While it’s the source of life, water is the enemy of a homeowner facing plumbing problems. There are few things that cause more damage to your home than a big plumbing problem. This article will give you some great tips to help you avoid a plumbing disaster.
Noisy pipes that make squeaking or hammering sounds are an easy problem to fix. Anchor exposed pipes to get rid of noises. It may be necessary to hire a professional to address noisy pipes that are located in less accessible places in 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.
The areas of floor around your toilets are particularly susceptible to water damage; here’s how you can check them. Sit reversed on the toilet (facing the tank) with your feet on the floor. Rock your weight onto each foot in turn and see if you can feel any weakness or “give” in the floor. You can wind up saving your money simply by noticing the problem early on.
Place a strainer over the drains to collect anything that could clog and cause stoppage. Clean debris from these strainers after each use. Strainers placed in a bathtub can be cleaned periodically.
Don’t pour cooking grease, leftover frying fat or any oils down your sink drain. Grease hardens when it cools and will clog your pipes. This can make your garbage disposal run slower. To keep your drain running efficiently, dispose of fats and oils in other ways besides pouring them down the drain.
If you have multiple plumbing problems, schedule all of them to be fixed together. You might be tempted to have a plumber come out for every little thing that happens, but kicking the can on some issues until you have a list means you can save a few bucks. Another reason it lowers costs is that plumbers bill per hour worked, and due to partial hour effects, doing all the work at once results in lower billable hours.
Ensure that the overflow holes in your sinks are not clogged. 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. When you do periodic checks for any other problems or repairs that are needed, take the time to clear the holes that are there to protect you from overflow.
To keep possible toilet problems as small as possible, you should prevent using it like it’s a trash can. A lot of commonly-flushed items such as tissues, cotton balls and swabs, paper towels, diapers, and sanitary napkins can clog up a toilet by failing to dissolve properly. Even toilet tissue should be used conservatively. Use enough to clean yourself, of course, but if you need to use wads of tissue you should flush several times in the process instead of waiting till the end.
Being knowledgeable and prepared are the best ways to avoid plumbing issues. Even just learning the basics will go a long way to prevent costly and damaging mistakes. Indeed, those who proactively understand plumbing issues are far more likely to be able to solve a problem as soon as it occurs.