Congratulations on being a Phoenix homeowner! Now the fun really begins – corroded pipes, leaking faucets, a water shut off valve that doesn’t work. Actually, being a homeowner is amazing, and learning to take care of small plumbing problems around your new home can be truly rewarding.
There are some plumbing tips that as the owner of C. Slany Plumbing, I feel it’s my responsibility to over you everything you need to know about DIY plumbing. Let’s get into it.
1. Leaks: If you have any exposed pipes in your home, you can easily inspect those pipes for leaks and corrosion. This is definitely something you’ll want to get into the habit of doing, especially if you do have visible pipes and/or outdoor piping. For pipes that are confined behind walls, your best bet is to seek out watermarks coming through the wall, floors or ceiling. If you do see signs of water damage, even the smallest most inconsequential drip of water can mean big damage down the road. Unfortunately, if you do see water damage, more often then not you’ll want to call your Phoenix plumber.
2. Corrosion: Here in Arizona, corrosion is quite common. In fact, if you have hard water there’s a great chance that you’re new, but used, home already has corrosion. It’s not the end of the world, and can sometimes be easily removed with commercial cleaning products, but never put off taking care of the corrosion.
3. Cracked Tile: Your home inspector should have spotted any water pooling, but if you notice cracks or breaks in your floor tiles, take a look beneath that tile. It could be a telltale sign of pooling water under that section of the floor.
4. Mildew: Mold and mildew can still be an issue here in Phoenix, even where the air is dry and currently 108 degrees outside. This is a huge sign that water has been seeping and leaking for quite some time. This is also a situation that you don’t want to conquer on your own. Give us a call here at C. Slany Plumbing.
5. Toilet Leaks: Combining corrosion with leaks is quite common for toilets, where the screws holding the toilet base to the tank often become extremely corroded with hard water and began to break down, allowing water from the tank to leak through. You might not notice it for quite some time, which could result in an even greater problem. Check under your toilet every once in a while to make sure those screws are not corroded and those connections are working as they should. You should see absolutely no signs of water.
6. Washing Machines: Washing machines these days are extremely technical and advanced, but many times a leaking washing machine is an easy fix. Make sure there are no holes in the piping that connects the washing machine to the wall. If that area is dry, check the soap and fabric softener entries, as these areas can often become clogged. If those two areas seem to be in good condition, call your Phoenix plumber to take a look.
7. Bathroom Caulking: Another area that quite often can lead to leaking is the caulking around your shower and tub. Use your finger to run along the length of the caulking. If you feel any wet areas, simply apply caulking to the hole. Many times the hole starts off microscopic, much like a hole in your car tire, and the longer you want to fix it the larger and more damaging that hole becomes.
Beyond these simple items to get in the habit of checking, plumbing problems can be solved quickly, efficiently, and by insured and contracted plumbers at C. Slany Plumbing.