Calling the professionals for each plumbing problem in your house is time-consuming and somewhat costly. Now, do not get us wrong at all: we love helping all customers with plumbing issues, both big and small. If you are feeling empowered to fix your own simple plumbing issues, we are here to help you out. From regular plumbing maintenance to leaks and clogs, we have compiled a list of awesome plumbing hacks that will help you save headaches and money in the long run. Read on to learn more!
Your Emergency Shutoff Valve
Let’s say you’ve got an overflowing toilet that will not stop or a burst pipe in your basement. The first step is to shut off your water right at the source. Knowing where the emergency shut-off valve is can help save you some expensive clean-up, water damage, and mold problems.
Garbage Disposal Help
Knowing how to correctly use your garbage disposal properly helps you avoid any blockages and repairs. There are a few things you shouldn’t ever put down your garbage disposal. These include:
- Fats, oils, greases
- Fibrous foods like asparagus, sprouts, or celery
- Coffee grounds
- Non-food items
- Starchy foods, like beans, rice, peels, or pasta
Clear Out Your Clogs
While we are talking about garbage disposals, let us discuss clogs. These steps can help you de-clog any garbage disposal in record time:
- Turn off your power, either through unplugging or turning it off right at the circuit breaker.
- Then inspect the disposal with a flashlight. If you see any obvious clogs, clear them off with any sturdy or long tools. Do not use your fingers!
- If you do not see any obvious clogs, use a sink plunger. Fill up the sink with a couple of inches of water and then plunge.
- Use some DIY cleaner. Mix up one part vinegar with one part baking soda, and pour the solution down into the drain. Wait around 30 minutes, and then turn on the hot water for around 60 seconds.
- Turn your power on again and test it out!
Locating Invisible Leaks
If you have a huge water bill that you were not expecting and noticed any water damage, mold, or insufficient water pressure, you might have a bad water leak. But where? Turn off your taps and take a water meter reading. Then wait a couple of hours with nobody using water, and recheck your meter. If it shows any water usage, then you have a leak somewhere. Call the pros from B&D to fix this plumbing emergency!
Get in Touch With B&D Today!
Dealing with any plumbing concerns that require a professional to step in? Struggling with an absolute plumbing emergency that can’t wait? Let B&D Plumbing know. B&D Plumbing Inc. services the greater Washington D.C. metropolitan area, including Maryland and Northern Virginia. Get in touch with us by calling (301) 595-1141 or follow us on social media including Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, and Pinterest. As a small, family-owned business, we understand how important your home is—and we offer exceptional service that matches!