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Saying the word plumbing often evokes images of huge leaks or massive bills. It’s enough to make any homeowner shudder, but there are some preventive things you can do around your home to help prevent a more extensive plumbing disaster requiring a plumbing service. These DIY tips can help you to be more proactive.

Hoses

One of the most common causes of flooding in a home is a burst hose from a washing machine or dishwasher. A simple proactive fix is to upgrade your water hoses in your home to a braided metal hose as these are less likely to burst than the rubber hoses. Turn off the water valve before disconnecting the old hose, and turn it back on when you’ve successfully switched them.

Easy Water Pressure Fix

You may have noticed that your shower head isn’t as powerful as it was or that your faucets are lacking pressure. A simple fix here is that your shower head or the screen in your aerator in the faucets has sediment built up inside of them that needs to be cleaned. Put your shower head in a bowl of vinegar and let sit overnight. Clean the inside with a toothbrush in the morning, and then put it back in its place.

You can also clean the screens inside of your aerator with a toothbrush and some dish soap to remove the build-up. Just be sure to replace it in the same manner that you took the faucet apart. If this doesn’t solve your water pressure issue, there may be something else going on with your pipes that’ll require a professional’s touch.

Water Bills Higher Than Normal?

If you’ve noticed that your water company bill is higher than it usually is, that could mean that you have a silent leak somewhere in your home. Be sure to turn off all of your faucets, and then go look at your water meter.  If it keeps moving, there’s probably a leak somewhere in your home. In addition, you can check to see if your toilet leaks by adding food coloring to the tank. If the color moves into the bowl without flushing, your rubber gasket is probably leaking and needs to be adjusted or replaced.

These preventative plumbing tips are great ways to save money and protect your home from water damage. You may have a plumbing problem that’s beyond your skills, and that’s a good time to call in a professional plumbing service like The Plumbing Guy. Contact us today for those pesky problems you need help with!

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