Plumbing problems are common issues for new homeowners. You’ll find them in the bathroom, kitchen, or basement, but hopefully not in the walls! Plumbing issues can be extremely expensive, especially if they are not handled immediately. 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.
Noisy pipes are actually a lot easier to fix than you would imagine. You must anchor all exposed pipes. Enlisting the aid of a professional may be necessary if any of the pipes are located in the floors, walls, or ceiling.
If your pipes freeze, turn on the water from the faucet nearest them to let water out when they start to thaw. This can prevent damage to your house because it lets the pressure that is in the pipe out, and keeps it from bursting.
Make sure the job gets done by not paying your plumber until you are satisfied, and the work is completed. 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. It is vital that you check your plumber has done all the work he promised before you have over the full payment. This will protect you against being scammed by fraudulent tradesmen.
Don’t use bleach tablets, odor removers or those blue tablets in your toilet. They can clean the bowl and remove odors, but they also damage the soft plastic and rubber parts in and around your toilet.
If a plunger is ineffective, you might be able to do the trick with a bucket of warm water. Do this as often as necessary if the water level dips back down again.
Never put your hands in your garbage disposal to fix a problem. Even when the garbage disposal is turned off they can be dangerous. Look for a diagram of the garbage disposal you have on the Internet.
Keep a strainer over every drain in your house to prevent stray debris from clogging your pipes. Anytime there is something caught in your kitchen drain, you should clean it out. Bathtubs should be equipped with strainers as well, and they too will need to be cleaned regularly.
Avoid dumping oil, fat, and grease in your drain. When they cool, they will harden and create clogs in your drains. Oils are especially damaging to garbage disposals. Get rid of any fat or oils outside or in the garbage can.
If you live in a home using well water and your bathtubs have stains pink and orange in color, this is likely a result of iron levels in the well water. Luckily, you can quickly fix this by adding some water softener to your supply. You can pick up this product at a lot of stores, or have it shipped out to you.
The worst thing you can do is to be unprepared when a plumbing problem arises. Anyone who owns a home needs to have a small arsenal of tools and tips at their disposal, just in case. If you’ve got a plumbing issue down the road, the tips you learned should help you a lot.