Many homeowners experience plumbing issues at one point or another. It’s most common to have plumbing problems in your bathroom or kitchen. Usually, homeowners have to handle plumbing issues at some point. Here are some helpful plumbing tips in case you find yourself in that situation, or any other situation where you will need to do some plumbing work.
If you have a frozen pipe, turn on the nearest faucet so the water has an escape route when the pipe starts to thaw. This will relieve pressure and might prevent the pipe from bursting, preventing further damage.
Check carefully around the base of your toilet for any damage caused by leaks. Put a foot on each side of the toilet and put weight on each side, if you have any give you may have damage. Identify any damage and repair it before it gets worse. In the long run, you are likely to save money by not putting off the repair.
Place a strainer on top of every drain so that you collect all debris that has the ability to clog the drain. Whenever large particles become trapped in the strainer, remove them. The ones in your bathtub should also be cleaned frequently, as needed.
Try to never pour grease, fat, or any oil-based liquids into your drains. As they cool off, they can solidify and effectively create clogs and blockages in your drains. This is very true for garbage disposal, since fat will make the blades run less quickly and efficiently. Make sure you dispose of oils away from the sink.
If you notice orange or pink stains in your bathroom fixtures, this is because of the iron in your water. This is fixed by using water softener, which can be bought at a store, or you can have someone come to your home and fix it.
Always have cold water running when you are using your garbage disposal. Cold water keeps blades sharp and encourage a smoother disposal. Hot water will liquefy grease and build up inside the drain, eventually causing clogs.
Homeowners cause themselves a disservice by not having a little plumbing knowledge prior to a plumbing problem. All homeowners should have some basic plumbing tools, they should also be aware of a few plumbing tips. If a plumbing problem arises in your future, the information you read in this article should help you deal with it.