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When DIY Should Be Avoided

Owning a home can be expensive, so we understand the tendency to try and make repairs yourself. It is completely doable in certain situations, but in others it is best to call a pro. When it comes to plumbing, it’s alright to clean your own drain and plunge your own toilet, but there are a number of instances where you should put the DIY book away and call a professional plumber.

Gas-Related Issues

Natural gas is a great way to provide energy to your home. It can be a suitable substitute for electricity for appliances such as your hot water heater and your stove. When problems arise, be aware that natural gas and the items that use it must absolutely be handled properly. Do not attempt to work on gas lines in or around your home, because a small unexpected mistake can make it a very dangerous place to be.

Main Sewer Line Problems

This is a job you probably wouldn’t want to look into yourself anyway. Licensed plumbers are trained to handle this sort of thing and use the proper heavy machinery that is required to access the sewer lines deep within the ground. They are also aware of the problems that can occur, such as running into large tree roots, and know what to do in such an event. Finally, they understand all of the permits required to begin such a project.

Hot Water Heater Installation

Hot water heaters have plenty of lines that must be hooked up. Hooking them up incorrectly can be a very expensive mistake. It also needs to be connected to a power source to make sure it is heated efficiently. Plumbing contracters are trained in many types of installations, including hot water heater installation.

For these situations and more, calling a plumber can save your equipment, your money and your sanity! When it doubt, pick up the phone. Trust us — Even if you found a video on YouTub, a plumber will always do it better.

 

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4 Plumbing Myths Debunked

We have heard plenty of advice when it comes to housekeeping, and unfortunately some of this advice actually does more harm than good. Plumbing is no exception. The following myths are just a few that we have heard.

 

MYTH 1: Turning on the water while running the garbage disposal will prevent clogs.

If you turn on the water while the disposal is running, the water just gets smacked away from the waste by the blades. As a result, the food is still intact and more difficult to blend. The best way to prevent clogs in the garbage disposal is to turn on the water before you turn on the disposal. Let the water run for a few seconds to first let it break down and soften the waste. Turn the faucet off. Wait a few minutes, then turn on the disposal.

MYTH 2: Using an in-tank toilet cleaner will eliminate the need to clean the toilet.

In-tank toilet cleaners use bleach to make the toilet bowl appear clean. There is still plenty of buildup leftover that needs to be cleaned up regularly. Many people are unknowingly ruining their toilets because they don’t think they have to clean them anymore, thanks to their in-tank cleaner. We know it stinks, but the best way to clean the toilet is with a good old-fashioned brush and toilet cleaner. Pour some vinegar down the overflow tube to reduce funk.

MYTH 3: You should use soap and water to clean the bathroom faucet.

Soap and water can corrode the faucet fixture over time, eventually leaving you no choice but to replace them. To keep your faucets lasting as long as possible, keep them dry and soap-free.

MYTH 4: Adding lemons to your garbage disposal will keep it from getting rank.

Lemons are rather acidic. Too many lemons going into the disposal could damage the blades over time due to its corrosive chemistry. Ever hear a dentist warn you about acids from citrus fruits? Eating too many can corrode the enamel on your teeth. Considering lemons can so easily damage enamel, one of the hardest materials on Earth, it’s probably best to keep them out of the disposal as well.

 

Anytime you are given some advice, be somewhat skeptical. Always check the facts and see if the tip you’ve been given is legitimate, before something gets ruined!

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