Plumbing issues may negatively affect your household items and home. These tips below can help you remedy your plumbing problems.
Water from wells can cause orange or rust colored stains in places like bathtubs and sinks. This comes from large amounts of iron present in the water. A water softener can cure this problem and can be installed by you, or you may opt to have a professional to come and install it for you.
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. Afterward, place a washcloth or towel over the top of the drain, to keep the chemical reactions contained. Wait until the chemical reaction runs its course, then flush the pipes by pouring in a kettle full of boiling water. Doing this will help rid your pipes of disgusting soap scum and blockages.
Ensure that the overflow holes in your sinks are not clogged. These holes come into use if the skin overflows. Things can get problematic if they are clogged. Make sure to clean out the overflow holes each time you do maintenance checks on your sinks.
Run lots of cold water whenever you use your garbage disposal. Cold water keeps blades sharp and allows for smoother disposal. If you use hot water it will liquefy the grease, allowing it to accumulate in your drain causing your pipes to clog.
You can save a lot of money in your energy bills by putting in efficient shower heads. Most of the hot water we use is used while we are showering. If you use energy efficient heads for your showers, you can save hundreds each year on your bills.
Enzyme based pipe cleaners should be a first choice when you are trying to unclog a pipe that is blocked or draining slowly. These are cleaners that work by using natural bacteria to eat away at your clog, and turn it into a liquid that is then flushed from your pipes. Cleaners containing enzymes are some of the best you can buy.
Be sure to regularly clean out the lint trap that is in your dryer. This not only prevents fires, but saves money. Be sure to check the trap for tears and rips, because this can cause bigger problems as it may mean that lint is escaping into your pipes.
The key towards maintaining low plumbing repair bills is prevention. Drain clogging is a very common plumbing problem. Too much hair will clog a drain. A great way to help prevent those clogs is to install a screen on top of the drain. Just make sure that it properly fits your drain. Taking the hair off of the screen and disposing of it is cheaper and easier than removing it from the pipes.
Problems with plumbing can be tiresome, but with effort and patience, they can be repaired. With knowledge, you can deal with some plumbing problems without needing to hire a plumber. Use the advice offered above to help get you started.