It is a common occurrence after you purchase a home to eventually see plumbing problems start to crop up. The most common places these problems pop up is in the kitchen or in the bathroom. Every homeowner will have to deal with a plumbing problem of some kind. Continue on for some helpful tips so you can take care of these problems if they happen.
To keep your pipes from getting frozen, always maintain a temperature in the house above freezing and make sure all pipes exposed to outside elements are insulated properly. If the temperature surrounding these pipes is below the freezing point, your pipes could freeze. It could take some time in order for the pipes to thaw out so that you can have running water. In the worst case, the pipes would burst, and you would be stuck with costly repairs and a very messy cleanup procedure.
If one of your water pipes freezes, turn on the tap to the faucet nearest the pipe so that the water has somewhere to exit as the pipe thaws. This helps to relieve the pressure in the pipe and may prevent bursting, which can prevent further damage to your home.
Don’t use harsh chemicals such as toilet tablets in your toilet. While they may be effective deodorizers, they can damage rubber parts in your toilet. If they become too damaged, your toilet will not operate properly.
If your toilet happens to be clogged, and the plunger is not working, you can pour a bucket of hot water down the toilet, but be sure to pour it from a height that is waist level or above so you do not flood the bathroom. Repeat this procedure if necessary as the water returns back to a lower level.
Place a strainer on top of every drain so that you collect all debris that has the ability to clog the drain. Clean the kitchen sink strainer any time something collects in it. You should clean out the strainer in your bathtub often.
If your home runs on well water and you notice any orange or pink stains in your fixtures or tub, this is because of iron in your water. You can combat this by using a water softener. You can either purchase it at a store, or hire a company to come to your house to set it up for you.
Make a schedule for plumbing work, so it occurs all at approximately the same time. By doing so, you can save up enough money to pay for the repairs. Doing this can also save you money, since it’s common for plumbers to charge hourly rates. It’ll condense the total amount of time they need to spend to something you can more easily afford.
Dishwashers that have too much water running into them could have a hose installed improperly. The hose connecting the sink the the dishwasher should be at an uphill angle and then downhill to prevent the water from mixing.
It is unwise to be unprepared for sudden plumbing problems. All homeowners should know the basics of plumbing. If you should face a future plumbing problem, the information you gained here will help you tackle the situation.