If you are a homeowner and you have water issues, it can be a very daunting task. Besides dealing with natural disasters, a major plumbing problem can be one of the most challenging parts of home ownership. Thankfully, there are many steps a homeowner can take to prevent plumbing headaches from occurring, while also minimizing problems should they happen.
If you possess pipes that are alive with the sound of squeaking or hammering, you have an issue that is easily corrected. Exposed pipes need to be anchored. For pipes that are situated inside walls, or the floor or ceiling, you should hire a professional.
If you have a clogged toilet with the water level very low, and plunging it isn’t working, it’s possible to resolve this by pouring warm water from a bucket directly into the toilet bowl from about waist level. Once the water is lower, do this again.
If you have grout in your water line, you shouldn’t try cleaning it yourself because it will be pointless. You could try to break up all the grout to send it down further. It works better if you have plastic pipes instead of metal pipes. However, ultimately it usually requires a professional to rid you of this problem.
Most people run water in their sink when using their garbage disposal. Most plumbers advise that you run water when using your garbage disposal, although many disagree. However, some advice that it can prevent garbage sticking to your disposal, preventing damage. Read your product guide for instructions.
Keep from using harsh drain cleaners. Drain cleaners contain very corrosive chemicals that can cause damage to your pipes if used too much. Instead, if you find your drain is blocked up, look at hiring a professional to come out and look at it to see what the problem is.
If you need a plumber, check out their reviews before hiring. Some plumbers may not be experienced or skilled enough to be able to handle some jobs, and can actually make the problem worse. Search for reviews of plumbers, or ask friends or family members to recommend a competent plumber.
Government agencies can provide information about plumbing contractors. You can learn if a contractor’s license is valid and if any complaints have been filed against them. Plumbers that you contract to work on your house should both have a current license and a good standing with their previous clients.
You should always know where the main water cut-off valve is located on your property. The water meter for your property should be close to it. Fixtures, such as toilets and sinks, may also have individual shut-off valves. Show your family members where these valves are, and then add markings that show how they should be turned off if an emergency occurs.
In order to stay away from plumbing problems, you should make sure you are knowledgeable about the basics and prepared for the worst. The homeowner who learns a little bit about plumbing is more likely to make wise decisions and avoid dangerous plumbing situations. Indeed, those who proactively understand plumbing issues are far more likely to be able to solve a problem as soon as it occurs.