Having plumbing issues in your home can cause disastrous consequences. Here are some ways to prevent problems, as well as steps to take when you do have a plumbing issue.
To prevent pipes in your house from freezing, do not let the temperature in the house dip below freezing. Also, any pipes exposed to the cold should be insulated. If the temperature surrounding these pipes is below the freezing point, your pipes could freeze. It takes time for thawing to occur so you can have water again. The worst case scenario is a busted pipe and a costly repair.
If any water pipe that you have freezes, be sure to turn on the faucet that is closes to the pipe to give the water an exit as the pipe thaws. If there is too much pressure within the pipe, it may burst, causing other forms of damage in the home.
Understanding how your tools work can give you a tremendous boost when plumbing. Read your manuals and books, either online or at the library, to teach yourself do it yourself plumbing. Have a good grasp of what you’re attempting to do before you do it, so you don’t have to repair your repair.
Inspect around the toilets for softness in the floors to see if any damage has occurred. Straddle the toilet, so you can rock from one leg to another to determine whether there’s weakness in the floor. You can wind up saving your money simply by noticing the problem early on.
Do not pour grease or other oils in your sink or down your drain. This is a certain way to either slow your drainage or clog your drain entirely. This is very true for garbage disposal, since fat will make the blades run less quickly and efficiently. Make certain you dispose of all oils in other places other than the sink.
Water that leaves behind pink or orange tinged stains has an excessive amount of iron. A water softener can filter out unnecessary minerals, and leave you with clean, usable water.
To keep things flowing smoothly through the drain of your bathtub, each month you should feed it baking soda, one cup’s worth, with a cup of vinegar to chase it. Cover the drain up with a plug or old rag, as there will be a chemical reaction in the pipes. Flush it with boiling water after a few minutes. Doing this periodically should keep your pipes free of hair and soap scum.
Always have cold water running when you are using your garbage disposal. Cold water helps to maintain the sharpness of the blades and makes the disposal run more smoothly. Hot water will liquefy grease and build up inside the drain, eventually causing clogs.
Plumbing problems may be troublesome, but with patience and work, you may fix them. It takes research and asking a plumber to fix it correctly more often than not. Do yourself a favor and try using the above tips to help get rid of your plumbing problems.