Water’s the source of life, but can be the arch nemesis of those with plumbing problems. Few issues, short of a natural disaster, can cause more damage to a house than a serious plumbing fault. Luckily, people who own homes can do many things to prevent major plumbing problems and to control the damage that does happen.
If you have pipes that make hammering and squeaking noises, you have one easy repair. Anchor any pipes that are exposed. Get a professional to anchor any hidden pipes if you do not wish to do some work in your floors or walls by yourself.
Never pay a plumber until the job is complete. Some plumbers may require a deposit, but don’t fork over all the dough until the job is completed to spec. Knowing the job was completed in a timely and high-quality manner is essential before paying for a plumber.
Toilet discs and odor removers should never be used in your toilet. These tablets have chemicals that can damage rubber parts that are essential to the proper functioning of your toilet.
If your toilet gets clogged, there is a low level of water in toilet, and the plunger is not working, you may fix the problem by dumping warm water from a bucket into your toilet from about waist level. Do this every time the water level gets too low.
If something is wrong with the disposal in your sink, avoid the temptation to stick your hand in there to fix it. Garbage disposals can be dangerous, even when they are turned off. Try to find a diagram, or troubleshooting guide for your particular disposal on the Internet.
Place a strainer over the drains to collect anything that could clog and cause stoppage. Your kitchen sink strainer must be cleaned whenever it catches anything. Clean bathtub drain screens as often as needed.
To make sure your garbage disposal last a long time, clean it regularly. Prevent unsavory disposal odors through regular use of citrus peel, cherry pits and dish detergent.
Keep the drains in your bathtub working properly by pouring a cup’s worth of baking soda and than a cup’s worth of vinegar directly down your drain every month. Cover it with a plug or rag, because a chemical reaction is sure to occur in your pipes. After a few minutes,just flush the drain out with water that has reached a boiling point. Although this is useful for clearing away simple clogs made of hair and soap debris, it will not work for serious blockages.
The key to avoid plumbing problems is a combination of technical knowledge and access to the requisite materials. Knowing the basics of maintaining good plumbing can help a homeowner to make sound decisions. Also, that savvy homeowner who researches everything and prepares for undertaking a plumbing issue before it really begins is better able to repair the problem more quickly and easily.