Problems with plumbing can have an adverse effect on your house and your belongings. Here are some suggestions to help you correct any issues you have with plumbing.
Never pay for a plumbing job completely until they have finished the job. You might have to put money down initially before the plumber begins the job. However, do not pay everything up front; instead, only pay once the job is successfully completed. You want to know the plumber has fulfilled all his requirements as promised in the agreement before he gets paid.
Schedule all your plumbing work at the same time. While you may be tempted to call the plumber whenever you have a slight problem, scheduling it all at once gives you the opportunity to save money to pay for the repairs. It also saves you money because a lot of plumbers charge by the hour–they cannot charge for multiple hours every trip if they only make one trip out.
Each month, treat your drains by pouring one cup of baking soda down it, and then follow that with a cup of regular white vinegar. Cover the drain with an old rag, because there will be a chemical reaction taking place inside the pipes. Wait a while, then flush it with boiling water. 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. The blades will stay sharper, and the overall disposal process will run smoother. If you use hot water it will liquefy the grease, allowing it to accumulate in your drain causing your pipes to clog.
Don’t use your toilet as a trash can in order to avoid problems. Never flush paper towels, tissue, diapers, or tampons. These things do not break up correctly and can clog your pipes. Reduce your use of toilet paper if you notice frequent clogs.
If you don’t want to spend a lot on repairing plumbing problems, learn to prevent problems before they occur. One of the major repairs is clogs. Built up hair can actually clog drains. Avoid this by using a drain cover or screen that keeps hair and other particles from clogging your pipes. It is easy to get the hair out of a screen; however, removing it from a pipe is a different story.
Cleaning an aerator can remove sediment buildup that causes low water pressure. Remove the aerator, and then take it apart so it can be cleaned with a brush that has been dipped in vinegar. Finally, rinse off the aerator, put it back together and then reattach it to your faucet. Remove the sediment from the aerator to increase water pressure.
Do not expect to clean grout out of a line by yourself. You can break the grout up and make it go further down the line. This is more successful in plastic plumbing as compared to metal pipes. On the other hand, this situation usually ends in a call to a professional plumber.
Problems with your plumbing can be a nuisance, but if you put in some patience and effort, they can be fixed. Knowing what to do yourself, and when to call a plumber will quickly get things fixed. Use the advice offered above to help get you started.