Do you offer any advice or tips for maintaining plumbing systems?

Check for leaks in the tank with food coloring. Stop an overflowing toilet. Clean a clogged toilet with soap. Install mosquito nets over shower and bath drains, and pull out as much hair as you can every few weeks to keep it from accumulating.

Scrape food in the trash before washing dishes, even if you have a garbage disposal, and never throw liquid grease down the drain; pour it into a resealable container to put in the trash after it cools down. Clogged drains can prevent you from using the sink or shower until you clean them. Prevent blockages by limiting what goes through the drains. Never pour grease down the drains, as it can harden and clog the pipe.

Using a hair catcher over the shower drain can prevent hair from clogging up. Limit what you throw down the toilet to human waste and toilet paper. Wipes, sanitary products, and other items can clog the toilet and cause it to overflow. DIY plumbing projects seem to be all the rage right now, which is great, as long as the job is done correctly.

A rookie mistake that many homeowners make when operating their own pipes is to overtighten their fittings. As any professional plumber will tell you, “shaking hands is the right thing to do. Use Teflon tape to avoid pipe problems. If you use these home plumbing maintenance tips regularly, you can keep your pipes working properly, so you won't have to call a plumber as often.

Teflon tape, also known as “plumber's tape”, is a high-strength white or yellow material that can be used to effectively prevent pipe leaks. With these ten plumbing tips, you can quickly resolve problems before or just as they arise, along with regular maintenance sessions from your trusted Chicago plumber professional, of course. Most plumbing repairs are best left to licensed plumbers, but you can use simple home plumbing maintenance tips to reduce the need for a plumber. The Gainesville and Ocala professional plumbers at Sunshine Plumbing and Gas receive extensive training and have the right equipment and tools to complete a repair the first time.

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