Water, while a life source, can mean major plumbing problems for homeowners. Few issues, short of a natural disaster, can cause more damage to a house than a serious plumbing fault. However, there are many ways homeowners can protect themselves from these issues and create plans for minimizing these issues when they do arise.
Knowing which tools to use and how to operate them is essential to any aspiring plumber. Read your manuals and books, either online or at the library, to teach yourself do it yourself plumbing. Plan thoroughly before attempting a repair. Mistakes can be very expensive to fix.
Do not pour grease or other oils in your sink or down your drain. These substances will harden as soon as they cool down, and clog your drains. Even with a garbage disposal, you are going to cause it to be less efficient and risk drain backups. Make certain you dispose of all oils in other places other than the sink.
Use cold water when using your garbage disposal. Cold water helps to maintain the sharpness of the blades and makes the disposal run more smoothly. If you use hot water it will liquefy the grease, allowing it to accumulate in your drain causing your pipes to clog.
Don’t use your toilet as a trash can in order to avoid problems. Don’t flush items like paper towels, sanitary napkins, diapers or cotton balls, because these items don’t break down and may cause clogging issues. In addition, you should only use the amount of toilet paper that is absolutely necessary when cleaning yourself.
If possible, try not to use drain cleaners. There are some harsh, corrosive chemicals found in these drain cleaners. That’s why they work so well to knock out clogs. Over time, they will corrode your pipes. If you discover that you have a blocked drain, the best course of action is to hire a professional to call by and examine it for you.
It may be that you cannot control which plumber is sent to your house, though it is possible to read up on their qualifications. Your insurance company may schedule a plumber for you, but you can still prepare for them by looking at their website and checking out customer reviews and feedback.
Do this little test to investigate whether your toilet leaks. To find out if your toilet is leaking the only thing you need to do is place a few drops of food coloring in the tank of your toilet. If colored water appears in the toilet bowl, this means your toilet is leaking.
Valves that are not used often can get fused together. You have to turn them often to avoid sticking, and keep penetrating them with oil.
As it is with anything, good preparation and education are keys to avoiding problems, and this holds true with plumbing as well. By learning more about plumbing, a homeowner can make the right decisions and reduce the chance of plumbing problems. Indeed, those who proactively understand plumbing issues are far more likely to be able to solve a problem as soon as it occurs.