After struggling for months to make my plumbing system work properly, I started realizing that part of the problem might be the supplies I was using. I began working hard to make sure that things were right, and it became clear to me that I needed to invest in different equipment. It was really incredible to see how much of a difference a few of the right plumbing supplies made, and I was able to get things fixed up. This blog is all about finding great plumbing supplies to make your home better than ever. After all, you never know what you will need to fix.
It's important for any homeowner to know how to handle minor plumbing problems. For example, you should know how to plunge a toilet, how to clean out your drain trap, and how to lubricate a sticky valve. But it's also important to know where to draw the line. There are some home plumbing tasks you should leave to the plumbers, no matter how handy you're feeling or how large your tool box is.
Garbage Disposal Repairs
Garbage disposals are powerful and sharp. They are also prone to issues such as blockages and motor failures. Since there is a risk of cuts and injuries whenever you're working with a garbage disposal, you don't want to attempt this yourself. You can turn the power off and on yourself to see if that helps. And you can try running some ice through the machine to see if that scrubs away any clogs. But never reach a screwdriver down there, and don't try to mess with the electrical components, either.
Main Sewer Line Clogs
If one or two drains are not working, you probably need to plunge them. If all your drains stop working, though, you probably have an issue with your sewer main. This is the big pipe that drains all the waste from your home. You should not attempt to dig up and access this pipe on your own. In doing so, you may accidentally damage the sewer main further. Many older ones are made from clay, and you could dislodge part of the pipe by digging. Let your plumber handle this. They will send a camera down the pipe to make sure they know exactly what is wrong before digging and attempting repairs.
Gas Line Problems
If your hot water heater is not turning on or you're having trouble with any other water-related appliance that runs on gas, do not attempt to repair the gas line yourself. Doing so could lead to a gas leak, which could lead to illness or a fire. Not to mention, it is illegal for unlicensed individuals to work on gas lines in most areas. Let your plumber handle gas line issues, perhaps in collaboration with the local gas company.
Some plumbing problems simply should not be handled by anyone without a plumbing license and the proper training. By all means, plunge your own toilet. But when it comes to issues with your garbage disposal, gas line, or main sewer line, rely on the pros.