8 Basic Home Plumbing Tips Everyone Should Know

Mar 31, 2018 | Main Blog | 23 comments

Home Plumbing Tips – Keep These Plumbing Basics In Mind

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Plumbing is a skill every DIY enthusiast should know because there are some plumbing problems that can be solved on our own and there are those that require professional help. Sometimes, these plumbing problems come out when you least expect them. Even if it’s a major plumbing problem, you can still do something about it to help solve the problem before professional help arrives. So what kind of plumbing tips do you need to remember?

 
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Home Plumbing Tips – Keep These Plumbing Basics In Mind

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Easily solve any basic plumbing issue by knowing what to do. Follow these tips and know the steps to solving basic plumbing woes so you won’t need to call for help and pay for their service. Wouldn’t it be fulfilling to know the ins and outs of the system in your house? Here are some basic tips and instructions for common issues.

1. How to Fix a Leaky Faucet

How to Fix a Leaky Faucet | Home Plumbing Tips - Keep These Plumbing Basics In Mind

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Save water and stop leakages in your home by knowing how to fix leaky faucets. It’s not as hard as you think. Here’s a quick tip: start with the handles. Sometimes, loose handles can cause leaky faucets. Simply tighten the area around the handles to get rid of the leak. This is one of the best plumbing tips around. Click here to know more about leaks.

2. Fix a Clogged Sink or Tub Drain

Fix a Clogged Sink or Tub Drain | Home Plumbing Tips - Keep These Plumbing Basics In Mind

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You don’t need a drain cleaner to get rid of a clogged drain or sink. There’s an easy way to solve this type of issue. Get a plunger. Secure the drain/sink area with its suction and start plunging. This helps loosen the debris and get water trapped inside the pipes circulating again. Read some more tips on dealing with problematic drains here.

3. Replace Metal Drain Lines with Plastic

Replace Metal Drain Lines with Plastic | Home Plumbing Tips - Keep These Plumbing Basics In Mind

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While metal pipes are stronger, I prefer plastic pipes. Plastic pipes are cheaper and they are easier to install too. A plastic pipe makes it easy to detect and troubleshoot leaks and other piping problems. Click here to know more about your plumbing pipes.

4. Remove the faucet this way

Remove the faucet this way | Home Plumbing Tips - Keep These Plumbing Basics In Mind

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Don’t know how to remove a faucet? Do it just like how the plumbers do. This will require you to crawl under the sink, so get ready to get down and dirty. First, shut off all the valves to cut off the water supply to the faucet. Look for the retaining nuts that secures the faucet and remove them. Next, pull the faucet underneath the sink and through the mounting holes. It’s that easy.   Check a more detailed instruction on removing the faucet here.

5. Know what a Pop-up Drain Stopper is

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The mechanical devices that use a system of links and levers to move a drain stoppers up and down is called a pop-up. This actually helps seal the toilet bowls and sinks. Click here to know more about how to properly fix a pop-up stopper.

6. Fix a Clog in Seconds

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A clogged sink is problematic, but you can solve it easily with this nifty trick. Grab a thin wire and make a hook at the end of it. Drop it down the drain and simply pull. This helps you get rid of hair, paper, and other solid objects that get stuck down a drain. If the drain is big enough, you can use a wet/dry shop vac to get rid of clogs. Check out more clog-removal tips right here.

7. Know the difference between PVC and CPVC

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Yes, they are different and not just because the other name has one more letter in it. CPVC pipes are a lot tougher and more durable than PVC pipes.  Know the difference between these pipes and more here.

8. Don’t Overtighten Supply Lines

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It’s actually risky to overtighten, compared to undertightening, your supply lines because it can destroy your rubber seals. Click here to know more.

Here is a video tutorial from eHow at Home on how you can fix leaking PEX pipes:

You don’t need to call a plumber to fix minor plumbing issues. As long as you remember these plumbing tips, you can solve the problem yourself or try to minimize the damage before professional help arrives.

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23 Comments

  1. Bram

    Thanks for that tip about how to fix a leaky faucet! I didn’t know that it could be so simple! I also wanted to say that, sometimes the best tip is knowing when you are in over your head and need a professional plumber.

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  2. Surrey air conditioner

    Checking the leaks in toilet is very important as if continuously leakage occurs then there is lot of water loss will occur as this will also damage your ceiling of your home and surface of the house. So, when there is small leakage occur call the professional plumber and solve your problem immediately without any further waiting.

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  3. Abby Tolintino

    Such a great and informative post. This can be a big help for me with my future project

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  4. Carl Reyes

    Thank you for posting and allowing us to learn more ideas!

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  5. Callie Marie

    Thanks for explaining how plumbers would remove a faucet by crawling under the sink. I didn’t realize how difficult this job would be. Plus, it looks like it requires a special tool in the picture. For someone who doesn’t do a lot of DIY projects around the house, it would be safer to call a professional plumber.

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  6. Sandra Patterson

    Thank you for the comment about plastic pipes being a good replacement for metal pipes, since they are easier to install and easier to detect piping problems. The sink in my kitchen has been acting up recently, and I think I need to have a plumber come in and take a look at it. I’ll bring up to whoever I end up hiring that they should install plastic pipes if they have to replace anything, to make future replacements easier.

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  7. Penelope Smith

    It is good to know that you shouldn’t overtighten supply lines. That does seem like something you could easily do on accident. It might be smart to get a professional to do any plumbing maintenance for you.

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  8. Gaston Gosselin

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  9. Regan Miguel

    Thanks a lot very much for the high quality and results-oriented help. I won’t think twice to endorse your blog post to anybody who wants and needs support about this area

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  10. Mark Jagger

    Thanks for sharing these tips. I want to add some important points here. Leaky pipes, clogged sink, bathroom drainage issues are very common and can be handled with some quick fixes of DIY tips, however, calling expert plumbers can make your task a lot easier. An expert plumber can fix any kind of plumbing issue with ease and expertise. They are certified and qualified people with years of hands-on experience.

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  11. Ruben White

    Thank you for these very helpful tips you shared with us. It is important to know these tips. So that if we encounter a problem we will know how to fix it by ourselves.

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  12. Stefan Bradley

    I didn’t know that overtightening your supply lines can cause the rubber seals to deteriorate. My wife and I need help fixing our toilet. It may be best to hire a professional so that we can avoid damaging our plumbing system.

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  13. Michael Stathopulo

    Just the post I was looking for. This is something that could give me information about what I needed to know.

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  14. Darrien Hansen

    I had no idea that a thin wire with a hook can help you easily unclog your drain. I need help unclogging my bathroom drain. It may be best for me to hire a professional who has the tools needed to properly clean my drain.

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  15. ALEXANDRA

    I love all of this information and they are so simple and easy to implement! Thank you.

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  16. John Muskit

    This is a really informative post thumbs up. I also have a suggestion as given by incredible plumbers at “Pro Serve Plumbing”. They were kind enough to tell me a tip if I ever had a clogged drain and needed to do an immediate action. Just take boiling hot water and mix some vinegar with it then pour it into the effected area. It is an expert’s opinion and surely worked for me I really hope it works for others too!

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  17. Matt Gustavson

    Great info here for homeowners; especially for potential sellers, its great to complete any repairs yourself you can to maximize sale price and attract home buyers.

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  18. Justin Newman

    In your Blog I found better information from other about Home Plumbing Tips. Thanks For posting such a informative Blog and keep Posting Some more.

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  19. Kelly plumbing

    Good day! Thank you for sharing this article about basic home plumbing tips. Love your writing skills, Waiting For More.

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  20. Brayan James

    These are some excellent tips on residential plumbing. Bathroom and Kitchen sink drains are the most common issues that we face. So, we need to give chemicals first try, and if there is no solution then calling residential plumbers can help you in unclogging such drains.

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  21. Toby Ryan

    I didn’t know that you can help loosen any accumulated debris by using a plunger on your drain. Ever since my wife and children tried to bathe our dog in the master bathroom, we have noticed that our shower drain has become clogged. We’ll consider finding a plumber to help clean out the drain.

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  22. Derek Swain

    I didn’t know that tightening loose handles can prevent your faucet from leaking. My wife and I are interested in installing a kitchen sink in our fixer-upper home, but we are worried that the faucet that we buy will leak if we do not install it properly. We’ll be sure that we learn how to correctly install our faucet before we buy the plumbing supplies that we need.

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  23. Ashok Kethiguntla

    this is really so informative post, all should be known about this, it is also important to choose the best accessories that long last, here some of the accessories.

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The Benefits of Oil Heat

Oct 31, 2018 | Main Blog | 4 comments

The Benefits of Oil Heat

Ask any oil heat consumer if they would like to switch to another heating fuel option and you’ll be hard-pressed to find someone that’s jumping at the chance to make the change. That’s because today’s oil heat and heating equipment offer so many great benefits to consumers—and to the environment—that it’s a no brainer to stay with this affordable, safe, efficient, clean, and reliable fuel.

Benefits of Home Heating Oil & Oil Heat Equipment

It’s Clean

  • Oil is non-toxic, contains no carcinogens, and is biodegradable.
  • According to the EPA, oil burners are one of the cleanest combustion sources. New oil burners boast near-zero emissions of smoke or combustible discharge.
  • Furnaces are cleaner, too—energy efficiency upgrades and a new high-efficiency heating system can often cut your furnace’s pollution output in half.

It’s Affordable

  • Heating oil prices this winter were the lowest we’ve seen in years, and prices are expected to stay low for the next heating season. Compared to the 2014-2015 heating season, there was on average an $0.89 drop in price per gallon for US residential oil heat consumers during the 2015-2016 season. For a 275 gallon tank, the average household saved nearly $245 per full-tank fill-up compared to the previous heating season!
  • By upgrading your older heating system to a new high-efficiency system, you can often cut your fuel bills in half each year, giving you a potential payback of your system upgrade in under five years…
  • …which also means updating oil equipment can actually SAVE you money in the long run. Who doesn’t love a return on investment?

It’s Efficient

  • Oil burners provide the hottest flames, which means that oil heats your home faster and uses less fuel to do so.
  • Oil puts out more heat per energy units (BTUs) than other fuels.
  • Upgrading to a high-efficiency furnace or boiler can increase your system’s efficiency by at least 28%.

It’s Reliable

  • You can store your oil tank(s) on your own property, where you have control over your fuel supply. Plus, if there’s ever a need for emergency service, your local oil heat provider will often be out ASAP to help solve the problem.
  • As a customer of a local oil dealer, you often have the opportunity to choose which services you need, such as automatic oil deliveries for added peace of mind.
  • 14 million other homes have chosen to heat with oil and continue to enjoy all the benefits!

It’s Safe

  • Oil is a non-explosive fuel and won’t burn unless it’s preheated to 140 degrees, so there is very little chance that it would ever ignite.
  • If your oil heating system malfunctions, it will produce clear warning signs like smoke, odors, or soot.
  • Oil tank storage has no threat to the health of your family or the environment, and tanks are built to last decades. There are also affordable services available to protect your oil tank and proactively prevent it from leaking—check with your local oil heat provider to see if they offer a tank protection program.
  • Many local oil companies provide 24/7 emergency service in the event an issue does arise.

 

Source: South Central Pennsylvania Energy Association

4 Comments

  1. It’s good to know more about heating oil and its benefits. I love the fact that it’s really cheap, especially right now. Plus, if we get an efficient system, like you said, we can save a ton of money this year. I’ll have to look into this some more.

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  2. I suppose I should switch to fuel oil and have it delivered to my home since it’s a clean source of energy. Because you said that it’s also affordable, I’m convinced to use it in the next coming months. Maybe I’ll be able to save money as well because it’s efficient so I’ll really consider this.

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  3. I like the idea of being able to have oil tanks stored on your own property where you have control over your own supply. My husband really wants to switch to a different fuel source, and has been thinking about oil. I think we could definitely do that, we will just need help getting everything worked out with getting it installed.

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  4. It ‘s great that you embellished on oil fuel being a clean source of energy because it doesn’t contain carcinogens. One of my cousins bought a house that uses oil for the furnace, and he wants to replace the heating system. I will let him know that it’s actually a good furnace, and to look for an oil supplier and ask him more about the fuel.

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