When it comes to home maintenance, we tend to approach it in one of two ways.

1. If it isn’t broke, don’t fix it.

2. Out of sight, out of mind.

That’s also why when something happens, it creates a mini disaster because we are unprepared to deal with the consequences.

While some home maintenance items are small in nature, and can take weeks, even months to become a bigger, more annoying problem, that’s rarely the case with plumbing. When a problem exists with plumbing, you know it right away, and its an instant mess that you have to deal with at once.

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Which means the more you know about plumbing up front, the more you can avoid those annoying, sometimes disastrous problems that can grow quickly when you least expect it.

Here are a few things you may have heard about plumbing in the past, things you may even be doing right now, and tips and advice on how to improve your plumbing knowledge so you can avoid problems down the road.

Use ice cubes in your garbage disposal. Online, you can find all kinds of advice on what to send down to clean and keep your garbage disposal in top condition. While some advice isn’t the best, adding ice cubes is. Chopping up ice gives your blades a workout that keeps them sharp.

Putting things in your toilet tank is not a way to reduce the amount of water used. There used to be a commonly promoted idea that placing a brick in a toilet tank was a great way to save on water. The problem is this same brick can disintegrate over time, causing rubble, sand and sediment to work its way into your tank’s flushing mechanism, causing it to leak and break faster. The best way to save on water is to purchase and install a water saving toilet. There are many options on the market today, including a water saving dual flush toilet that is perfect for the busiest room in your home.

A properly working septic tank does not require regular additives in order to improve performance. Marketing works wonders, and many companies will have you believing you need to add a variety of things on a regular basis, from odor control to solid reducing additives. False. A septic tank is designed to take care of all of those functions if working in a proper manner.

All plumbing joints should not be tightened as hard as possible. When making DIY repairs, its easy to use the wrench and tighten things as hard as you can. Yet that can actually put more stress on the threads and cause your fixtures and joints to wear out quicker than normal. A firm connection is simply a half turn of the wrench more than hand tight is just right.

The best way to get instant hot water is not by installing a tankless hot water heater. Tankless water heaters don’t store hot water; instead they heat it and supply it when demanded. However, if your tankless water heater is in one section of your home, and your shower is in the opposite corner, you will still have wait time while the hot water is delivered. If you want instant hot water the moment you turn on the faucet, you’ll need a recirculating hot water system instead.

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Thinking of making a change in your home? Maybe it’s time to talk with a plumbing consulting company to find out more about new technologies, and ways to make your home even more efficient.

Plumbing consultants are plumbing experts that can guideplumbingconsulting Plumbing Consulting – When Is It Right For You? you into the right direction with your plumbing needs. They can help you with:

  • Performing a home energy audit, giving you advice on ways to go green with your plumbing. From water conservation, to energy efficiency, there are many things we can all do to help the environment.
  • Redesigning your current living space. Whether you are finishing a basement, redesigning your kitchen, or updating your master bath, a plumbing consultant can offer you suggestions on the best technology and the best resources on the market today.
  • Building a new home for a growing family or downsizing for retirement. More people are changing out floor plans for aging in place, and being able to live in your home through all types of unexpected challenges. A plumbing expert can give you suggestions on how to get the most out the space you are planning for.
  • Changes inside and out. While most people associate plumbing with inside living space, there are a number of things a plumber can help you with outdoors. If you’re building water features such as ponds and fountains, or looking at an outdoor living space, its important to make sure your plumbing is in top shape. It’s also a good idea in more mature areas to check your water main and sewer lines for backups or potential problems. It’s easier to correct things before you begin building your outside features.

Plumbers are there to answer your questions, and provide you with resources and advice on what’s possible. Make sure your plumber has experience and knowledge in the plumbing industry, and can help you with today’s top technology. You’ll be amazed at what’s possible.

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One of a homeowners worst nightmares is a broken or backed up water main. Even though the problem needs to be handled quickly, the thought of destroying mature landscape and have days of holes and trenches all over the yard can be daunting at best.iStock 000007262887XSmall 300x188 Trenchless Water Main Replacement System

But thanks to technology, there is an alternative. A Trenchless Water Main Replacement System is a process that allows the replacement of existing pipe without having to dig a trench, and therefore will not have an impact on your homes landscaping, including patios, decks, walkways, or driveways. The trenchless system can be used to replace a variety of piping, including your water, sewage and gas lines.

The pipe used in the trenchless system is made of a strong polyethylene that is virtually root and chemical proof. It has a life expectancy of well over 100 years, and is quickly becoming the standard in all underground piping installations. The piping is seamed to fit on the job site, and is pulled into place underground using trenchless technology. Plus the benefits to you as a homeowner are many:

  • Quick Installation – a normal project can easily be completed in just a day or two.
  • Cost Effective – replace the broken or backed up pipe instead of having to replace landscaping too.
  • Strong – because of its strong construction and seamless design, it’s a great way to guard against future problems.

Check with your local plumber to learn more about your options when replacing old pipes.

With a trenchless system, the old pipe is located and prepped for replacement. Both ends – the beginning and ending pipe or the problem area – are found and cut. The polyethylene pipe is laid out and seamed together to create the correct length. A cable is used to snake through the pipe, and lead the new pipe through the existing pipe, breaking away the old. As a trained technician, your plumber will ensure the entire process occurs smoothly, and corrects the original problem.

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One of the largest, most unpleasant jobs you can face in your home is clean up iStock 000006106687XSmall How To Clean Up After Your Sewer Backs Up after a sewer back up.

Find The Problem
While it is important to begin clean up immediately to avoid further damage, its equally important to locate the source of the problem. A sewer backup or break can be caused by a variety of things: basement flooding, tree root growth, or even breakage of pipes. Your local plumber is experienced in finding and dealing with sewer problems, and can assist you in any sewer issues. Make sure the source is located and fixed to avoid further damage.

Pump Out The Water
Before you can remove solid particles and begin a thorough cleanup, you have to remove standing water. Use submersible pumps to remove water. When the water reaches a reasonable level, you can begin using wet/dry vacuums to remove the remaining moisture from the floors.

Remove Your Personal Belongings
While some of your belongings may be damaged beyond repair, it is important to remove them from the area, and begin restoration as quickly as possible.

Clean up and Dehumidify
Open windows and doors if possible to begin circulating air through the affected area. You may also with to use a dehumidifier to further remove moisture from the room.

Prevention
Avoid sewer damage through prevention measures. Your local plumber has many tools to easily see the condition of your drain and sewer lines. With fiber optics, the plumber can view inside the lines, see small problems before the become big, and offer recommendations before backups occur. This is especially important in older homes where trees may be more of an issue.

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