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DIY plumbing projects you can complete on your own

When it comes to caring for the pipes in your home, one of the most important things you can do is take a series of preventative steps. If you can catch the problem early on - or even just the signs that something might go wrong - you can significantly reduce the potential damage that can occur. The best part is that you often don't need a licensed professional to tackle many of the issues that you will face in your home.

One of the best things you can do is be careful about what you send down the pipes in the first place. Most of the time, clogs and stoppages can be prevented simply when a household is diligent about not flushing or sending anything down the drain that does not belong there. Only flush away toilet friendly products, such as toilet paper. Anything else - such as cooking oils and cotton swabs - can risk doing significant damage to the plumbing system in your home.

If you are looking for a natural way to remove lime scale buildup in your bathroom or kitchen, try removing it by rubbing half a lemon over the impacted area. Much of the time this will do the trick, without you having to resort to stronger cleaners. Lime scale can cause long-term damage to the aesthetic appeal of your home, which is why it should be dealt with as soon as it becomes an issue.

Should there be a plumbing issue in your home you can't solve on your own, be sure to schedule an appointment with a Fairfax, VA plumber from John C. Flood.