Water, while a life source, can mean major plumbing problems for homeowners. Next to a natural disaster, the one thing that can ruin your home is a major plumbing issue. Luckily, there are many different ways to address plumbing problems before they get bad.
If your water pipe has frozen, start water running in the faucet closest to the frozen pipe. This will give excess water somewhere to drain as the ice in the pipe thaws. This reduces pressure to keep the pipe from bursting, which could prevent a big mess in your home.
If your toilet happens to be clogged, and the plunger is not working, you can pour a bucket of hot water down the toilet, but be sure to pour it from a height that is waist level or above so you do not flood the bathroom. Do this as often as necessary if the water level dips back down again.
The areas of floor around your toilets are particularly susceptible to water damage; here’s how you can check them. Sit on your toilet and sway across both feet to feel if there are any spots less firm than the others. You could save money if you notice these problems early.
Position a strainer over all drains to collect any particles that would otherwise go down the drain and possibly cause a stoppage. Your kitchen sink strainer must be cleaned whenever it catches anything. Strainers placed in a bathtub can be cleaned periodically.
Do not put any oil, fat, or greasy foods or products in your sink. This is a certain way to either slow your drainage or clog your drain entirely. This is most true if you use a garbage disposal, as the fat causes the blades to function slower and they will become less efficient. Make sure you dispose of oils away from the sink.
Make sure that you’re always cleaning your garbage disposal regularly. Doing this will save you from having to repair or replace an expensive piece of equipment in the future. In order to keep it clean, you can use a mixture of dish soap, cherry pits and lemon rinds which will keep the disposal running smooth and smelling fresh.
Ensure overflow holes don’t have any debris in them. Overflow holes are used in case the sink starts to overfill, which may not seem like a big problem–until it is. As you routinely look for things needing attention, check to be sure that the overflow holes are clear and unblocked.
If you operate the disposal on your sink, run plenty of cool water. Cold water keeps blades sharp and encourage a smoother disposal. When you use hot water, any grease that is in the garbage will melt and be more prone to stopping up your drain.
Should you spot unexpected water draining inside the dishwasher, you will probably need to check that the hose from the kitchen sink has been installed correctly. The hose connecting the sink the the dishwasher should be at an uphill angle and then downhill to prevent the water from mixing.
If you take care of your plumbing, you will have lower plumbing bills. Drain clogs are probably the most frequent issue you will run into with your plumbing. Drains easily get clogged by hair. Put drain covers over your bathtub and sink drains to keep loose hair from going down the drain or into your pipes. It’s a lot simpler to eliminate hair that is on a screen than eliminating it off a pipe.
Cold weather can cause expensive plumbing repairs if your pipes freeze. Fortunately, it is usually relatively easy to prevent your pipes from freezing. First, ensure that all outside pipes have sufficient insulation. And when the temperatures start dropping, you will want to drain your hoses and disconnect them, and then turn off all of the outside faucets. Be proactive about this and save on future repair bills.
Try not to use drain cleaners too often, it at all. Drain cleaners contain very corrosive chemicals that can cause damage to your pipes if used too much. If you find that your drain is clogged, think about hiring a plumber to do a estimate and tell you what the issue is.
When you have to take out the clean out plug, but it is not coming out, you can remove it using one of two ways. First, try using a chisel with a hammer to get the fitting loosened. If the plug itself is expendable, chiseling it into pieces and extracting them can work, too.
If there is sewage backing up in your toilet, it is probably due to blockage in a branch between the sewage and main lines. If you are unable to handle the issue on your own, you will need to hire a professional who can use a snake to unclog the line.
As we near the winter months, you should check that none of your outdoor faucets are drippy or leaking water. If there are drips or leaks, then the repairs need to be make prior to any freezing temperatures. Whatever the material of your pipes, freezing water causes pressure that can make them crack. One small crack is all it takes to cause serious water damage to your home.
Having a basic knowledge and being prepared are the first steps to successful plumbing repairs. Knowing as much as you can about plumbing will lead to making sound decisions and avoiding costly plumbing problems. A homeowner that researches plumbing and knows what they’re doing before a problem happens will be better off if there is a problem.