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Plumbing Tips

For all those handyman-in-training, this place is for you. For those experienced plumbers, this would only take a minute.

SIMPLE plumbing tips for families

Preventing kitchen drain clogs.

  • Kitchen sink drains clog most often because of a buildup of grease that traps food particles
  • It can be also hair and soap that clogs up the drains.
  • Proper disposal of kitchen waste will keep sink drain clogs to a minimum
  • Do not pour grease down the kitchen sink no gravy into the sink!
  • Don't waste coffee grounds down the sink, throw them away instead.
  • Every few months, remove the overflow plate on a tub and pull up the pop-up assembly to reach the spring or rocker arm.  Remove the accumulated hair and rinse thoroughly.
  • Run cleaners containing sodium hydroxide or sodium nitrate into the sink drain every few months to clear away the clog and grease.

Shower Heads Maintenance

  • If your shower head leaks where it meets the arm, you probably need to replace the washer. To reach it, loosen the collar, using tape-wrapped rib-joint pliers. Unscrew the head from the adjusting ring.
  • Erratic or weak pressure usually indicates mineral buildup. To restore proper flow, clean outlet holes with a pin or unscrew a perforated face plate and soak it overnight in vinegar, then scrub it clean.

Water leakages

High water bills will be the first indication of a leaking pipe.  It is very easy to check and locate where the leak is.  Check that all the taps are closed tightly and go to the water meter, if the dial is still moving, there is an unknown leak somewhere in your house.

How to locate the leak

  • If the water is staining or dripping off from the ceiling, the leak will be directly above.
  • If you notice an unusual pool of water accumulating, locate the source around the pool of water by finding any pipes that are close to it.

Fixing the leak

  • You can either change a section of new pipe or you can use a rubber blanket and close it up on the leak and use a clamp to clamp it tight while the supply of the new pipe comes in.
  • Another possible method will be to use epoxy to fill in the point of leakage.  This must be done when the pipe is dry.  Once the epoxy hardens, run the water and see if there is still any leaks.