Top 5 Important Plumbing Tips for Homeowners

top-5-plumbing-tips-a-homeowner-should-knowYou can save yourself hundreds, if not thousands by just following a few of our tips listed below:

Plumbing under the Kitchen Sink

Have you experienced the sprayers under the kitchen sink got stuck? Quick and easy fix is to make sure that pipes are not stuck or attached to the water shut-off valves. A quick and inexpensive fix is to slip some one-half inch foam pipe insulation over the valves and the pipes.

Runny Toilet

The number one water waste can come from a runny toilet. A quick check to ensure the ball or flapper is completely closed can help you save a ton. Additionally, make sure to check the chain to see whether it’s too tight, if so, loosen it. Lastly, inspect to see if the water level is set higher than the overflow pipe and adjust the water level as needed.

Kitchen Sink Backup

Every once in a while you garbage disposal can get clogged with grease or vegetables that are fibrous. Important note: Always turn off the power to the disposal unit at the circuit box before attempting to unclog it. Just some tips: make sure to use a long-handled spoon or a pair of tongs to pull out the debris; whatever you do, NEVER stick your hand into the disposal. Running hot water for a few minutes Run hot water for a minute and then turn the power back on and run the unit with cold water to see if the clog is gone.

Additional tips includes, try not to pour grease down the sink. Avoid disposing foods such as meats, corn husks, celery, asparagus, etc to avoid clogging.

Leaking Pipes

The immediate plan of action if you notice a leaky is to turn off your water supply to the pipe. To fix or repair the pipe, simply wrap a sheet of rubber around the section of the pipe that is leaking. Ideally, you want to connect a sleeve clamp to tighten the rubber; however, an adjustable hose clamp should do the trick as well. If you have a leaky pipe, especially in Las Vegas, give us a call and we will be more than happy to examine and repair.

Shower Head Clogged?

Las Vegas water is considered to be hard and over time, it is pretty common to see mineral deposits in your shower heads. A trick to open the clog is by using warm vinegar and an old toothbrush. Another method is to remove the shower head and submerge it in a bowl of warm vinegar for about an hour. Most of the mineral deposits should dissolve. If any remain, use an old toothbrush to gently scrub away the remaining deposits. Rinse the shower head and re-attach it.

DMS Plumbing has been servicing Southern Nevada and the Las Vegas Valley with our team of experienced plumbers. From new homeowners to existing homeowners, we have helped saved our clients thousands.

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