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Common Plumbing Facts to Know

Posted on August 8th, 2018

Believe it or not, plumbing can seem like rocket science — but in reality, it’s actually quite simple to learn. From the main water source in your home to plunging a toilet, the list goes on and on — and it’s essential to learn the basics. Of course, you don’t have to become a plumber, but it’s important to know these “tips and ticks” ahead of time!

Turning off the Water

One of the most critical plumbing facts to know is where to locate the main water valve in your home. Sure, this might seem simple — but sometimes this essential piece may be hidden from plain sight.

Just in case there’s a leak or flood in your home, this is the valve you want to shut off first immediately, before cleaning up the water.

Usually, the water main will have a giant wheel-like switch, in which you turn clockwise to stop the water from flowing. This, of course, will be simple to turn back on when needed; just spin it counter-clockwise, and you’ll be good to go!

Adjusting the Water Pressure

Another common fact to know is how to fix the water pressure in your home. Granted, it might seem okay at the moment — but you might take a shower later in the week, and the water will feel nonexistent.

To adjust the pressure, you’ll want to locate the water-pressure regulator (hard plastic covering over it) and adjust the screw-like fixture in the middle — but before you do this, you’ll need assistance from a friend or family member.

Once you obtain some help, have your “assistant” stand by the nearest sink/shower and monitor the water, as you’re adjusting the screw-like fixture. After the desired pressure has been obtained, it’s time to place the hard plastic covering back on the water-pressure regulator, and you’ll be good to go!

Naturally, Unclog a Sink

Oh, no: it seems that your kitchen sink is clogged again. Although it might seem like an impossible task — it’s actually quite simple, especially if you take care of matters naturally.

To start, you’ll want to shut off the faucet. Next, you’ll want to take approximately half a cup of baking soda, followed by half of cup of vinegar and pour it down the drain.
Let this natural mixture sit there for a minute. Once time’s up, turn the water back on, and you should be clog-free — but sometimes that won’t work.

If that’s the case, then you’ll want to contact Plumbing & A/C Medic to have a licensed plumber take care of the job, before you resort to a damaging chemical drain cleaner!

When you need some assistance in the areas of plumbing, heating, or cooling, please contact Plumbing & A/C Medic today to schedule an appointment with one of our licensed technicians!

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