Having plumbing issues in your home can cause disastrous consequences. The tips in this article will help give you the knowledge you need to start fixing your own plumbing problems.
You can easily fix noisy pipes. You simply have to securely fasten any pipes that are exposed. You may need to hire a professional to help with any projects involving pipes that are hidden in the floors, ceiling or walls.
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. Your pipes can freeze if temperatures around them fall below freezing. If pipes do freeze, the best possible scenario would include taking time for the pipes to thaw and any frozen water to drain. But, more importantly, the pipes can burst, which will cause a huge mess and big repair bill.
If a plumbing project is in your future, know two things: what tools you have, and how you are supposed to use them. Read all of the equipment’s manuals and read up as much as you can on plumbing projects. Make sure that, before you jump in and start taking things apart, you plan your plumbing repair first.
Don’t use bleach tablets, odor removers or those blue tablets in your toilet. These may deodorize, but they can seriously damage the rubber pieces in the toilet, causing poor functionality or even complete breakdown of the fixture.
If you have a clogged toilet with a low water level and a plunger isn’t doing the job, it’s time to try adding a bucket of lukewarm water to the toilet from a around three feet or higher. Do this as often as necessary if the water level dips back down again.
Don’t pour oils, grease or fat down the drain. These materials may be liquid when you pour them in, but they will solidify and cause problems. This is most true if you use a garbage disposal, as the fat causes the blades to function slower and they will become less efficient. Be sure to get rid of oil products away from your sink.
However, if you mix a cup of vinegar and a cup of baking soda and send them down your tub’s drain each month, the flow will keep going smoothly. Afterward, place a washcloth or towel over the top of the drain, to keep the chemical reactions contained. Pause a few minutes, and then follow the mixture with boiling water. Doing this will clear your pipes of any soap scum or hair that has accumulated.
You should make sure that the holes are not stopped up on the overflow. 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. The overflow holes should be cleaned out regularly; do this when you are making your regular checks for other issues that necessitate fixing.
Problems with plumbing may seem to hard to handle, but if you work at them and stay dedicated you will be able to fix them. With knowledge, you can deal with some plumbing problems without needing to hire a plumber. Hopefully this article has provided you with some useful advice for the next time you face another plumbing problem.