If Plumbing DIY is illegal in Melbourne – is there any way I can delay calling the plumber?
The answer is a resounding “YES”. There are a bunch of preventative maintenance plumbing DIY tips for you to keep your plumbing in tip top shape.
You can take action in every part of your home:
* the bathroom.
* in the kitchen.
* the laundry.
* for your water heater.
* outside the house.
* and generally
But know also, that some preventative maintenance can only be done by a plumber.
Together these actions will avoid those nasty, weekend, middle of the night emergencies that cost a mint.
5 Easy Plumbing DIY Tips for the Bathroom
- Run hot water down the shower, basin and bath drains once a week. This helps keep the water flowing freely.
- Once a month apply a drain cleaner to your drains. Clears the scum buildup.
- Fit strainers to stop hair etc from going into the drains. And clean the strainer every so often.
- Calcium buildup in Melbourne is not normally a problem. But if it is, remove the mineral deposits. Place a plastic bag (filled with one cup of vinegar) tied over the shower head and leave overnight. The next morning remove the bag and wipe off the deposits with a damp cloth.
- Make sure you have a waste basket in the toilet. Use it for all things that won’t dissolve in the toilet.
6 Helpful Tips for the Kitchen
- Fit a strainer on the kitchen sink to stop all the food scraps from going down the drain.
- Clean the strainer regularly.
- Don’t let liquid grease or fat go down the drain. Wipe congealed fat and grease from your pots and pans with a paper towel. And put it in the rubbish tin.
- Pour some drain cleaner down the sink drain to clear food scum that is always building up.
- If you are fortunate enough to have a garbage disposal unit, make sure you know what not to put in it.
- Food debris can build up and give off foul odours in the garbage disposal unit. Check your manufacturer’s instructions for getting rid of the smell. If there are no instructions or they don’t work you could try the following:
- grinding ice blocks and orange or lemon rinds for 30+ seconds in the unit
- with the unit still going, pour a little liquid dish detergent into it
- run cold water for another 30+ seconds to rinse away any debris that’s left
5 Laundry Room Plumbing DIY Tips
- If your washing machine is new make sure the hoses have been screwed on tightly.
- For an older machine, every few months, it pays to check the hoses for bulges or wear and tear. Replace them with stainless steel braided ones that resist leaks and cracking.
- Use a filter on the hose. You can get these from your local plumbing supplies store.
- Keep your laundry drains clear of lint and detergent. Apply some drain cleaner every month or so.
- Check under your laundry sink, for any leaks from the pipes you can see.
2 Water Heating Tips
- Check the temperature setting on your water heater (whether it’s gas or electricity. Ensure it’s set at 49 degrees Celsius. This will conserve energy, reduce the risk of overheating and, more importantly, prevent scalding.
- Each year drain 8 or so litres of water from the tank. This flushes the heater and removes sediment that has builtup. Doing this limits the possibility of corrosion and increases heating efficiency.
3 Great Plumbing DIY Tips for the Outside
- Clear any outside drains, gutters and downpipes of leaves, dirt and other debris. It will help avoid water overflow into the house from storms and heavy rain.
- Check outside taps, hoses and hose connections for leaks. Conserves water and avoids “water bill shock”.
- For your septic sewerage regularly add a septic treatment product to the system. Maintains a free-flowing and healthy system.
4 General Maintenance Tips to Consider
- Whether it’s in the bathroom, kitchen, or laundry pour a bucket of water down infrequently used drains. Keeps the trap seal full. Avoids sewer gas from coming back up the drain into the house.
- For your household equipment like the dishwasher, washing machine, garbage disposal unit, water heater etc. Check the manufacturer’s manual for their recommendations on maintenance.
- Check your water meter when there is no water being used. Take a meter reading at the start and end of a period of say 8–10 hours. Any change may indicate you have a water leak that needs fixing.
Finally – if an Emergency Does Happen
- Know where your water meter is located.
- Know where your gas meter is located.
- Know where your water heater is located.
- This means you can turn them off if you need to and
- Show the plumber where they are if you need to call one in.
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