Everyone has plumbing questions, sometimes. Everyone wants to understand how to fix a problem, or how to ensure their plumbing is well maintained so as to prevent problems from happening again, for example. This article has tips to prepare you for plumbing issues or emergencies.
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. This can relieve the pipe pressure that could cause bursting and further home damage.
Avoid paying the plumber until he finishes the job. It is customary to put down one-third to one-half of the total cost before the work is started, but do not pay in full until it is complete. You should make sure the plumber did a good job before you pay in full.
Don’t be tempted to use commercial bleach tablets, blue toilet tablets or any other product that claims to prevent toilet odor. While they are good at removing odors, they have a detrimental effect on the parts of the toilet that are rubber. This can make it not function correctly and may even break it.
Don’t put oil, grease or fat into your drain. These substances will harden as soon as they cool down, and clog your drains. Your garbage disposal is particularly vulnerable to this issue, as the fat solids will slow the motion of the blades. This results in the disposal operating less efficiently. To keep your drain running efficiently, dispose of fats and oils in other ways besides pouring them down the drain.
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. This will cause the vigorous bubbling you may remember from the “volcano” in a grade school science project, so be sure to close the drain with a stopper. After letting it sit for a few moments, clear the pipes out with a gallon of boiling water. This method clears out soap scum buildup and accumulated hair that gets caught in the pipes.
Ensure overflow holes have not been clogged. These holes come into use if the skin overflows. Things can get problematic if they are clogged. It’s easy to maintain your plumbing, in this regard. When you’re performing periodic checks, simply clear any overflow holes while checking for other potential problems.
Dishwashers that have too much water running into them could have a hose installed improperly. A hose that is properly installed should lead uphill, then downhill, to discourage water from each area from mixing.
Get a good quality replacement shower head. Some people think they can get away with the cheapest version at the store. However, cheap parts don’t work as well and break down more quickly.
Make sure you do educate yourself ahead of time before situations arise. Also, doing a little routine maintenance can help to prevent problems from coming up in the first place. Apply these tips and take the time to inspect and maintain your system to save money.