to Threaded Pipe Fittings
to Old Fittings
to Water Supply
to Kitchen Drain
to Garbage Disposal Smell
to Angle Stops
to Tub and Shower Drain
to Sewage Backup
to Water Temperature
to Blocked Toilet
to Doing It Yourself vs. Hiring a Pro
Don't overtighten threaded pipe fittings. Turn fittings just tight, then test. If they
leak, tighten them a quarter-
Don't use old, corroded pipe fittings. They probably will not come apart cleanly.
What if you shut off the water supply, then can't turn the water back on?
Prepare for this possibility. Draw some water for basic needs. Fill a tub so you'll have water to bucket-flush toilets.
The top eight foods that will stop up your drain are:
Try this to get rid of a bad garbage disposal smell:
You can grind up any citrus fruit (such as orange or grapefruit) peel to help maintain a pleasant smell.
Angle stops are valves under your toilets and sinks. These valves will turn off the water when you or your plumber work on your toilets and faucets.
Replace angle stops every ten years so they work properly when you need them.
Clean the hair strainer often.
If the sewer backs up into the house:
If water flow from the faucet is reduced:
You might want to deliberately reduce your water flow in order to reduce the water bill. If so, replace your faucet aerator with a water-saving aerator. You can purchase these in the hardware aisle of your grocery store.
If your dishwasher has an internal water heater, set your water
temperature to 120 degrees. Higher temperatures can increase heat loss from your water
heater and make appliances
Most toilet stoppages can be fixed with a plunger. Always keep one in your home.
Before you try to save money by doing your own plumbing work, ask yourself the following:Do you need to buy or rent tools? Do local codes require that the work be performed by
Calculate the amount of time it will take you to do a plumbing job yourself.