It’s true that in most places to do any heavy-duty maintenance or modifications on plumbing, you need proper license and qualifications. But for lighter more simple work you can pick up a pair of pliers or pipe wrenches and get to work.
The first thing any homeowner should know is where are all the pipes and related fixtures located in the house. This may seem obvious, but most people do not know exactly what goes where? The plumbing is, after all, part of the anatomy of a house. After the electric items, plumbing is the second most used utility of any house.
Keeping Things Clean
Drainage problems are some of the most common issues any household will face. Drains are part of the all water usage, except the outside hose. Therefore, keeping things moving is highly important from a usage as well as a hygienic point of view. This can be accomplished by using store bought chemicals. Baking soda is a popular home based remedy to keep drains clean. However, chemicals should be used sparingly, as they can do damage to metal drainage pipes.
When it comes to drains, prevention is always better than a cure. Keeping an eye on what goes down the drain will save you major headaches down the road. If things get very bad due to large amounts of debris such as food, hair and other miscellaneous objects, then you will need to get professional help to clean the drains.
It is a good idea to keep an eye on how much water you use in a given period of time. This can be done by checking the water meter. Take a look at it before going to bed at night and look again the next morning. If it is showing that water is being used, then most likely you have a water leak issue. Do a visual inspection of all the visible pipes and if you still can find a leak, then the pipes in the walls and underground will need to be checked. It’s better to get the help of a professional to do this. Checking the water meter should be done at least once a month. Leaking pipes are not only about water loss but side effects such as mold and mildew. Not only are mold and mildew dangerous, but can be expensive to remove if left unchecked.