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Caring for Plumbing Fixtures

Caring for Plumbing Fixtures is the best way to avoid unnecessary expenses, and inconveniences that damaged plumbing apparatus can bring about. Although daily use and usual wear and tear will eventually lead to damage, and successively the need for repairs or replacements, these can all be delayed when household members consciously use plumbing fixtures with care.

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Here are some tips in caring for plumbing fixtures at home:

  1. Follow instruction manuals. Manufacturers of plumbing fixtures provide a manual for their clients on how to care for and maintain the fixture bought from them. Apart from how to use and clean the fixture, it also details what materials and cleansers can be used on the fixture without damaging it, and how often it should be cleaned. If in case the manuals have been lost, or have not been passed on by the previous homeowner, then head on to the official website of the manufacturer to download the information guide on the product.
  2. Clean regularly. Wiping down surfaces, or washing with soap and water and drying with soft cloth will not hurt bathroom and kitchen plumbing fixtures. For some materials it may even help prevent rusting and corrosion, so do not skip cleaning them on a weekly basis.
  3. Avoid clogging the pipes. Protect the toilets and drains from items that may clog it such as non-flushable wipes, panty liners, and napkins. In the kitchen, food bits, as well as used cooking oil are the common culprits for slow and clogged drains. In the shower area, falling hair usually clog drains. To help avoid clogs, there are drain catches and filters that can be installed on sink drains, and there are hair catchers for shower drains. Used oil meanwhile should not be disposed on kitchen sink drains, instead it should just be disposed in the trash.
  4. Avoid DIY Troubleshooting. Troubleshooting plumbing issues may be initially cost effective, but it can be counterproductive – and could even lead to more expenses and inconveniences in the long run. When faced with a plumbing problem, avoid troubleshooting it on one’s own especially when it is something major. Avoid over-the-counter declogging solutions that might be too abrasive or corrosive, and might just cause more trouble. Get in touch with your neighborhood plumber.
  5. Schedule Regular Plumbing Maintenance. It is important to schedule regular plumbing maintenance to discover possible concerns in plumbing, and be able to resolve it early on before it wreaks havoc on the budget, and cause hassles.

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When to Call an Emergency Plumber

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There are plumbing problems that can wait, and plumbing concerns that cannot wait. Plumbing emergencies can take place any time of the day, any day of the week – even holidays and weekends. And now that a homeowner can tap the services of an emergency plumber anytime determining when to describe a plumbing issue as an “emergency” that cannot wait for sunrise will definitely be something that a homeowner should carefully evaluate.

So what are the tell-tale signs that a plumbing problem merits a call to the emergency plumber?

Here are the issues that you have to watch out for.

Plumbing problems that merit a call to an Emergency plumber:

  1. A Pipe Burst – A busted pipe is a sure sign of a plumbing emergency that should immediately be attended too by an emergency plumber. Such thing usualy happens during the winter season when pipes freeze, and then suddenly burst. Attempting to work independently, could give way to bigger problems like water damage and home flooding.
  2. A Faucet or Water Supply Portal that cannot be turned off – When something goes wrong with a faucet or a water supply source in the home, and it continuously pours water out to a sin or a tub, the risk of overflowing is high. At the onset of such problem, get in touch with an emergency plumber as he has the special tools to address the matter. He can also istall a much better plumbing fixture that can avoid similar problems in the future.
  3. A Clogged Toilet – When a toilet in your home is clogged up, and remains so inspite of all your efforts to remove the clog sing a plunger, then it signifies that there may be a blockage in your sewage problem, or worst – there could be a sewage issue. If this is the oly toilet in your home, immediately get in touch with a plumber who has the technical expertise and appropriate tools to resolve the problem immediately. He also has the technical know hoew in evaluating if there is a bigger problem in your sewage line that would need to be addressed ASAP.

While other plumbing problems can still wait for the next business day, it is important to take note of occurences surrounding the plumbing concern at hand. Such information may be critical as the plumber diagnoses the exact problem that may have occurred in a home’s plumbing system.

And while a homeowner may think twice about the cost of hiring an emergency plumber, he or she should take into consideration the possible damage the plumbing emergency may bring, as it is highly probable that the damage that the plumbing emergency may cost will be more than the amount of the emergency plumbing services rendered to the property.

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