Now is the time to finally learn more about plumbing. If you can fix small problems by yourself, you won’t have to hire a plumber and you can prevent large plumbing problems. The excellent tips below will make you very happy you took the time now, especially the next time a basic plumbing issue creeps into your life.
Frozen pipes are on of the worst plumbing problems. Prevent the pipes from freezing by insulating any sections of pipe that are close to the outside walls, and never allowing the temperature inside to be below freezing. If ambient temperature surrounding pipes goes below freezing, pipes can freeze as well. It could take some time in order for the pipes to thaw out so that you can have running water. They could also burst costing you a lot of money and repairs.
To deal with a frozen pipe, turn on the faucet closest to the pipe. This gives the water a place to exit as the pipe defrosts. This will help relieve pressure in pipes to prevent them from bursting, which may prevent bigger damage for your home.
Do not give a plumber the entire payment for a job until the whole job is completed. In some cases, you have to make a down payment prior to the first day of work. This is okay to do; however, don’t let your plumber talk you into paying the entire cost of a job before he’s finished, and never pay the whole cost before he’s even begun. It is a good thing to know the plumber did his job as he agreed to before he get’s all of his money.
Don’t be tempted to use commercial bleach tablets, blue toilet tablets or any other product that claims to prevent toilet odor. These products can be great when it comes to getting rid of odors, but unfortunately, they can cause significant damage to the rubber portions of your toilet. This can lead to it breaking down or having other issues.
If you find you are having an issue with the garbage disposal, do not put your bare hands in the disposal. Even while turned off, the garbage disposal is still a dangerous place for your fingers. Look for a diagram of the garbage disposal you have on the Internet.
You can check for damage to the floors around the toilets by checking for soft areas. Straddle your toilet and gently rock foot to foot to see if your floor feels a little weak or soft. By noticing a problem early on, you can save yourself a bunch of money if you were to leave it alone.
To keep your garbage disposal working at its best, use plenty of cold water when you turn it on. The cold water will help keep the blades nice and sharp and will allow for a much smoother disposal. If you use hot water, any grease in the disposal will liquefy, causing it to accumulate further down the drain, which could cause clogs.
Knowing about basic plumbing is a valuable skill. If you are unsure if you will be able to fix a specific plumbing problem, avoid permanent damage and call a plumber. Hopefully you have learned from these tips and will apply these the next time you need to.