When someone doesn’t know how to fix a plumbing problem it can seem difficult and daunting to even think about it. There can be a long wait time for a professional plumber, and you can pay a lot of money for something that can be fixed without that much trouble. Continue reading to learn some tips which should make your plumbing projects easy to tackle in the future.
Plumbing that constantly squeaks, pounds, and emits other noises is irritating but, fortunately, the problem is often easily fixed. If pipes are exposed, you must anchor them. For pipes that are situated inside walls, or the floor or ceiling, you should hire a professional.
It is important that you do not pay a plumber in full, until all of the work is complete and satisfactory. It is customary to put down one-third to one-half of the total cost before the work is started, but do not pay in full until it is complete. If you pay everything up front, you have no recourse if the plumber doesn’t finish the job or doesn’t do it correctly.
While various toilet tablets and odor removers may be tempting, it’s best not to use them in your toilet. Either kind of toilet tablet might break down obnoxious smells in your toilet, but they might also break down the rubber parts, resulting in malfunction.
Never reach into your garbage disposal with bare hands, even if there is a serious problem with it. Even when the garbage disposal is turned off they can be dangerous. Try to find a diagram, or troubleshooting guide for your particular disposal on the Internet.
Check for softness in your floor to determine flood damage. Another great way to check is to actually sit on the toilet and move in a rocking motion, going back and forth from right to left to see how much give you feel. Early detection of the problem may save you a great deal of money over time.
Use a strainer over your sink drain to catch food and other bits of material. Otherwise, you will likely get a clogged drain. Anytime there is something caught in your kitchen drain, you should clean it out. The ones in the bathroom can be cleaned out as needed.
To keep things flowing smoothly through the drain of your bathtub, each month you should feed it baking soda, one cup’s worth, with a cup of vinegar to chase it. 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 until the chemical reaction runs its course, then flush the pipes by pouring in a kettle full of boiling water. By taking these steps, you have a good chance of ridding your pipes of hair and soap scum.
As you can see, plumbing problems don’t have to be so difficult. If you can solve the problem yourself, you can save time waiting for a plumber, as well as saving a whole lot of money. Try applying what you’ve learned from this article next time you have a plumbing problem!