2 DIY (Do it yourself) plumbing preventative maintenance steps anybody can do that save big money
Of the numerous plumbing disasters I have seen in my life, most have been a result of my less than adequate DIY skills where I just made something worse before having to call in the professionals. However I have also had a couple of plumbing disasters that could have been prevented by steps so simple that even a guy like me can do them. I recommend you consider taking the following steps to save yourself from some fairly expensive clean up.
Change the hoses to your washing machine
How long do you think the rubber hoses behind your washing machine last? Forever? That’s what I thought, but as it turns out I was wrong. I had a washing machine hose bust on me before during the middle of a laundry cycle and it caused a huge mess. It soaked the carpet and the floor, then it leaked down into the basement where it ruined more drywall and carpeting. The worst part about it is the whole mess could have been avoided if I had purchased these highly rated $7 stainless steal hoses off of Amazon.
I recommend you get yourself some new hoses if the rubber hoses on your washer are old or if you don’t know how old they are. Replacing them is a breeze, and is as simple as unscrewing the old ones like you would a garden hose and screwing in the new ones. The only tricky part here is to make sure you have the cold water going into the cold water line and the hot water going into the hot water line. That is another DIY mistake I have managed to make myself.
Do you have roots in your sewer line?
Another plumbing disaster I had involved roots growing into my sewer line. When my sewer backed up into my basement (Yuck!) I called a plumber to come take a look for me. He told me that roots had managed to grow into my sewer line and clog it up. It seems that roots love water so they seek out the tiniest little leak at joints in your sewer line. All it takes is the tiniest of roots to get into the pipe and then it grows and grows until it clogs your line and causes big problems.
So the plumber used some kind of fancy equipment to clear the roots out of the pipes but he warned me that they would eventually just grow back unless I treated the sewer line. He asked if I wanted to make another appointment for him to come back with the right chemicals to kill the roots for $150, but I told him that I would wait before making that appointment.
I did a quick web search and found that I could do that same treatment myself and instead of costing me $150, the chemicals would cost me about $20. Not only that, but the treatment was easy to do. The first step was buying this Root Killer off of Amazon for about $20:
When the Root Killer arrived I carefully read the directions (because we are dealing with a potentially dangerous chemical after all) and poured a third of the bottle at a time into my downstairs toilet and flushing. I repeated this until the bottle was empty then I disposed of the bottle and washed my hands extra hard. I have repeated that procedure every six months for the last couple of years and the problems with roots in my sewer is gone?
What about you? Do you have any tips for DIY plumbing projects that can save money and are simple enough that anybody can do? Let me know about it in the comment section.
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