Save Money: Plumbing Fixes You Can Do Yourself
The first thing I realized when we bough a home two years ago was that any plumbing repairs were now our responsibility. I had enjoyed the safety net of being a renter and not having to worry about repairs. However, the desire to own a home won out and after relocating 9 hours away from family and friends, we were on our own. That should not sound scary to a women in her mid-30s but it did because we had left our security nets behind. My husband is very handy and he quickly assured me that he could handle a lot of plumbing fixes without the need to call a plumber. These fixes do not require a lot of knowledge and are things that anyone is capable of doing. Discover how easy it is to save money when you tackle these plumbing fixes.
DIY Plumbing Fixes
- Clear a Slow Moving Drain – As pipes get clogged and debris build up inside, the water will take longer to drain. If it is a sink the first thing to do is to check the trap for any clogs. Place a bucket or bowl under the sink trap and undo it. Remove the debris and wash the trap in a bucket with clean water. Replace the trap and check to see if it is still running slowly. If it is then you will want to use a Gel Clog Remover to get any clogs that are further in the pipes. The thickness of the gel helps to break down stubborn clogs and allow the water to drain freely.
- Unclog a Hair Clog – Use a hair strainer to stop hair from clogging up the drain while in the shower. There are several options available at your local hardware store. If you already have a clog, treat it with a special Hair Clog Remover. It is thicker than traditional clog removers and works to dissolve the hair that is trapped. Before you pour it down the drain, make sure to clean any hair that is visible at the top of the drain. If you have a drain cover, unscrew it and clean any hair off the cover.
- Clean Kitchen Pipes – The kitchen pipes can get clogged easily with the amount of food, greasy products, and other things that go down the drain. To decrease the problem, make sure to scrape all your dishes in the garbage before rinsing them in the sink. Even with a garbage disposal it is not recommended to put large amounts of food down the drain. You also need to avoid pouring grease, coffee grounds, vegetable peels, and egg shells down the drain. To keep the kitchen pipe cleans, treat them with a Build Up Remover that will help coat the pipes and prevent build up.
- Monthly Septic System Treatments – Keep your Septic System working well and avoid costly septic repairs by treating it with the Roto-Rooter Septic Treatment. It is specially formulated to help prevent septic backups and uses 2X more enzymes than the leading national brand. This allows it to eliminate MORE paper, fats, oils, grease, protein, and starch. Use it monthly to avoid costly and messy backups.
Remember, that prevention is an important factor in saving on plumbing costs and will go a long way to help you avoid costly repairs. If you are handy with tools, you can also check You Tube for other plumbing fixes to help you tackle your repairs and save money on a plumber.
What simple plumbing fixes have you taken on to save money? Do you use any of the products from Roto-Rooter? Let us know in the comment section below.