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Tips on Plumbing and Water Damage

Check out these helpful repair and maintenance tips on plumbing and water damage.

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  • Use a hold-back wrench to secure valves while tightening supply lines and you'll prevent turning and stressing fragile joints down the line.

  • Flexible gray polybutylene water pipes are prone to failure. If this type of plumbing fails in your home, funds may be available to assist you. For more information, call the Consumer Plumbing Recovery Center at 800-356-3496.

  • You can fix an uneven faucet stream by cleaning your aerator. Loosen the aerator with slip-joint pliers softened by a couple of winds of electrical tape. Hold the aerator under hot running water and scrub with an old toothbrush until it's clear. Screw the aerator back into the faucet and enjoy your handiwork.

  • If the ceiling appears to be wet or sagging from retained water, turn off the room's electricity at the main breaker panel before attempting any examination or repairs.

  • Water-damaged items are best left to dry indoors with plenty of ventilation. Sunlight and heat will dry many materials too quickly causing splits, warping, and buckling.

  • Minor ceiling stains caused by moisture can be lightened by saturating them with bleach. While wearing hand and eye protection, apply gently with a soft cotton pad.