Water may be the source of all life, but it can also be a nemesis to the frustrated homeowner dealing with plumbing problems. There is not much else short of catastrophe that is going to cause as much damage to a home as plumbing issues. Fortunately, homeowners can take a lot of steps to prevent plumbing nightmares and to minimize the effects when they occur.
To avoid frozen pipes in your home, never allow the temperature in your house to drop below freezing and insulate any pipes that are exposed to the elements. The pipes will be able to freeze if the temperature surrounding the pipes drops below freezing. If pipes do freeze, the best possible scenario would include taking time for the pipes to thaw and any frozen water to drain. On the other hand, they can burst, which gets messy and really expensive.
To prevent your frozen pipes from bursting, leave the nearest faucet on to give the water a way to escape. This can prevent damage to your house because it lets the pressure that is in the pipe out, and keeps it from bursting.
Putting a cup of any kind of baking soda followed with a cup of white vinegar each month will keep your drain running smoothly. This will cause the vigorous bubbling you may remember from the “volcano” in a grade school science project, so be sure to close the drain with a stopper. Wait for a bit, then flush with boiling water. This should help clear your pipes of accumulated hair and soap scum.
If your garbage disposal is not working correctly, you should not try to fix it by putting your hand in through the drain. Your garbage disposal is a dangerous device, even when turned off. Use the Internet to find a diagram of your device, or a troubleshooter.
The dryer has a lint trap that must be kept clean. This not only prevents fires, but saves money. Be sure you inspect your lint trap for tears or holes that could mean lint is going into your pipes, which can cause clogs and issues.
Give all drains strainers to gather particulate matter that can clog pipes. Whenever large particles become trapped in the strainer, remove them. The ones in your bathtub should also be cleaned frequently, as needed.
Clean the aerator to adjust water pressure issues which result from sediment build up. Remove the aerator, and then take it apart so it can be cleaned with a brush that has been dipped in vinegar. Then you can simply rinse off the aerator and reassemble the faucet. This should raise the water pressure nicely because anything that was inside of the aerator will be removed.
Never pour grease or anything fatty or oily into your drain. As they cool off, they can solidify and effectively create clogs and blockages in your drains. This can make your garbage disposal run slower. You should dispose of all oils outside of the sink.
If you have to take out the clean out plug and cannot do it, you can do it this two ways. The first one is to use a hammer and chisel to attempt loosening the fitting. The only other thing you can do is chisel through it.
If you have a well at your home and notice pink or orange stains around the drains of your tub or sink, this is most likely caused by an excess of iron in your water. This is fixed by using water softener, which can be bought at a store, or you can have someone come to your home and fix it.
Check your faucets outdoors for drips before the first winter freeze. If the faucets have these problems, they will have to be repaired before temperatures reach the freezing point. Pipes that are made of copper, steel, or plastic are vulnerable to cracking when water freezes and increases the pressure. One small crack is all it takes to cause serious water damage to your home.
Use services like the Consumer Affairs Department to find a reputable contractor. They will tell you if their licenses are all up to date or if they have received any negative feedback. They need a current license that is in good standing, and if not then you should look elsewhere.
Keep the garbage disposal clean to make sure it will last as many years as your house does. By incorporating a regular cleaning routine, your garbage disposal can stay running smoothly. One way to clean your disposal is to run dish detergent and lemon rinds through your garbage disposal. As an added benefit, this technique will also eliminate any scents from your disposal.
Many individuals have no idea what is involved in plumbing, so they willingly spend large amounts of money to have a plumber make repairs. All homeowners should work to become educated about plumbing so they have an idea what contractors do when they come. This will protect you against scams.
Flush your drain with a constant stream of cold water when operating your drain mounted disposal unit. Cold water keeps blades sharp and allows for smoother disposal. Avoid using hot water, as this will liquefy grease, causing it to build up in the drain and obstruct your pipes.
Try to limit the amount of exposure to the sun you receive. Wrapped up in complicated work, you forget the danger of sun exposure over a long period of time.
In order to stay away from plumbing problems, you should make sure you are knowledgeable about the basics and prepared for the worst. A person that learns the basics will make less mistakes and avoid hazardous plumbing situations. Also, a homeowner who researches solutions before working on plumbing will avoid potential disasters.
Look closely for loose tiles, as this is an indication of water damage. Tiles that are not tight can be a warning sign that you have a leak. Feel each tile carefully to see if there is enough resistance. If the tile does yield, the problem should be investigated immediately. It is much easier to fix a plumbing problem in its early stages.
Originally posted 2016-05-20 08:11:01.