habit to have. Just make sure you give them a nice bath at least once every two months and you should be in the clear.

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The third and last thing every homeowner should know about their pipes is that they are sturdy. This may seem self-explanatory, but your pipes are built to last for the long haul. So, there is no need to give them too much negative attention. Fixing and adjusting random pieces of your piping system in an effort to upgrade or “sustain” the piping will only end up damaging it in the long run. Thus, you’ll need to buy replacements which can be overwhelmingly expensive. So, instead of constantly fixing on your pipes, just make it a habit to always check for any issues that you can see, taste, or feel. Btw, Houselogic published a great article on how to choose the right pipes for your home.

Now that you are aware of these simple things to check up on, you should be able to make the best out of your home plumbing so that it lasts as long as possible.