Some of Ernie’s Tips to help you with household plumbing headaches...

We are always happy to help, but sometimes you can make the simple fix or repair yourself.

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Disconnect garden hose before the ground freezes

Pack up your gardening and lawn care equipment for the season

If you forget to disconnect garden hose during the winter, the water that remains within will freeze and almost definitely cause the lining to crack. It gets worse if you have a control nozzle on your hose and freezing occurs, as this ice will put pressure on the pipes connected to your house and, as a result, the home’s entire plumbing system. The added pressure will then increase the potential for your pipes to either crack or burst, which are some of the costliest repairs to a homeowner.

Stop sink-sprayer hang-ups

Use pipe insulation to prevent sprayer snarls

If you have to jiggle the hose as you pull out your kitchen sink sprayer, chances are the hose is catching on the shutoff valves. For smooth operation, slip 1/2-in. foam pipe insulation over the pipes and shutoff handles. Tape it if it won’t stay put. Get the insulation at home centers or hardware stores for about $3.

Quiet loud sinks

Deaden sounds with expanding foam

Fill the space between two stainless steel sink basins with expanding foam. The foam deadens vibrations and lessens the "gong" effect. It’s possible to do this with the sink in place but much neater and easier before installation. Either way, let the foam harden and then trim away the excess with a utility knife.

Drain vacuum

Use a wet-dry shop vacuum to remove hard objects

When a hard object like a toothbrush, comb or toy plugs a toilet or drain, a plunger may not be the solution—it might only push the obstruction in deeper. Instead, suck out the water and the obstruction with a wet/dry shop vacuum.

Bucket flush

Use a bucket of water to flush the toilet

You don’t have to run to the neighbor’s bathroom during a plumbing project. Before you turn off the water supply, fill 2- gallon buckets with water. Flush the toilet by dumping the water in the bowl. You’ll get one flush per bucket. Works just as well as the usual method, although it won’t refill the bowl.

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