It can be hard to decide where to start when it comes to educating yourself on plumbing. This article will provide you with some tips you can apply as you take on your next plumbing challenge.
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. Obviously, if it is below freezing outdoors, the pipes will be subjected to the same temperatures. If you are lucky, you will only experience a minor inconvenience until the pipes thaw. However, they could burst, which would cause a huge mess and an extremely big repair bill.
If one of your water pipes freezes, turn on the tap to the faucet nearest the pipe so that the water has somewhere to exit as the pipe thaws. This helps decrease any pressure in order to prevent burst pipes. A burst pipe can create damage that is expensive to repair.
Your plumbing experience can go a lot smoother when you know your tools, as well as how to handle them properly. Read every manual, and use the Internet and library to research the projects that you plan on doing. Think ahead and learn everything you can before tackling a plumbing repair project. If you make things worse rather than better, you’ll have to pay expensive plumbing fees to fix the problems.
Place a strainer on top of every drain so that you collect all debris that has the ability to clog the drain. Clean the kitchen sink strainer any time something collects in it. Those in the bathtub should be cleaned out periodically, as needed.
If your house uses well water and you start to see orange or pink stains in your tub and other water fixtures, you have too much iron in your water. A water softener can filter out unnecessary minerals, and leave you with clean, usable water.
Keep the drain in your bathtub working well by pouring one cup baking soda into the drain quickly followed by about a cup of white vinegar. Seal off the drain with a conventional plug or a piece of fabric while the natural chemical reaction takes place. After about 10 minutes you can flush the pipes out with boiling water. Doing this periodically should keep your pipes free of hair and soap scum.
Check to make sure that overflow holes are not clogged up. You may not even notice the overflow holes on your sink, but if you have a major water leak you will soon regret your apathy. When checking for potential problems and repairs, you should also remove obstructions from the overflow holes.
One easy way to save on energy and water is to install efficiency-oriented shower heads. The shower uses most of the hot water. Investing just a few bucks in these newer shower heads can yield triple digit annual savings.
Be sure to clean your dryer’s lint trap. This can save you a lot of trouble, including preventing fires. Also, check the lint trap to see if there are telltale signs that lint may be leaking into your pipes through holes and tears.
As you now know, dealing with plumbing is not as hard as you may have thought. You just need the basics to get started. All you need to do to start is do your homework, common sense, and best method to go about doing your job.