3 Tips Every New Homeowner Needs To Know To Save Money On Future Plumbing Problems

Posted on: 18 April 2018

Now that you are a homeowner, it is important you learn to make some simple household repairs yourself. While you may not have the plumbing skills to move a sink from one location to another or make other major repairs, every homeowner can easily learn to take care of basic problems themselves. By taking some initiative to learn and stocking your home with the necessary tools to fix common plumbing problems, you will save thousands of dollars in repair costs over the many years you own your home. 

Even if you are a complete novice when it comes to taking care of household plumbing problems, these tips will help get you on your way to saving a lot of your future earnings

Plumbing Tip #1: Keep a Quality Toilet and Sink Plunger in Your Bathroom Cabinet

To clear a clogged drain or one that has started flowing slowly, the easiest thing you can do is to plunge it. Rather than buying a cheap toilet plunger at the dollar store, instead, invest in a quality model from your local home improvement store. When you shop for the toilet plunger, also pick up one designed especially for use in sinks. Sink plungers are shaped differently than toilet plungers and are a lot more effective at removing stubborn sink clogs.

Plumbing Tip #2: Learn How to Use a Drain Snake

Since drains and toilets often clog with food and toilet paper, it's important you own a drain snake and know how to properly use it. A drain snake (also called a drain auger) can be purchased at any hardware store and is very simple to use. In addition, you will make back the small investment you pay out for a drain snake the first time you use it and avoid having to pay a plumber for a service call. 

Plumbing Tip #3: Use Your Wet-Dry Vacuum to Remove a Stuck Object in Your Toilet

Finally, if someone in your household has dropped a toy, toothbrush, or pill bottle into a flushing toilet and now it is stuck in the drain, there is no reason to panic. There is a simple fix for this problem. Bring in the wet-dry vacuum you use in your garage and use it to suck the obstruction out of the toilet's drain. If you were to call a plumber they will do the same thing, so you can save money on a house call by doing the job yourself.