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General Plumbing Tips
Pipe noises range from loud hammering sounds to high–pitched squeaks. The causes may be loose pipes, water logged air chambers, or water pressure that’s too high. Anchoring exposed pipes is a simple solution; other remedies such as anchoring pipes concealed inside walls, floors or ceilings, may call for a professional.
This noise occurs when you turn off the water at a faucet or an appliance quickly. The water flowing through the pipes slams to a stop, causing a hammering noise. Check for loose pipes and secure them to the wooden floor joists. Other potential problems could be air chambers within your water piping system or a high water pressure problem.
A higher than normal water bill might be your first indication of a leaking pipe. Or you might hear the sound of running water even when all your fixtures are turned off. When you suspect a leak, check the fixtures first to make sure all the faucets are tightly closed. Then go to the water meter, if you have one. If the dial is moving, you’re losing water somewhere in the system.
The sound of running water helps. If you hear it, follow it to its source. You can buy a listening device that amplifies sounds when it’s held up to a pipe. Any wall stain is likely to be below the actual location of the leak and you’ll probably need to remove part of the wall to find it. Remember, if water is staining the ceiling or dripping down, the leak is probably directly above.
A faucet that won’t yield water is the first sign of frozen pipes. If a severe cold snap hits, prevent freezing and subsequent bursting of pipes by following the suggestions below. Even if the pipes do freeze, you can thaw them before they burst if you act quickly. When temperatures fall very low, here’s how to keep your pipes from freezing:
- Keep a trickle of water running from the faucets.
- Beam a heat lamp or small heater at exposed pipes (hair dryers work well too).
- Wrap un–insulated pipes with newspapers, foam pipe insulation, or self–adhesive insulating tape.
- Keep cabinets open and doors ajar between heated and unheated rooms
Erratic or weak pressure usually indicates mineral buildup. To restore proper flow, clean outlet holes with a pin or unscrew the perforated face plate and soak it overnight in vinegar, then scrub it clean with an old toothbrush.
Sink Sprays & Diverters
A kitchen sink spray has a spray head attached to a hose, which is connected to a diverter valve in the faucet body. When you squeeze the spray head handle, the diverter valve reroutes water from the faucet to the spray head hose. If the flow is sluggish, make sure the hose isn’t kinked. Clean the aerator in the spray nozzle. Continued sluggishness may indicate diverter valve problems.
If water is leaking from your water heater check the drain valve at the base of the tank, temperature & pressure valve on the side of the tank, hole in the tank or a leak on a plumbing connection.
If your hot water is rusty or discolored this could be the result of an accumulation of rust or sediment in the tank. Other potential problems could be scale on the heating elements or a corroded water pipe.
If you do not have enough hot water there could be a quite a few potential problems. For a gas water heater, the pilot light may be out, sediment may have formed in the tank or the burner may be clogged. Otherwise, you may have a faulty thermocouple or gas valve. For an electric water heater, the temperature control may be set too low. Otherwise it’s generally a faulty heating element or thermostat. Of course, it could just be that the hot water tank itself is too small.
Plumbing Maintenance Tips
As a CCC member, you are entitled to one free complete inspection of your plumbing system. At the time of this inspection, CCC members receive a tremendous half price discount on all repairs! We take the value price of your repair and cut it in half! It is as simple as that.
With your CCC membership, you automatically become eligible for CCC value pricing, a savings of 10–15% on the total cost of all your plumbing, heating and air conditioning needs for the entire length of your plan!
Because everyone likes a sale, our CCC members receive a different special every quarter! Special discounts, new product trials, special savings, only to a select group – our CCC members! Once a quarter we will contact you via email or snail mail with a special promotion or valuable offer, only available to our CCC members!
Bathroom Remodeling Tips
Preparation for Your Bathroom Remodel
You can start by getting a good idea for the type of look and style you want. Of course this is not necessary, but it does help if you do. If you don’t know yet, look at some magazines, websites or watch some home remodeling shows to get some design ideas. Then, contact us for a free bathroom design consultation. You will be instructed by one of remodeling consultants as to what exact steps you need to take, but generally speaking, before construction begins, you’ll want to clear out the area being worked on of all your personal belongings that can be removed.
Small Bathroom Renovation
The less you have in a small area the bigger it will seem. Take time during your small bathroom renovation to get rid of clutter. This is another great time to evaluate the size of any furniture you have in the bathroom. Big cabinets or big vanities can sometimes be downsized to give you more floor room and space.
Sizing with Color
To make a small bathroom look bigger, make sure that your color palette stays in the white–to–cream color spectrum.
Choose Fixtures that Work Well Together
Make sure that you choose fixtures that will go well together. This does not always mean that you are looking for fixtures that are from the same collection, but you should make sure that nothing in your bathroom is going to clash. You can do this by taking pictures of everything you want in your bathroom and trying to imagine them all in their right places. When it comes to bathroom renovation tips, one that you should always consider is that if you cannot see it, do not do it. If you are not sure what it will look like to put that vanity and that HYPERLINK "http://www.onlinetips.org/bathtub–diy–installation"bathtub in the same bathroom, then do not do it. While it is sometimes a good idea to take a risk, that time is not when you are planning the renovation of a room this important.
Drain Cleaning & Video Camera Pipe Inspection Tips
Check for a blockage in the toilet trap or the drain itself. Remove blockage with a plunger or closet auger.
It’s always best to prevent clogs before they happen. Be alert to the warning signs of a sluggish drain. It’s easier to open a drain that’s slowing down than one that’s stopped completely. Run or pour scalding water down the drain to break up grease buildups. If hot water doesn’t unclog the drain, there could be some object in the drain. To check, remove and thoroughly clean the sink pop–up stopper or strainer. Otherwise, the clog may be further down the drain and may require a professional cleaning.
Clogged Tub Drains
Before trying any drain–clearing methods on a plugged drain, check that the tub’s pop–up stopper is opening fully and is free of hair and debris. If the stopper isn’t the problem, then the drain pipe is probably clogged. Try a plunger. If this fails to do the job, you’ll have to clear the trap with a snake.
Preventing Kitchen Drain Clogs
No plumbing problem is more common or more frustrating than a clogged drain. Kitchen sink drains clog most often because of a buildup of grease that traps food particles. Drains can usually be cleared easily and inexpensively, but taking some simple precautions will help you avoid stop–ups. Proper disposal of kitchen waste will keep sink drain clogs to a minimum.
Don’t pour grease down the kitchen sink.
Don’t wash coffee grounds down the sink. Throw them out. Be sparing with chemical cleaners, particularly if you have brass, steel, or cast–iron traps and drainpipes; some caustic chemicals can corrode metal pipes.
Hair Clogs at Tub & Lavatory Sink Drains
The best way to clean hair from a bathtub drain is to remove the drain grate and take a coat hanger and put a little hook on the end and scoop out the hair. You could also use a pair of needle nose pliers. The easiest way to clean hair from a lavatory sink drain is to remove the pop–up drain assembly altogether and use the same technique as mentioned above.
Though it may difficult to unclog a shower drain with a plunger, it’s worth a try. If that doesn’t work, it may require a professional to run a snake down the drain opening into the trap.