You Don't Have To Make The Same Mistakes

I always took my home's heating and cooling system for granted. That is until I found myself battling one of the hottest days in years and my air conditioner simply refused to turn on. After contacting my local HVAC contractor, I learned that my cooling coils had frozen over from a lack of maintenance. He did get my AC back up and running that day, but he also helped me to look at my heating and cooling system in a whole new light. I have spent a lot of time over the last few years learning more about how to properly maintain my HVAC system and ultimately lower my energy costs. Today, I would like to share this knowledge with you so that I can help you to avoid some of the costly mistakes I have made in the past.

Avoid Serious Plumbing Issues

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You need to make sure you take all the right steps to avoid serious plumbing issues if you have a problem arise. While plumbing issues can start out appearing to be minor, procrastinating on having them taken care of properly can quickly leave you stuck in the midst of a serious situation that may even go far beyond the plumbing, depending on the problem.  

Clearing up toilet clogs the right way

If you have a clogged toilet, the first thing you want to do is to take care of the immediate problem by turning to your plunger. However, once you have plunged the toilet and everything appears to be cleared up, you want to flush it a few times and make sure that the flow of water is moving like it normally would. If it is still moving slower than normal, then you want to take a few buckets of hot water and quickly pour them one at a time down the toilet to help free up any leftover clogs down in the pipes.

Clearing up sink clogs the right way

If you have a clog in your sink then you may want to use the sink plunger first to free up the immediate clog. Then, run some very hot water down the drain. Put a mixture of half and half of baking soda and white vinegar right down the drain and let it do its thing for a few minutes. You will see foamy bubbles come out of the drain; this is fine and it is what is going to help to free up the clog. You can also use this baking soda and white vinegar method every once in a while for routine drain cleaning.  

Fixing a leaking pipe

If you find that a pipe is leaking under your kitchen or bathroom sink, then you want to stop the leak right away. The first thing you want to do is to turn the water off using the valves under the sink. Put a bucket under the pipes and remove the problematic pipe by undoing the connectors by hand. You may need a pipe wrench if they are stubborn. If there is a crack in the pipe, replace it with a new one. If the drip is coming from the connectors, then you want to remove the plumber's tape and replace it with new tape. Put the pipe back where it goes and hand tighten the connectors; don't use the pipe wrench or you risk damaging the connectors or the pipe itself.

Dealing with emergencies

If you have a busted pipe, then you want to turn off the main water valve for the whole house and call out an emergency plumber. Otherwise, you are going to end up with a flood where the pipe is, whether this be in the yard or, worse, inside your home. Unfortunately, the main water needs to stay off until the plumber has come out and repaired the pipe.

If you have a pipe freeze, you'll also need to have a plumber come out right away to properly and slowly unfreeze the pipe to avoid bursting. You'll know you have a frozen pipe because you will go to turn on the water and nothing will come out of the faucet.

If you keep having reoccurring clogs, then you'll also need the assistance of a plumber. This more than likely means there is clogging down in the system that's going to require special tools and special skills to free it up.

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18 July 2017