Everyone has a plumbing question at one time or another. Be it a do-it-yourself repair or just general preventative maintenance, we need plumbing advice. These tips and hints will give you a little enlightenment on both ends of the spectrum, thus giving you the choice to proceed as you need with your plumbing demands.
Never reach into your garbage disposal with bare hands, even if there is a serious problem with it. Even if the disposal is turned off, it can still be hazardous. You can search online to get schematics or troubleshooting advice for your garbage disposal.
Inspect around the toilets for softness in the floors to see if any damage has occurred. Straddle the toilet, then start rocking on each foot to check whether you feel softness or weakening on the floor under you. As with many problems, early detection can save you a lot of money.
A strainer positioned over a drain can prevent stoppage by collecting food particles as they try to enter the drain. Clean debris from these strainers after each use. Clean bathtub drain screens as often as needed.
If your home has a well for water and there are pink or orange stains in the sinks and tubs, this could be due to high iron content in your water. This can be remedied by using a water softener which can be purchased at a shop, or a company can pay a visit to your home and handle the situation for you.
Check overflow holes to make sure there’s no clog. Overflow holes are used in case the sink starts to overfill, which may not seem like a big problem–until it is. Clear the overflow holes periodically when you are doing your periodic checks for other problems and things that need to be repaired.
Use lots of cold water when you run your garbage disposal. 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.
If there is unwanted water draining into the dishwasher, it is most likely because of the hose to the kitchen sink being installed improperly. The hose going from the dishwasher to the sink needs to angle uphill before going back downhill to prevent water from both being mixed.
Make sure you do educate yourself ahead of time before situations arise. Keeping on top of maintenance is likely to stop problems before they even start. Use this advice for any future plumbing needs.