A Few Plumbing Tips That Are Simple And Easy To Understand

Plumbing problemsIf you’re having issues with plumbing, be sure you’re handling it as effectively as possible. You should always seek out suggestions and advice when you need it. In the following paragraphs, you’ll find plenty of tips that will be useful in the future.

Freezing Pipes

To prevent pipes from freezing, don’t let temperatures drop under freezing in your home, and insulate external pipes. Your plumbing can freeze if the air around it is below 32 degrees. It could take some time in order for the pipes to thaw out so that you can have running water. However, they could burst, and that could make a mess and result in a big repair bill.

If your pipes freeze, turn on the water from the faucet nearest them to let water out when they start to thaw. This assists you in relieving pressure within the pipe, and could stop any bursting from occurring, which can prevent additional damage to your home.

Frozen pipes can cost you a significant amount to repair. Fortunately, such damage is easy to prevent. Insulate your outside pipes. With the onset of colder weather, disconnect and drain any hoses and shut off outside faucets. Making sure that all of this is done will have you a lot of money in plumbing bills.

Eric at Carter’s My Plumber shows some really great advice on his Indianapolis water heater repair page. This should help you out if you’re still running into difficulties with heat in your home through a bad freeze.

Sinks & Disposal Work

Never use your bare hands to try fixing your garbage disposal. Even an un-powered garbage disposal presents significant danger. Search online for a troubleshooting manual for your disposal.

Have all the plumbing repairs done in one visit. If a problem is minor, it can be wise to put off repair until you have more than one item to fix. This also gives you time to save up for the needed repairs. Also, combining smaller jobs into one larger job lets the plumber finish his work faster and therefore saves you money.

Ensure overflow holes don’t have any debris in them. Sinks use overflow holes if they start to overfill, and this isn’t usually a problem, but it can be. Take the time to clean out the overflow holes as you go through your house doing your regular checks for various issues.


By installing shower heads that are more efficient, you will be able to save a lot of money. Showers and baths are responsible for the bulk of your hot water usage. Invest in an energy-efficient shower head and you could save a hundred dollar every year on your water bill.

Enzyme-based cleaners are the best bet for unclogging stubborn clogged pipes. These cleaners use natural bacteria, which turns sludge into liquid and cleans your pipes. The best options on the market now are enzyme cleaners. Sowers Plumbing in Greensboro mainly works with a product called “Bio-Clean”.

Extra Plumbing Tips

Always clean the lint from your dryer. This will help your dryer to work better and may also prevent fires. Also, check the lint trap to see if there are telltale signs that lint may be leaking into your pipes through holes and tears.

If you are a do-it-yourself home improvement person, the tips below will help you tackle any plumbing issues. You have to make sure you hire the proper professionals and handle these issues by yourself if you can, in order to save money. Give these tips the consideration they deserve.

Funny Plumbing Story

embarrassed plumberAlright, so here’s a funny plumbing story that I don’t think we’ve enough people yet. More than likely Jeff is going to kill me for telling this story. But whatever! I hope you enjoy it!

So about 6 months ago Jeff and I walk onto this job site (commercial property) to give a bid on plumbing work. The head honcho there was this guy named Evan who had some serious anger issues. Evan was the kind of boss who screamed at everyone no matter what they were doing. Anything you do around this guy is the wrong thing. We were walking along the job site with him, watching him critique everybody’s work, screaming at people, and he even started throwing screws at one guy who he caught chatting with another guy.

Needless to say I had no interest in working at this job site. I don’t care how much money you’re going to pay me, I can’t work for a guy like that. I’d never get anything done!

Well, Jeff felt different from the way that I did. He goes where there’s money and he’ll do anything to get it! So the whole time I’m laughing while Jeff is kissing Evan’s behind. All this “Yes sir” and “No sir” kind of talk. Honestly, the money we were looking at making was pretty good, but I figure we can make just as much taking on other jobs, so I decided to have a little fun.

After we spent some time talking plumbing, Evan invited us to lunch. He was placing an order over the phone for some delivery. Jeff was going to order for me, so he asked what I wanted. I told him to get me the Tube Steak. Evan asked “What do you guys want?” and Jeff replied “Get us some Tube Steak”. Evan gave us a funny look and it took every ounce of my being not to crack up. Jeff immediately turned ghostly white with fear. Evan places the order for “Tube Steak” and we could hear the guys on the other end of the phone cracking up.

Evan looked at Jeff and screamed “You some kind of comedian now!? What the f#ck is this sh$t!?”. I broke out into laughter as Jeff began to apologize. The guy asked me if this was my doing and I was totally happy to answer yes. I told him that I thought he was an a-hole and that there’s no way I’m going to work with a guy as stiff as he is.

To my surprise Evan started laughing! He walked over to me, put his hand on my shoulder and said “You know, most of these vaginas out here are scared sh*tless of me, just like your friend Jeff here. They’ve got no backbone, so I walk all over them. But you’re the type of guy I like to work with. That was a good joke”.

Jeff was and will forever be extremely embarrassed by this story. We ended up taking the job, took a couple of months to do the plumbing for this building, and Jeff was ridiculed the entire time. The nick named him “Big V” on the job site.

Let us know what you think of our funny stories and if you’d like to hear more of them. We’ve got a million of them! make sure to check in regularly for our latest blog posts!