Working on the plumbing in your home can seem like a daunting task, and you might not know where to begin. There are lots of rules and regulations, tools to buy and many different procedures that need to be followed. Continue reading to find all the knowledge you’ll need to fix your own plumbing and even install new fixtures!
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. Pipes can freeze when the ambient temperature in the area of the pipes dips below freezing. It may take time to thaw so that you can have running water. However, they could burst, and that could make a mess and result in a big repair bill.
If your toilet is clogged, the water level in the toilet is low, and a plunger is not doing the trick, you may be able to resolve the problem by pouring a bucket of warm water into the toilet from waist level or higher. Do this as often as necessary if the water level dips back down again.
If you find you are having an issue with the garbage disposal, do not put your bare hands in the disposal. Garbage disposals are not healthy places for hands to be, even if they are not running. Go online and search for sketch of your disposal, or a troubleshooter.
Feel the floors around the toilets to see if they are soft; this will help you know if you have any damage. You can check for softness or weakness in the floor by placing one foot on each side of the toilet and rocking back and forth. Identify any damage and repair it before it gets worse. In the long run, you are likely to save money by not putting off the repair.
Avoid placing fat, grease, and other oils into your drain. This is a certain way to either slow your drainage or clog your drain entirely. This can make your garbage disposal run slower. See to it that you dispose the oils away from your sink.
Keep your bathtub in good shape by using a cup of baking soda and a cup of vinegar down its drain monthly. Plug the drain afterwards or cover it with a washcloth, as the two chemicals are going to react with each other. After waiting a few minutes, flush the drain with boiling water. By following this tip, you should be able to clear all the soap scum, hair, and other grime out of your pipes.
Ensure overflow holes don’t have any debris in them. Overflow holes divert water when a sink starts to fill up. That doesn’t happen often, but when it does, it can be a big problem if there is a clog. Make cleaning debris from the overflow holes part of your regular routine of maintaining your plumbing and checking it for problems and required repairs.
Plumbing, while at first it may seem intimidating, doesn’t have to be complicated at all. There are just many basic things to cover. All you need to do to start is do your homework, common sense, and best method to go about doing your job.